Matt Smith | Doctor Who
Matt Smith is best known for his role as the Eleventh Doctor on BBC's Doctor Who, for which he received a BAFTA award nomination in 2011. January 2009 saw Smith announced as the youngest actor to play the role at the age of 26. He appeared in three regular series, as well as the Doctor Who mini series The Sarah Jane Adventures, Night and the Doctor and Pond Life, and starred in the 50th anniversary special "Day of the Doctor" opposite David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor. He also made an appearance in The Five-ish Doctors Reboot, a 30-minute comedy episode written and directed by Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor) that gave a humorish look at the long running sci-fi series and the 50th anniversary. Smith has been the voice of the Doctor in several Doctor Who video games, including PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita's Doctor Who: Eternity clock.
Matt grew up aspiring to be a professional football player, and made the decision to pursue acting. He signed up for the National Youth Theatre to study Drama and Creative Writing after an injury halted his football career. He went on to perform plays in London including a stage adaptation of Swimming with Sharks with Christian Slater, and a critically acclaimed performance as Henry in That Face. Smith got his first big television role in 2007 playing Danny Foster in Party Animals, a BBC series about Westminster from the ground up - the young researchers and advisors shouldering huge responsibility in a frantic, high-stakes world. He also appeared in an episode of The Secret Life of a Call Girl opposite Billie Piper best known as The Doctor’s most famous companion since the revival.
In film, Matt co-starred in Clone (2010) with Penny Dreadful's Eva Green, a film about a woman so consumed by love, that when her partner dies, she births and raises his clone. Matt also played in the movie Terminator: Genisys movie, and was also cast in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River (formerly titled How to Catch a Monster).
More recently, Matt Smith portrayed the Duke of Edinburgh in the popular Netflix show The Crown, alonside Claire Foy in the role of Queen Elizabeth II.