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His role in the latter earned him an agent and his first professional jobs, Fresh Kills and On the Shore of the Wide World.His new professional roles led him to seek an agreement with his university so that he could graduate without attending lectures in his final year.As Henry, Smith portrayed an aspiring artist who left school to take care of his mother.
This was revealed in an interview in 2009 by the show's writer Iain Morris, who said, "We auditioned literally 1,000 people...
Extending his repertoire into West End theatre, he has since performed in the stage adaptation of Swimming with Sharks with Christian Slater, Smith's first television role came in 2006 as Jim Taylor in the BBC adaptations of Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke and The Shadow in the North, while his first major role in television came as Danny in the 2007 BBC series Party Animals.
Smith, who was announced as the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor in January 2009, is the youngest person to ever play the character. His grandfather had played football for Notts County and Smith had also planned to play football, having played for the youth teams of Northampton Town, Nottingham Forest, and Leicester City, his teacher arranged that he play the tenth juror in an adaptation of Twelve Angry Men.
After leaving school, Smith studied Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, graduating in 2005.
His first theatre roles as part of the National Youth Theatre were Thomas Becket in Murder in the Cathedral and Bassoon in The Master and Margarita.