Matt Smith is an English-born film, television and stage actor. He began his career as a stage actor in the early 2000s and after a few years, he branched into television and film. The talented actor ultimately gained prominence when he was cast as the titular character in the long-running BBC series Doctor Who, becoming the youngest person to play the iconic role.
Smith also had a lead role in the highly-acclaimed Netflix drama series The Crown for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. The talented actor has also recorded a number of notable film credits including the 2015 Sci-Fi box-office hit Terminator Genisys.
Matt Smith’s Bio
Matthew Robert Smith was born in Northampton, England on 28 October 1982. His parents are David and Lynne Smith and he was raised alongside one sibling, a sister named Laura Jayne. He schooled at Northampton School for Boys where he displayed a spectacular talent in football. He played for the youth teams of a number of professional football clubs with the hope of eventually pursuing a football career. However, he was forced to quit the sport owing to a severe back injury.
Smith decided to give acting a shot following intense persuasion from his drama teacher. He received early training at the prestigious National Youth Theatre in London where he took part in several plays. Upon graduation from high school, he enrolled at the University of East Anglia where he studied drama and creative writing. He got his first on-screen roles in the BBC telefilms The Ruby in the Smoke (2006) and The Shadow in the North (2007). This was followed by a major role in the BBC TV drama series Party Animals (2007) as well as several other roles.
In January 2009, Matt Smith landed his breakthrough role as the eleventh incarnation of The Doctor, the title character in the age-long BBC Sci-Fi series Doctor Who (2010–14). At 26 years of age, he became the youngest person to be cast in the role and there were concerns at that time on whether he could play the role adequately. Eventually, the talented actor rendered a perfect portrayal of the character during his 4-year run as the Eleventh Doctor for which he received much critical acclaim. He became the first ‘The Doctor’ to receive a BAFTA nomination when he was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor in 2011.
Smith also received many accolades when he portrayed Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in the Netflix royal drama series The Crown (2016-17). In addition to his brilliant TV work, Smith has also featured in several movies including Womb (2010), Lost River (2014), Terminator Genisys (2015), Patient Zero (2018) and Mapplethorpe (2018).
While waiting to get his hands on those megablockbuster movie roles, Matt Smith has made quite a fortune for his work on the small screen. He earned a sizeable pay cheque for his lead role in the Sci-Fi series Doctor Who as well as his 2-year stint on the Netflix series The Crown. Smith’s several movie roles, as well as his work as a stage actor, have all been financially-rewarding. With these and several other ventures, he has amassed an enviable net worth of $9 million.
Family, Wife or Girlfriend
Matt Smith is unmarried at the moment but there are indications that he just might take that major step sometime in the near future. He is in a relationship with gorgeous English actress Lily James. The two have been together since 2014 when they met on the set of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
James sparked off engagement rumors in early 2018 when she arrived at the BAFTA Awards ceremony wearing a large diamond ring. There has been no confirmation to these rumors, however, this couple has continued to give us reasons to believe that they indeed have a future together.
On his part, Smith revealed in a March 2018 interview, that he would love to start a family very soon. One thing is certain, this couple has something brewing, either wedding bells or baby news, but only time will tell.
Is Matt Smith Gay?
Since shooting into the limelight, Matt Smith has had his fair share of romantic involvements and all have been with people of the opposite sex. His sexual preference seems pretty obvious going by his dating timeline. However, owing to the fact that he has portrayed gay characters in several films, including the 2018 biopic Mapplethorpe, there have been speculations surrounding his true sexuality. Well, the actor is known to be straight and has not made any assertions to suggest otherwise.