First, he became an overnight hit with his role on the hit show sex educationand now Ncuti Gatwa has reached another career high by landing one of British television’s most iconic roles.
After being announced as the 14th Doctor Who, the 29-year-old said in one Explanation that he was “deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little scared”.
“This role and show means so much to so many around the world, including me, and each of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled this unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care,” added the Scottish-Rwandan actor, who will take over by Jodie Whittaker as Doctor in 2023.
Gatwa will be the first black actor to play the title role full-time, although some fans “point out” that Jo Martin, who is of Jamaican descent, “appears in three episodes spanning the 12th and 13th series, a incarnation of the character “, called The Telegraph.
From Rwanda to Scotland
Gatwa was born in Rwanda but his family moved to Scotland when he was two to escape the 1994 genocide. He has said he was an “easy target” at Edinburgh secondary school, where black families were few, but that he “always believed in my charisma”. The guard reported.
His family lived in university accommodation while his father, an academic and journalist, earned a PhD in philosophy and theology. But his father “was forced to abandon the family and move to Cameroon because he was unable to find work as an academic in Britain,” the paper said, a decision Gatwa has called an “amazing sacrifice.”
After training at the Royal Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he completed his BA in 2013, the aspiring actor moved to London. But he “fought to make ends meet,” he said Daily Mailand “even had to borrow £10 from friends so he could afford the tube ride for auditions”.
Before landing his breakthrough role as gay teen Eric Effiong on the hit Netflix show sex education, he spent five months couchsurfing. “I didn’t have a home. I was homeless The only thing that kept me from being on the streets was the fact that I had friends,” Gatwa said.
The show catapulted him to stardom almost overnight. Gatwa had 1,000 followers on Instagram in the first season of sex education was released in early 2019. Today he has more than 2.7 million – “an indicator of his stratospheric rise to fame,” said The Guardian.
He has also appeared in a BBC adaptation of the Iain Banks novel stone mouthand in 2021 movie The last letter from your lover.
Bafta nominations and awards
Gatwa is a “very smart choice for the role” of Doctor Who, he said BBC‘s entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba. Not only is he “incredibly popular with viewers in his late teens and 20’s,” he is “an extraordinarily gifted young actor” who has been nominated for Bafta awards for all three of his series sex education.
His performance has also earned him a Scottish Bafta and a Rose d’Or award.
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