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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Doctor Who today materialised in the place where it all began for actor Matt Smith – who plays the intergalactic timelord.
Smith visited the National Youth Theatre (NYT) to meet 140 students taking the same first steps in drama that he did, a decade ago.
The theatre in Bermondsey, south London, unveiled him as its latest patron, today.
He entered the Academy in 2002, winning acclaim as a NYT student for his portrayal of Thomas Beckett in Murder in the Cathedral.
“I think from my experience, the thing about the NYT is that you learn through practice,” said Smith, 29.
“You’re out there on a stage, you’re doing a play, you’re being directed, you’re turning up for rehearsals every day and working as you would work in a professional rehearsal room.
“It completely transformed my life. No understatement. I’m proud to be part of it still and proud to be the organisation’s newest patron, as I care very deeply about it.”
NYT Artistic Director and CEO Paul Roseby knew Matt when he was a teen learning the ropes.
Mr Roseby said: “We’re all thrilled at the National Youth Theatre to announce that Matt Smith is the latest recruit to our illustrious list of Patrons, as we get ready for our Olympic and Paralympic performances.
“Matt is a perfect role model for the latest generation of brave new talent. Raw, fearless and a passion for theatre is something that doesn’t just sum up our company but also the wonderful Matt Smith.
“As we continue to operate in challenging economic times, like everyone in the arts, it’s always good to have a Doctor in the house.”