Matthew’s childhood dream was to create Special Make-up Effects in Films. From the age of seven he created creatures in his bedroom and experimented with different media. Following an Art Foundation at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham, he went on to take a BA in Fine Art Sculpture at Kingston. That experience, which included drawing and painting, as well as sculpting and casting in various materials, continues to underpin his approach to the Prosthetic and other makeup effects he provides, from the initial conception to the execution of a job.

Now, with over 20 years professional experience in prosthetics/special make-up effects for Film and Television, he enjoys the benefits from having worked on all genres from large Hollywood blockbusters, to small low budget independent films. He brings considerable hands-on experience and passion to his work, and a willingness to creatively adapt the process as a project evolves.

Matthew has applied prosthetic makeup to some of the world’s leading actors, including: Meryl Streep (Into The Woods), Kate Winslet (The Reader), Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) who went on to win Oscars for these roles (NB Meryl Streep who was nominated). Also, Jude Law, Robert Downey Jr, Kevin Costner, Michael Sheen, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Ryan Reynolds, amongst others.

In addition, Matthew has benefited enormously from working closely with world-renowned make-up and hair designers, special effects and visual effects supervisors.

During 1999-2000, Matthew was a member of the Emmy Award-winning team behind Arabian Nights, and shortly afterwards, 2001-2002, he received an Emmy Nomination for Band of Brothers. In 2008, he was a member of the Oscar-winning make-up team responsible for La Vie En Rose, while the following year, 2009, he reached the Oscar ‘bake-offs’ for make-up on The Reader.

Television success has taken the form of a Televisual Bulldog Award for Best Physical Effects for Dead Set (2008).

More recently, Matthew was nominated for a Make-up and Hair Stylist Guild Award for Meryl Streep ‘Into The Woods’ (2015).

“Matt Smith is the man to whom I am actually grateful for making me look like an old witch! In Rob Marshall’s “Into the Woods” he made small enhancements to my forehead, chin and hands that made a very specific , personalized witch: masterfully achieved, beautifully painted and seamlessly applied. I am so grateful for his artistry and imagination.” Meryl Streep.