Matt Smith of House of the Dragon might have played for Leicester City.

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Actor Matt Smith is starring in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon, but this isn’t how he had imagined his life would pan out.

The 39-year-old former Dr. Who star was a talented young football player for Leicester City and only started thinking about acting after his sports career was cut short.

Though he also played for the Nottingham Forest young team, he was expected to play professionally. However, an injury caused him to leave up football at the age of 16 and pursue a career in acting.

However, he admitted in a recently discovered interview with Esquire magazine from 2010 that “it was quite tough.” Because that was all I had ever invested in, I recall crying. I hadn’t really thought about acting.

Matt Smith, 39, (pictured playing football in Doctor Who) had never considered acting until an injury at the age of 16 made him give up his dreams of becoming a professional footballer
Matt Smith, 39, (pictured playing football in Doctor Who) had never considered acting until an injury at the age of 16 made him give up his dreams of becoming a professional footballer

Matt Smith, 39, who can be seen playing football in Doctor Who, never thought about acting before he had to give up his aspirations to play professional football at the age of 16 due to an injury.

Smith portrays Daemon Targaryen in the newest prequel to Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon (pictured)
Matt acknowledged feeling unfulfilled in a different interview with Kirsty Young for Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

I felt like I was so sure that’s what I was going to do, he added. My insecure side was like, “I am that and I am the footballer, you know, and at school I was the footballer and suddenly I wasn’t that,” so it was difficult for me to tell people I had been released.

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He admitted in the interview that his theater teacher had informed him he was a pretty outstanding actress and wasn’t cut out to play football.

Smith, who played Dr. Who for the first time at the age of 27, said he wasn’t concerned about the challenge despite being the youngest actor to do so.

Smith told Kirsty Young on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs that he felt unfulfilled after his football dreams had vanished and it was difficult for his teenage self to find his new path
Smith told Kirsty Young on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs that he felt unfulfilled after his football dreams had vanished and it was difficult for his teenage self to find his new path

Smith said on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that it was challenging for his teenage self to discover his new path after his football aspirations had failed to materialize and that he felt dissatisfied as a result.

Since then his career has gone from strength to strength, playing Prince Philip in The Crown and now landing the part in in the Game of Thrones prequel (pictured)
Since then his career has gone from strength to strength, playing Prince Philip in The Crown and now landing the part in in the Game of Thrones prequel (pictured)

Since then, he has seen continued success in his career, starring as Prince Philip in The Crown and now being cast in the Game of Thrones prequel (pictured)

Since then, his career has flourished because to his performances as Prince Philip in The Crown and the current Game of Thrones prequel.
Matt plays Daemon Targaryen in the newest season of the House of the Dragon television series.

The figure, who used the Valyrian steel blade Dark Sister, was the most skilled warrior of his era 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

Recently, it was made public that Smith changed altered his roles in movies and television shows in order to feature in Noel Gallagher’s music video for the song We’re On Our Way Now.

Despite his long career in music, Noel said he still doesn’t like the notion of making music videos for his songs, adding he “f*****g hates” them “with a passion.”

But with regards to his friend Matt, he added: “One night he was over at our house, and as he was leaving at four in the morning, I remarked, “Hey mate, you don’t fancy being in a video do you?” “Ey pal you dont fancy being in a movie do you?” “Yes, no problem,” he replied. And I kind of held him accountable.

Noel admitted he had no idea what was going on in the video and continued, “The second video follows on from this one, so he’s “Matt” in the next one too.”

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