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Smith swaps screwdriver for pen

Matt Smith's new role as novelist Christopher Isherwood has inspired him to pick up a pen once again.

The Doctor Who star, who studied drama with creative writing at the University of East Anglia, has been filming the role of the gay writer in a lavish new BBC drama.

"When I was playing Christopher I would write as much as I could every day," Matt said.

"Being around Steven Moffat (Doctor Who writer) and working with Kevin Elyot (who wrote the script) has been really interesting. I'm trying to learn about structure at the moment."

The one-off drama, Christopher And His Kind, will mark the first time the actor has played a real-life person on screen.

"This has given me a great respect for people like Michael Sheen, who can convince you he's Tony Blair," Matt said.

"I don't think people will think I'm a perfect mimic of Christopher Isherwood, but hopefully I've captured his essence."

The actor, 28, has a new-found respect for women since filming the numerous love scenes, saying: "I've had to kiss a lot of boys and I finally understand why ladies complain about stubbly men!"

He joked: "I tried to commit to (the nude scenes) and be as brave as I could as an actor. They all happened to be really attractive, so it was all right."

Christopher And His Kind is on BBC Two on Saturday March 19.

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