La generazione di TikTok può salvare Doctor Who? BBC pins its hopes of rescuing 14th Time Lord from ratings plunge on the social media fanbase of Ncuti Gatwa who shot to fame playing gay teen in Sex Education
The historic casting of Ncuti Gatwa as the new Time Lord has seen the BBC pin its hopes on reviving the ailing show with a young star with almost as many Instagram followers as Doctor Who has viewers.
The highly acclaimed Scottish actor, 29, who was a toddler when he came to Britain as a Rwandan refugee and was homeless just four years ago, is the first black actor to play the role full-time and will take over from al momento successivo all'annuncio di Jodie Whittaker nel 2023.
His new part was announced to great acclaim and some shock yesterday, dato Hugh Grant, Lenny Henry, Michael Sheen and Michaela Coel were all mooted.
Who IS the most popular recent Doctor Who?
Christopher Eccleston (2005) – 7.9million viewers on average
David Tennant (2006 – 2010) – 7.7million
Matt Smith (2010 – 2013) – 7.5million
Peter Capaldi (2014- 2017) – 6.2million
al momento successivo all'annuncio di Jodie Whittaker (2018 – 2022) – 5.9million
Ncuti Gatwa – Debut in 2023
But Mr Gatwa will take over from the first female Doctor to become the latest in a long line of distinguished names to play the 900-year-old Time Lord, following on from three other Scots – Sylvester McCoy, fellow Royal Conservatoire graduate David Tennant and Peter Capaldi.
One of the stars of Netflix’s British comedy-drama series Sex Education, actor and model Ncuti has approaching 3million followers on Instagram. TikTok videos featuring the star, also a fashionista, have had more than 100million views.
Lo spettacolo, which drew in a peak of 10.7million viewers 12 anni fa, only had 3.9million viewers for an episode in 2022. The average number of viewers has dropped from close to 8million to around 5.4million.
Brand expert Mark Borkowski called casting a young black actor with a large social media following a ‘great formula for publicity’, especially when the BBC show ‘badly needed a revamp’.
Egli ha detto: ‘I think it’s a great idea to cast a Black Doctor. Therefore if the casting and the scripts are outstanding it will prove to be an epic moment in the show’s history’. But in a warning about what could happen to the brand if Ncuti Gatwa fails, Egli ha detto: ‘Hype works as long as it delivers’.
Ncuti joins Doctor Who during a state of flux for the show.
Showrunner Chris Chibnall is leaving to be replaced by Russell T Davies, who was behind the programme’s 2005 La star di Love Island Australia Phoebe Thompson va a nuotare in topless.
Davies has since had success with Channel Four’s It’s A Sin, which charts the lives of a group of gay friends during the Aids epidemic.
Doctor Who is in a state of flux with Russell T Davies returning to revive it, bringing in acclaimed young actor Ncuti Gatwa as the 14th Time Lord
Ncuti Gatwa and Russell T Davies at the BAFTAs last night where the young actor was announced as the 14th Doctor Who in a 2023 series that will see Davies return as writer
Ncuti revealed on his popular Insta account that he is back to work day, acting with Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie in the upcoming live action Barbie film
Ncuti Gatwa as Eric and Asa Butterfield as Otis on ‘Sex Education’ where he plays gay teenager Eric Effiong
Ncuti Gatwa: The Rwandan refugee who went from homeless four years ago to becoming the 14th Doctor Who
Born in Rwanda before moving to Scotland, where he was raised, Gatwa began his career as an extra on the 2014 sitcom Bob Servant.
Nel 2016, he played Demetrius in a production of A Midsummer’s Nights Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe.
His big break came when he was cast in Sex Education as Eric Effiong, a young gay British-Nigerian who is best friends with Otis, the show’s lead character.
The Netflix show’s three series document Eric’s growth as he deals with his family’s acceptance of his sexuality while he embraces his Nigerian heritage.
He also falls in love with Adam, who bullied him in the first series.
