‘Doctor Who’ Star Matt Smith to Carry Olympic Torch!

Matt Smith at the 2011 Scream Awards (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

UPDATED: Matt Smith has completed his leg of the relay – watch video

Some might say we carry a torch for Matt Smith around these parts. Well, the Doctor Who star will return the favor, the series’ official Twitter account revealed today (May 24). He’ll begin the torch relay in Cardiff on Saturday (May 26). “To carry the Torch is an honor, one I thought I’d never get,” Matt says. “I’m very excited!”

The breaking news caused such a stir that “Matt Smith” was trending on Twitter this evening.

And just FYI: in a bit of Summer Games synergy, Matt Smith will be playing Olympic rower Bert Bushnell in the film Going For Gold, which is set to air Wednesday, June 27 at 10/9c on BBC America.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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