Ncuti Gatwa experienced new-found fame when he was cast as Eric Effiong in Netflix’s Sex Education in 2019. Now, this British actor is about to experience a whole new career surge as the BBC recently named him the 14th Doctor in the Doctor Who series. Gatwa will be replacing Jodie Whittaker, who recently stepped away from the titular role.
Gatwa, 29, will be the first person of colour to play the historic British role.
Ncuti Gatwa was born in Rwanda and relocated to Scotland with his family during the Rwandan genocide.
About his historic casting as the next Doctor Who, Gatwa told BBC News:
“It feels really amazing. It’s a true honour. This role is an institution and it’s so iconic.
“It means a lot to so many people, including myself.
“I feel very grateful to have had the baton handed over and I’m going to try to do my best,” the actor added.
About Ncuti Gatwa’s casting, Doctor Who’s showrunner, Russell T Davies, had this to say:
“It was our last audition. It was our very last one. We thought we had someone, and then in he came and stole it.
“I’m properly, properly thrilled. It’s going to be a blazing future.”
Gatwa was nominated for the Bafta for best male performance in a comedy program in 2020, 2021, and 2022 for his role as Eric in Sex Education.
No date has been announced for Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor Who debut yet, but it’s expected to be sometime in 2023.
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