'Sex Education' actor Ncuti Gatwa will be the first Black lead in 'Doctor Who'
Actor Ncuti Gatwa will play the role of The Doctor in the show Doctor Who, the BBC announced Sunday, in a historic casting selection that marks the first time a Black person has been cast to star in the show's central role full-time.
The 29-year-old Gatwa, best known for his work in the Netflix series Sex Education, is also among the youngest Doctors yet.
"There aren't quite the words to describe how I'm feeling. A mix of deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared,"
Gatwa said in a press release. "Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart but I am giving it all to this show."
Gatwa was born in Rwanda and raised in Scotland. He began his professional acting career eight years ago after graduating from the
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, one of the world's top performing arts schools.
In Netflix's warm-hearted series Sex Education, Gatwa plays the vibrant Eric Effiong, a gay high school student.
As a gay Black teen who is the best friend of the show's main character, the role of Eric could have been a trap of cliches as the
"gay sidekick" or "Black best friend" for a straight white male protagonist.
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