Can you imagine anyone less likely to be in the TV show Footballers’ Wives?
No, us either.
But, it’s true – Doctor Who’s Matt Smith auditioned for a part on the show, which was on the telly between 2002 and 2006.
But playing a perma-tanned footballer on the show would have been hard for Matt – most notably because of his geek-chic style and albino-esque skintone, so there was nothing else for it; Matt needed a makeover.
Matt’s sister, Laura Jayne, has revealed how she got him ready for his audition.
What are sisters for, eh?
“I had a friend who worked on Footballers' Wives so I covered Matt in fake tan, gelled his hair, made him wear salmon trousers and sent him for an audition,” Laura Jayne told the Daily Mail.
‘It’s not you, it’s us’
Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) Matt didn’t impress the show’s producers and he was sent packing.
“He didn't get the part, which was probably a good thing. That kind of look definitely isn't him,” added Laura Jayne.
Before he took over from David Tennant as Doctor Who in the long-running BBC series, Matt also auditioned for the role of Watson in the hugely successful new Sherlock series, but he lost out to Martin Freeman.
Matt the (nearly) professional footballer
As surprised as we were to find out Matt had auditioned for Footballers’ Wives, it turns out he actually nearly became a footballer before he discovered his love for acting.
When he was younger, Matt played for Nottingham Forest and Leicester City, but his hopes of a career in the Premier League were dashed when he hurt his back when he was just 16.
Lucky for us, it’s because of this injury that he decided to be an actor.