Matt Smith is an English-born film, television, and theater actor. He began his career as a theater actor in the early 2000s and after a few years, he switched to television and film. The talented actor eventually achieved fame when he was cast as the title character in the long-running BBC series Doctor Who, becoming the youngest person to play this iconic role.
Smith also starred in the highly acclaimed Netflix drama series The Crown, for which he received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award. The talented actor has also made a number of notable films, including the 2015 sci-fi blockbuster Terminator Genisys.
Matt Smith’s Bio
Matthew Robert Smith was born in Northampton, England, on October 28, 1982. His parents are David and Lynne Smith, and he grew up with a sister named Laura Jayne, a sibling. He went to school at the Northampton School for Boys, where he showed a spectacular talent in football. He played for the youth teams of a number of professional football clubs in the hope of eventually making a football career. Due to a severe back injury, however, he was forced to give up the sport.
Smith decided to give acting a chance after intensive persuasion by his acting teacher. He received early education at the renowned National Youth Theatre in London, where he took part in several plays. After high school, he enrolled at the University of East Anglia, where he studied acting and creative writing. He received his first screen roles in the BBC telefilms The Ruby in the Smoke (2006) and The Shadow in the North (2007). This was followed by a leading role in the BBC television drama series Party Animals (2007) and several other roles.
In January 2009, Matt Smith landed his groundbreaking role as the eleventh incarnation of The Doctor, the title character in the long-running BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who (2010-14). At 26, he became the youngest person to be cast in the role, and at that time there were concerns about whether he could play the role adequately. Finally, during his four-year career as the eleventh doctor, for which he received much critical acclaim, the talented actor gave a perfect performance of the character. He was the first “The Doctor” to receive a BAFTA nomination when he was nominated for the 2011 BAFTA Television Award for Best Actor.
Smith also received many awards when he portrayed Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in the royal Netflix drama series The Crown (2016-17). In addition to his brilliant television work, Smith has also appeared in several films, including Womb (2010), Lost River (2014), Terminator Genisys (2015), Patient Zero (2018), and Mapplethorpe (2018).
While he waited to get his hands on these mega-blockbuster film reels, Matt Smith earned quite a fortune for his work on the small screen. He earned a handsome paycheck for his starring role in the sci-fi series Doctor Who and for his two-year stint in the Netflix series The Crown. Smith’s several film roles and his work as a theater actor have all been financially rewarded. With these and several other ventures, he has accumulated an enviable net worth of $9 million.
Family, Wife or Girlfriend
Matt Smith is currently unmarried, but there are signs that he may take this important step at some point in the near future. He is in a relationship with the 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 triggered engagement rumors in early 2018 when she came to the BAFTA award ceremony with a large diamond ring. These rumors were not confirmed, but this couple has continued to give us reason to believe that they do indeed have a future together.
Smith, for his part, revealed in an interview in March 2018 that he wants to start a family very soon. One thing is for sure: something is brewing in this couple, either wedding bells or baby news, but that will only become apparent over time.
Is Matt Smith Gay?
Since he came into the limelight, Matt Smith has had his fair share of romantic relationships, and everyone has been with people of the opposite sex. His sexual preference seems pretty obvious when you look at his dating timeline. However, due to the fact that he has portrayed gay characters in several films, including the biography Mapplethorpe, published in 2018, there has been speculation about his true sexuality. Well, the actor is known to be heterosexual and has made no claims that would suggest otherwise.