Matt Smith

On this date in 1982, actor Matt Smith was born in Northampton, England. Smith originally intended to be a soccer player, but after suffering from career-ending back injuries and advice from his theater teacher he turned to acting instead. He joined England's National Youth Theatre and went on to study creative writing and drama at the University of East Anglia. Smith is most famous for his portrayal of the eleventh reincarnation of The Doctor on BBC's “Doctor Who,” the longest running science fiction show in history. Smith was the youngest actor to play The Doctor, but most fans and critics responded positively to his performance. He has received many honors and awards for his work including a nomination for a BAFTA in 2010 for his work as the leading actor in “Doctor Who.” He has also appeared in the BBC's adaptations of Philip Pullman's “The Ruby in the Smoke” and “The Shadow in the North.” He had a major role in BBC's “Party Animals,” a political drama.

Matt Smith is active in BBC's two charities, Children in Need and Sports Relief, which help children and vulnerable people respectively. Smith is known as a very curious and enthusiastic person, and has expressed strong interest in history and physics.    

“I recently read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, which ignited my interest in a scientific, mathematical version of the world. No, I'm not religious. At all. I'm an atheist."

—Matt Smith in Dec. 3, 2011 Guardian interview with Euan Ferguson

Compiled by Sarah Eucalano

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