Despite 29-year-old Gatwa’s seemingly meteoric rise, his life has been far from plain sailing.
Writing in The Big Issue in May 2020, he said he ended up homeless after running out of savings in the months before he landed his role in Sex Education.
“Essere un uomo di 25 anni senza soldi o lavoro ha influenzato il mio senso di autostima,’ scrisse.
‘Rejection became unbearable. Le audizioni non erano solo lavori di recitazione, they were lifelines.’
Lui continuò: ‘One friend gave me money towards paying off the prior month’s rent and offered to let me move into their spare room rent free for a while.
'Grande, ho pensato. An opportunity to get back on my feet and start paying people back.
‘On moving-in day, he changed his mind. As I was standing on the street with my suitcases, one thought came into my head: ‘I’m homeless.”
While everything appeared fine to the outside world, Gatwa was losing weight because he could not afford to eat properly.
‘To the outside world everything seemed fine. I was temping at Harrods,’ scrisse.
‘I’d wake up from the double bed I shared with my best friend, leave the house without a hair out of place in a slick-looking trench coat and polished brogues.
‘I would get compliments for looking so presentable. When I lost weight due to eating only one meal a day, people told me how lean and healthy I looked.’
In realtà, Gatwa had developed depression, though he kept it from his friends out of fear of being a ‘burden’.
He was able to turn his life around and has since shot to stardom.
Until now Ncuti Gatwa was most famous for playing Eric Effiong in Netflix’s critically-acclaimed dramedy Sex Education.
While he has not spoken publicly about his own sexuality, Ncuti admitted the character has been a ‘beacon of light’ for LGBT people in Britain, especially the challenges of being a gay man coming from a West African background.
He told The Gay Times: ‘I was at UK Black Pride and the amount of people who were coming up to me specifically about the relationship between Eric and his dad was constant. And I think it really touched people to see this portrayal of this black man, this strong big black man loving his gay son’.
Ha aggiunto: “There was one scene in which I wore a wig, full make-up and stilettos and thought, “Dio mio, la mia famiglia, all my friends in Tottenham! Nobody’s ever seen me like this before”.It was definitely a challenge but it helped me become braver as an actor’.
La stella, 29, said he was ‘deeply honoured’ and ‘a little bit scared’ to be taking on the character. He also revealed he has known since February that he would be replacing Miss Whittaker, who announced she was leaving the BBC sci-fi series last year.
In another bid to turn around the rating Gatwa will join award-winning screenwriter Russell T Davies, who is returning to the BBC1 series for a second time and will be at the helm of the 60th anniversary next year.
Mr Davies appeared at the BAFTAs in London with his new star last night, and used the press interviews to praise the new Doctor and also slam those who want to scrap the licence fee or sell off Channel 4, urging Britons not to vote Conservative.
Gatwa said: “Non ci sono proprio le parole per descrivere come mi sento. A mix of deeply honoured, oltre che eccitato e ovviamente un po' spaventato.
‘This role and show mean so much to so many around the world, e che è "fin troppo facile farsi agghindare"., e ciascuno dei miei predecessori incredibilmente talentuosi ha gestito quella responsabilità e privilegio unici con la massima cura.
‘I will endeavour to do the same. Russell T Davies is almost as iconic as the Doctor himself and being able to work with him is a dream come true. His writing is dynamic, eccitante, incredibly intelligent and fizzing with danger.’
Gatwa, arrived at the BAFTA TV awards looking like a leading man in a black suit with a cut out jacket.
He showed off his chest wearing no top underneath his jacket and had a brown leather tassel hanging over his leg.
He missed out on the award for Best Male in a Comedy Programme which was scooped by Jamie Demetriou for his part in Stath Lets Flats.
Ncuti Gatwa will continue to push boundaries as he becomes the first black actor to play the Time Lord full-time.
Da 2020 black actress Jo Martin has played a previously unknown version of the Doctor – the Fugitive Doctor – in several episodes.
Scottish actor Gatwa, who was born in Rwanda, is best known for starring as Eric Effiong in Netflix’s Sex Education.
