Matt Smith is one of the most talented and sought-after actors of this generation, thanks to his versatile presence on screen. In 2005, at 26, he became the youngest actor to be cast as the doctor in the iconic science-fiction show ‘Doctor Who.’ Matt has established himself not only in the television world but also in movies and theater. He was highly recognized for his portrayal of Prince Philip in ‘The Crown,’ for which he earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Apart from these major roles, Matt has also left a remarkable impression with his performances in films like ‘Womb,’ ‘Last Night in Soho,’ and ‘Morbius.’
In HBO’s fantasy drama series, ‘House of the Dragon,’ Matt plays the role of Prince Daemon Targaryen, the presumptive heir to the Iron Throne and an experienced dragon-rider. It is a George R. R. Martin and Ryan J. Condal creation set as a prequel to the popular series ‘Game of Thrones.’ With several notable credits to his name, as he keeps expanding to newer projects, Matt’s personal life has also garnered curiosity among fans. If you’re one such fan, eager to know if there is also a special person in his life, we’ve got you covered!
Matt Smith’s Family and Background
Matthew Robert Smith belongs to a close-knit family that includes his mother, Lynne Smith, father, David Smith, and a sister Laura Jayne, who has featured in a famous music video called “Call On Me” by Eric Prydz. His sister is now the owner and director of the luxury event management company, The Girly Show and is also married with kids. Sadly, the siblings lost their father, David Smith, in May 2021. Talking about his father in a 2018 interview with BBC’s radio program ‘Desert Island Discs,’ Matt said, “My old man, he’s a legend. He’s the greatest influence on my life, bar none.”
“I often think all of my truest moments as an actor are somehow impersonations of him,” the actor added. “When I got Doctor Who, I rang him like two months in and I said ‘I can’t do this’ and he said ‘you can, the hardest thing in life is to adapt and you will adapt and you’ve got to adapt’ and I did, I adapted. He always said it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you enjoy it.” Matt went to Northampton School for Boys and was a great football player as a teenager, just like his grandfather, who had played for Notts County.
Happy birthday to our very own 🌟 star . You make us so proud every day . You are truly the most caring kindest young man and I’m glad you chose us to be your Muma and Papa ❤️ pic.twitter.com/E7GZakGV4L
— lynne smith (@smith_lynne) October 28, 2019
However, Matt’s plans to play professional football got ruined after having to discontinue it because of a serious back injury. Thus, he then turned to acting and joined drama at school, reportedly with the help of his drama teacher, Mr. Hardingham. Matt eventually also joined the National Youth Theatre in London and later graduated in drama and creative writing from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, in 2005. He has performed at the Royal Court and the National Theatre. The multi-talented actor also plays the guitar and is a good musician too.
Matt Smith’s Ex-Girlfriends
In an interview with The Guardian in 2010, Matt Smith said he “likes to think” he was always popular with girls. The actor once told Mirror UK that he met his first ever girlfriend at the meat aisle of a Tesco supermarket while he and his dad were getting groceries for home. While basking in the spotlight, Matt began dating Mayana Moura, a Brazilian actress, model, and singer, in 2008. However, the two broke off the relationship in about a year in 2009.
In the same 2010 interview, when asked about his idea of an ideal woman, Matt said, “Oh gosh! Daisy (Rebecca) Lowe is taken, so that’s out of the question. Haha! She’s a pretty lady… Oh, I don’t know. Someone lovely with a good heart who enjoys the things I enjoy… who plays the guitar.” Well, Matt pursued her, and the odds worked in his favor, as he began dating the fashion model in the same year. The two were in an on-again-off-again relationship for a while until they split in 2014.
Matt then moved on to date actress Lily James. They began seeing each other in 2014 after meeting on the sets of ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies.’ They indeed seemed happy together, with Lily even meeting Matt’s family. However, after spending almost 5 years together, the pair called it quits at the end of 2019. Although Matt has been linked to a few of his other co-stars like Claire Foy and Anya Taylor-Joy, none of the parties fanned the speculations, leading us to deem them as mere rumors.
Is Matt Smith Dating Anyone?
In early 2021, reports of Matt Smith dating financier Caroline Brady, the Vice President of Active Equity Impact Investing at asset management firm BlackRock, began doing the rounds. Although the reports have not been confirmed by any of the two, the actor and the investment banker haven’t denied them either. Interestingly, Caroline is the sister of actress and model Millie Brady, who was previously linked to singer Harry Styles.
Matt has refrained from disclosing any details of his current dating life and is also away from all forms of social media. However, he has spoken about wanting to have a family someday, as he believes children and happy life is what matters in the end. In an interview with Esquire Magazine, Matt opened up about his desire to have kids. He said, “I do think that’s what life is all about in the end. Children. Making a family. You know, when you’re dead, and you’re on the slab, that’s what’ll count.” Well, as the actor takes on new challenges, we wish him the best and for his desires to be soon fulfilled.