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Kirsty Young interviews actor Matt Smith, best known as the eleventh Timelord in Doctor Who. At 26, he became the youngest actor to take the part.

Matt Smith is best known as the eleventh Timelord in the BBC One series, Doctor Who. At 26, he became the youngest actor to take the part.

His future looked set to be in football: he played at youth level for Northampton Town, Nottingham Forest and Leicester City until a serious back condition ended his highly promising career prematurely. His drama teacher encouraged him to take up acting and he joined the National Youth Theatre and studied drama at the University of East Anglia. He played Lockwood in the National Theatre's touring production of The History Boys and was nominated for an Evening Standard Best Newcomer Award for his performance in Polly Stenham's That Face. He also appeared as a political researcher in the BBC Two parliamentary drama, Party Animals.

Despite being a surprise choice to play The Doctor in 2009, he became the first actor to be nominated for a BAFTA television award for his performance in this role, and has won two National Television Awards. When he left Doctor Who at the end of 2013, he appeared on stage as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho: The Musical.

In 2016 he took the part of HRH Prince Philip Mountbatten, The Duke of Edinburgh, in the Netflix series The Crown, and received great acclaim, leaving the role at the end of the second series in late 2017.

Presenter: Kirsty Young
Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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Fri 9 Mar 2018 09:00

Music Played

  • Oasis

    Roll With It

    • (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?.
    • Creation.
    • 2.
  • CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE

    • Pink Floyd

      The Great Gig In The Sky

      • The Dark Side of the Moon.
      • EMI.
      • 5.
  • Marvin Gaye

    Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

    • What’s Going On.
    • Tamla.
    • 6.
  • Paul van Dyk

    For An Angel (E-Werk Club Mix) (feat. Rachel McFarlane)

    • For An Angel 2009 (All Mixes).
    • New State Music.
    • 9.
  • Arcade Fire

    Keep The Car Running

    • Neon Bible.
    • Merge.
    • 2.
  • The Notorious B.I.G.

    Juicy (Radio Edit)

    • Juicy.
    • Arista.
    • 1.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Nessun Dorma

    Performer: Luciano Pavarotti. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Kurt Herbert Adler.
    • Essential Pavarotti II.
    • Decca.
    • 18.
  • LCD Soundsystem

    All My Friends

    • Sound of Silver.
    • DFA.
    • 5.
  • BOOK CHOICE

    Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes

  • LUXURY ITEM

    Endless supply of English Breakfast Tea

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Matt Smith
Producer Cathy Drysdale

Broadcasts

  • Sun 4 Mar 2018 11:15
  • Fri 9 Mar 2018 09:00

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