Ncuti Gatwa is known for playing Eric Effiong on the Netflix sitcom Sex Education
Actor Ncuti Gatwa has been announced as the next Doctor Who, replacing Jodie Whittaker as the 14th Time Lord.
But who is Ncuti Gatwa, what else has he played before and when will he start his new role?
Here’s what you need to know.
Who is Ncuti Gatwa?
Scottish actor Gatwa, who was born in Rwanda, is known for playing Eric Effiong on the Netflix sitcom Sex Education.
The new Doctor was announced hours before this year’s Bafta TV Awards (May 8) where Gatwa was nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy Show for the third year in a row for his role as Eric.
He won a Scottish Bafta Award and a Rose d’Or Award for the role.
What does he say about his new role?
Gatwa said he was “extremely honored, extremely excited and of course a little scared” to star in the popular sci-fi show.
He added: “This role and show means so much to so many people around the world, myself included, and each of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled responsibility and privilege with the utmost care.
“I’ll do my best to do the same.”
Showrunner Russell T Davies said Gatwa “dazzled us” during his audition. The writer of The Queer As Folk and It’s A Sin will return as host after leaving the show in 2009.
The writer added: “Sometimes talent walks through the door and it’s so bright and bold and brilliant I just stand back in awe and thank my lucky stars.”
Gatwa also said that the prospect of working with Davies was “a dream come true”.
“His writing is dynamic, exciting, extremely intelligent, and full of danger – a metaphorical playground for an actor. The entire team has been very welcoming and truly gave their hearts to the show, ” he added.
“And while it’s been difficult, I know I’m joining a truly supportive family. Unlike Doctor, I may have only one heart, but I’m giving it all to this program. “
BBC Content Director Charlotte Moore said: “Ncuti has an incredible dynamic, he is an outstanding and fearless young actor whose talent and drive will take the world to the top and takes Doctor Who into the extraordinary adventures of a new era by Russell T Davies.”
When will he start as the next Doctor Who?
Jodie Whittaker took on the role of The Doctor in 2017 as the first female doctor, but will leave in a special that will air this fall.
Her finale will also feature appearances from two previous assistants – Ace, played by Sophie Aldred, and Tegan, played by Janet Fielding.
Gatwa will then debut as a Time Lord in 2023.
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