The news of his appointment yesterday was unexpected, after months of speculation that It’s A Sin stars Olly Alexander and Lydia West were the front runners to get the part.
Hours after the announcement Gatwa appeared at the Baftas in London wearing a black suit with a cut-out jacket showing his chest. He missed out on the award for best male in a comedy programme which was won by Jamie Demetriou for his part in Stath Lets Flats.
Gatwa told BBC News: ‘I’ve known since about February. It’s been tricky trying to keep this under wraps because I’ve got a very big mouth, ma, si, ce l'abbiamo fatta. It feels really amazing and it’s a true honour.’ Nel 2020 he was named best actor at the Scottish Baftas for his role in Sex Education.
Ncuti Gatwa attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall, where he missed out on an award
Ncuti (pictured with his on screen father DeObia Oparei) previously revealed that he hoped the role in Sex Education (nella foto) would help people to embrace their sexuality and give men hope that the won’t be held back due to the their ethnicity
Gatwa grew up in Rwanda. When he was a toddler he and his family fled the genocide as refugees.
He was educated in Fife and Edinburgh before attending the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow.
When he was just 21 Gatwa moved to London, previously telling The Big Issue magazine that he spent months ‘couch-surfing’ before landing his role in Sex Education.
Egli ha detto: ‘I didn’t have a home. I was homeless… So my life before Sex Education was so different. To go to my audition, I had to get my friend to transfer ten quid so I could top up my Oyster [viaggio] card.’
Miss Whittaker, 39, who made history as the first female Doctor in 2017, and writer Chris Chibnall confirmed they were leaving the show in July last year. Her final adventure will be in a special episode to be shown this autumn.
On Gatwa’s appointment, Davies said: ‘The future is here and it’s Ncuti! 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. Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor and owned those Tardis keys in seconds.’
BBC chief content officer Charlotte Moore said: ‘Ncuti has an incredible dynamism. He’s a striking and fearless young actor whose talent and energy will set the world alight and take Doctor Who on extraordinary adventures under Russell T Davies’ new era.’
Fashion-loving Time Lord! How new Doctor Who Ncuti Gatwa, 29, fled war-torn Rwanda for Scotland and overcame racist bullying and being homeless to land British TV’s most iconic role
Ncuti Gatwa, who was announced as the 14th Doctor Who today, is about to become a household name after landing one of the most iconic roles on UK television. It’s a far cry from how his life began, born in war-ravaged Rwanda and forced to seek a new life in Scotland.
The 29-year-old was just a toddler when his family fled the genocide and moved to Dunfermline but few would have predicted the path his life would follow. Racially abused at school, the star moved to Londra a 21 to pursue his dreams of an acting career – but ended up so poor he was homeless for five months.
The fashion-loving actor, who has a slew of celebrity pals and is a regular on the FROW at fashion shows, was sleeping on his friend’s sofas in London and borrowing money for his Tube fare to auditions after running out of savings.
The BBC revealed today that Ncuti Gatwa, 29, is set to replace Jodie Comer to become the 14th Doctor Who; Scottish-raised actor Gatwa, who was born in Rwanda but left the country as a young boy (Nella foto: Gatwa and Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies at the British Academy Television Awards 2022 at The Royal Festival Hall on Sunday)
Gatwa (pictured at the BAFTAs) is set to become the 14th Time Lord and is the first official black actor to take on the lead role – although Jo Martin previously appeared on screen as the ‘Fugitive Doctor’
Gatwa, who is best known for starring as Eric in Sex Education (nella foto), followed his dreams of acting to London – but suffered poverty as his big break failed to come quickly, and was forced to sleep on friends’ divani
FROW boy: The fashion-loving actor, who has a slew of celebrity pals and is a regular on the front row at fashion shows
The actor’s Instagram followers shot up to 2.6million with the news that he’s the latest Time Lord…and fans will find regular insights into his life, including snaps showing his love of working out
On the London party circuit: Gatwa pictured with (da sinistra a destra) Karen Elson, Nadine Leopold and Gemma Chan at Annabels in November
però, after he was cast in the role of Eric Effiong in Netflix’s hugely popular Sex Education, Ncuti’s star has been in the ascendant – and he’s now poised to take on the biggest acting job in British television.
