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Matt Smith takes over as the new Doctor Who
The New Doctor Who - Matt Smith
The New Doctor Who - Matt Smith

Matt Smith who was a pupil at Northampton School for Boys is taking over from David Tennant in 2010.

He is eleventh person to take on the role of Dr Who since the programme began in the 1960s.

At 27, he'll be the youngest actor to play the Time Lord.

Matt Smith was born in Northampton on 28 October, 1982. His career path could have been very different had a back injury not prevented him pursuing a career in football.

He played for the Leicester City and Nottingham Forest youth academies, but was steered towards drama when a teacher at Northampton School for Boys encouraged him to take the subject at A Level.

Matt Smith in The Ruby in The Smoke
Matt Smith in The Ruby in The Smoke

He left Northampton aged 18 to study drama and creative writing at University of East Anglia in Norwich.

His work with the National Youth Theatre got him both an agent and his first professional job before graduation.

Smith appeared in Fresh Kills at the Royal Court in 2004, and then joined the cast of On the Shore of the Wide World which transferred to the National Theatre. It was here that he took over the role of Lockwood in Alan Bennett's The History Boys.

His West End debut was in Swimming With Sharks opposite Christian Slater in 2007. In 2008 he played opposite Lindsay Duncan in That Face to critical acclaim at London's Duke of York's Theatre.

Matt Smith in The Shadow of The North
Matt Smith in The Shadow of The North

A versatile actor, he has also previously appeared in Party Animals and Belle De Jour: Secret Diary of a Call Girl, independent 'hitman comedy' film, In Bruges - opposite Colin Farrell, on stage in The History Boys, The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, and in drama on Radio 4: Rumpole and the Teenager.

David Tennant will continue to appear in further specials through 2009 as filming on season five of the current run, due to air in 2010, begins filming.

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