Matt Smith

On January 3rd 2009, the BBC confirmed the casting of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor. Smith grew up in Northampton and attended Northampton School for Boys during his teen years, with the intention of becoming a professional football player. After obtaining a serious back injury, he was forced to pull out of his favourite sport, and instead turned to acting after his drama teacher offered him a part in the school production of Twelve Angry Men. It was this that prompted his love for drama, and upon leaving school, he went on to study it at the University of East Anglia.

After appearing in various professional theatre productions, including On the Shore of the Wild World, The History Boys, Murder in the Cathedral and The Master and Margarita, Smith made his television debut in 2006, appearing alongside Billie Piper as Jim Taylor in the BBC One adaptation of Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke.

His other television credits include the BBC drama Party Animals, in which he played Danny Foster, and DS Dan Twentyman in Moses Jones for the BBC.

Smith made his on-screen debut as the Doctor at the end of The End of Time, Part Two on New Year's Day, and his first series began airing on April 3rd 2010.