Gatwa will take the helm from Jodie Whittaker as the Time Lord and become the first black actor to take on the lead role in the show’s history, after Jodie made history as the first female Doctor.
Jo Martin ha interpretato la prima incarnazione nera del Signore del Tempo in un gennaio 2020 episodio, Futuro del Judoon, come Ruth Clayton, but Ncuti Gatwa has become the first black Doctor cast as the series lead.
Heaping praise on the star, Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies said: ‘Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor and owned those TARDIS keys in seconds.’
A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, Gatwa completed his Bachelor of Arts in Acting in 2013.
He moved to London to pursue his dream of becoming an actor, rather than following in the footsteps of his father Mr Tharcisse Gatwa, who is a journalist with a PhD in Theology.
After moving to the capital, Gatwa struggled financially and even had to borrow £10 from friends so he could afford the tube fare for auditions.
Despite previously landing a role in BBC’s Stonemouth (nella foto), Ncuti admits he was homeless before starring in Netflix’s Sex Education. Ncuti has said that he hopes that his role in Sex Education would help people to embrace their sexuality
Ncuti has won a Scottish Bafta (nella foto) and a Rose d’Or Award for his popular role in Netflix’s Sex Education
‘I couldn’t seem to handle it all financially. I was supposed to move into a new place and it fell through,’ Ncuti said.
‘So for five months before Sex Education, I was couch-surfing among all my friends. I didn’t have a home.
‘I was homeless. The only thing stopping me from being on the streets was the fact I had friends.’
Accounts for Ncuti Gatwa’s company Gemini Moon Limited show he amassed assets of more than three quarters of a million pounds last year.
Ncuti’s breakout role was as Eric Effiong in Netflix’s hugely popular Sex Education about socially awkward high school student Otis (Come Butterfield) and his sex therapist mother Jean (Gillian Anderson).
Written by Laurie Nunn, it turned many of the cast into overnight stars, which proved a huge contrast to the poverty experienced by Gatwa prior to landing the role.
His character – as the gay sidekick of the show’s star Otis, played by Asa Butterfield – has become one of Sex Education’s most loved actors.
Ncuti admitted that he is ‘a little bit scared’ to join the Doctor Who franchise, as the role means ‘so much to so many around the world’
Ncuti has previously appeared on screens in the Horrible Histories movie and as Nick in romantic drama The Last Letter from Your Lover (nella foto)
Ncuti previously revealed that he hoped the role would help people to embrace their sexuality and give men hope that the won’t be held back due to the their ethnicity.
Since his first role in an episode of the British sitcom Bob Servant, Ncuti has starred in a 2015 adaptation of Scottish author Iain Banks’ novel Stonemouth and a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Nel 2019, he took to screens in the Horrible Histories movie then went onto land a role as Nick in romantic drama The Last Letter from Your Lover in 2021.
Since winning a Scottish Bafta and a Rose d’Or Award for Sex Education, the actor has become hugely popular and now boasts an Instagram following of almost 3 milioni.
Alongside his 2023 debut as the 14th Time Lord in BBC’s Doctor Who, Ncuti Gatwa will appear on screen in the upcoming live action Barbie film, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.
Gatwa said he was ‘deeply honoured’ and ‘beyond excited’, but admitted that he was also a ‘little bit scared’ to join the Doctor Who franchise.
Ha detto al BBC: ‘This role and show means so much to so many around the world, e che è "fin troppo facile farsi agghindare"., e ciascuno dei miei predecessori incredibilmente talentuosi ha gestito quella responsabilità e privilegio unici con la massima cura.
‘I will endeavour my upmost to do the same.’
