Matthew Robert Smith was born in 1982. He’s recognized for playing the eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who and Prince Philip in The Crown, which won him an Emmy nomination.
Smith wanted to be a pro footballer, but spondylolysis sidelined him. After joining the National Youth Theatre and studying drama and creative writing at UEA, he became an actor in 2003, performing in Murder in the Cathedral, Fresh Kills, The History Boys, and On the Shore of the Wide World in London. Since expanding into West End theatre, he’s appeared in Swimming with Sharks and That Face.
Why Matt Smith Was Perfect for Game of Thrones Prequel
Matt Smith was the only candidate for the role of Prince Daemon Targaryen in House of Dragons. Ryan Condal, who works as co-showrunner alongside Miguel Sapochnik, tells us this when he discusses the Game of Thrones prequel with Den of Geek magazine on Thursday.
As “Lord Flea Bottom” and “Prince of the City” in Fire & Blood, George R. R. Martin’s fictitious history of the Targaryen family, Daemon was always going to be a juicy role for any actor. As the younger, more confident brother of old King Viserys (Paddy Considine in House of the Dragon), Daemon appears on the page as close to a rock star as King’s Landing has ever seen. He is a man who fights pirates for fun yet acts like one nonetheless.
However, Martin and Condal seemed to view Lord Flea Bottom through a different, perhaps more humane lens when they first started talking about the idea of turning Daemon’s era, and the bloody “Dance of the Dragons” civil war it wrought, into a Game of Thrones spinoff. Martin and Condal are credited as co-creators of House of the Dragon. Smith was also unexpectedly the top pick for a Targaryen rogue thanks to one of his most acclaimed and sophisticated parts.
Matt Smith: House of the Dragon is Different From Game of Thrones
House of the Dragon has a lot to live up to; Game of Thrones was one of the most successful television series of all time and had a massive impact on television viewers worldwide. How can House of the Dragon follow in its footsteps?
Smith told ComicBook.com, “I honestly believe it’s a significant departure from the original series.” “It must be, of course. It would be hard to replicate the first series since it was unique, so great, and made such a lasting impression. So, I am uncertain. The truth is that I have not seen any, therefore it is challenging for me. Although it exists in the same universe, it must assume a somewhat different identity. But who can say? I have no idea.”
House of the Dragon narrates the story of the Dance of the Dragons, a Targaryen civil war that tore Westeros apart around two hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones. Even though we know so much about the Dance (you can read about it in Fire & Blood), HBO has managed to keep many facts about the episode under wraps.
Compared to when he was cast in Doctor Who in 2009, Smith has had a relatively easy time keeping secrets. “When I was working on Doctor Who, there were so many episodic plots leading up to the finale that it was impossible to explain what was going on. I was also younger at the time.”
“I recall feeling that one,” he said. “I received the part for that film around six to seven months before it was announced, so I had to keep it a secret for about seven months that I would be in it; people were asking, ‘What are you going to do next?’ I responded with “I don’t know,” but I knew I would play the Doctor. Therefore, this was likely the most difficult promise to keep.”
In a New House of the Dragon Trailer, Matt Smith Battles a Monster
Almost three years have passed since the conclusion of HBO’s iconic fantasy series Game of Thrones, and it’s about time for a spin-off. Fortunately, HBO is eager to revisit Westeros in pursuit of the increasingly demanding streaming market. A teaser trailer for the new series House of the Dragon has just been published, featuring Matt Smith and Emma D’Arcy as melanin-deficient Targaryen royal family members. If you have been longing for the dark intrigue, shadowed grandeur, and fire-breathing dragons of Game of Thrones, this is undoubtedly what you have been searching for. Look it over:
The beginning of the trailer features a white-haired figure standing on a stone parapet, which is very Game of Thrones. The scene then pans quickly to a dragon flying towards the towers of The Red Keep, which we last saw in ruins after the first season.
Prince Daemon Targaryen, a warrior, and dragonrider, is portrayed by Matt Smith in House of the Dragon, which does not bode well for the Iron Throne. He is also adept at creepy grins, as demonstrated here:
House of the Dragon takes place 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, at the height of the Targaryen empire. The ancestors of the Stark, Baratheon, and other Great Houses are seen kneeling before King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine) (the older brother of Matt Smith’s character) in the gloomy throne room.
Additionally, Emma D’Arcy is declared the heir to The Iron Throne. It becomes immediately apparent that, although Targaryen’s control is uncontested, selecting a woman as her heir apparent in The Seven Kingdoms is unprecedented and unpopular.
Matt Smith Discusses His Role in House of the Dragon
Matt Smith recently spoke on Joshua Horowitz’s podcast Sad Happy Confused, where he discussed the program and the character he portrays. In a recording, Smith can be heard characterizing nature as “fascinating… and unsettling.” He also reveals that his dragon, Caraxes, is similar to a vicious pet dog. When asked if he felt pressured to surpass the dynamism of Game of Thrones, Smith reacted with a very mature admission that it would be difficult for House of the Dragon to achieve the same level of success as Game of Thrones. Here is a comprehensive excerpt from Matt Smith’s commentary on the subject.
It’s a terrific part, it’s an interesting, dark, and troubled role to portray, and I thought, “You know, it may be nice to don a blonde wig, fly some dragons, and engage in swordfights”… [My] dragon’s large and red and angry. He is an extremely irate dragon. My dragon is the angriest of all the others. There is no dragon angrier than him, he’s a true cranky jerk! … My dragon is similar to my dog in that you want him to have energy and personality. This show can’t achieve the same level of success as [Game of Thrones]. Many people found [Game of Thrones] to be a cultural phenomenon, and nothing will ever reach such heights again since it was its own unique thing. Who knows if they are prepared to receive it or not! You can never tell. However, we make it in good faith and do our best to create an exciting environment with dragons and sword fights.