Nel frattempo, Davies said that Gatwa ‘dazzled’ in his audition, aggiungendo: ‘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.’
BAFTA winners fire pot-shots at the government over CH4 privatisation and Covid… with Lorraine Kelly joking: ‘Hello to Boris, I’m Lorraine’ after PM had no idea who she was
The celebration of the great and the good in TV and film was hijacked by a number of political statements, including one demand to ‘get the Tories out’, which had to be hastily cut from the televised broadcast.
She joked: ‘Hello and a special hello to Boris. I’m Lorraine. It’s lovely to see you,’ prompting cheers and laughter from the audience.
Mr Johnson appeared not to know who Kelly was during an interview with Good Morning Britain earlier this week.
Nel frattempo, a number of winners used their speeches to hail the value of Channel 4 and criticise Government plans to privatise the broadcaster.
Jodie Comer claimed the leading actress award for her role in Channel 4’s Help and thanked the broadcaster for ‘believing in the script’.
Gogglebox won its second TV Bafta for best constructed factual show and the chief executive of production company Studio Lambert, Stephen Lambert, used his speech to voice opposition to the Government’s plans.
Egli ha detto: ‘Gogglebox might have ended when it started nine years ago as it got modest ratings, but a publicly owned risk-taking Channel 4 believed in it and they stuck with it.
‘If the Government goes ahead with its destructive plan to end Channel 4, these kind of risks will not be taken and a big part of what makes British TV great will have ended for no good reason.’
Presenter Lorraine Kelly set the tone when she sent a ‘special hello’ to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as she took to the stage to host the news coverage award
di Boris Johnson (nella foto a destra) interview with Susanna Reid (nella foto a sinistra) on ITV’s Good Morning Britain has gone viral after the Prime Minister admitted to not knowing who Lorraine Kelly is ahead of her show
Gogglebox won its second TV Bafta for best constructed factual show and the chief executive of production company Studio Lambert, Stephen Lambert (nella foto), used his speech to voice opposition to the Government’s plans to privatise Channel 4
Mo Gilligan won best comedy entertainment for his The Lateish Show on Channel 4 and said the prize ‘means so much’ because Channel 4 took him on when his mental health was struggling in 2017.
Egli ha detto: ‘They let me bring black boy joy, I really appreciate it. It would not have been possible without Channel 4, I know everyone has said it but it is so important.’
In a statement responding to the criticism, a DCMS spokesperson said: ‘Channel 4 is a great UK success story and this government wants it to thrive for the long-term.
‘Our proposals will improve Channel 4’s access to capital and the ability to make and own content will allow it to create new revenue streams and compete as effectively as possible for audiences, programmes and talent with the streaming giants.’
Altrove, In My Skin creator Kayleigh Llewellyn also took aim at the Conservatives in her speech, urging the audience to ‘get the Tories out’ after they ‘slithered into government’ nel 2010. però, the speech wasn’t broadcast in the final edit of the programme.
Together scriptwriter Dennis Kelly, nel frattempo, used his platform to read a letter from families who lost loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic that criticised the Government’s handling of the crisis.
Insieme, starring Sharon Horgan and James McAvoy, won the award for single drama before Kelly detailed demands from campaign group Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice calling for a public inquiry to be expedited.
Reading from a sheet, Egli ha detto: ‘The UK has seen one of the worst global death tolls through the pandemic. This Government’s response has ranged from careless to downright negligent. Our loved ones’ lives treated as expendable, collateral damage.
‘Bereaved families have been ignored, lied to and gaslighted by a Government seemingly too busy partying to spare us thought, even daring to tell us that they were too busy to meet with us or start an inquiry promptly.
‘We may never know how many of our loved ones’ lives could have been saved if things had been done differently, but we will not rest until we know that everything possible has been done to ensure others are spared this heartbreak and pain.’
Insieme, written by Kelly and directed by Stephen Daldry, follows a family from the first days of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 to the present day.
Continuing to read the letter, Kelly added: ‘Prime Minister, if you are listening, start the Covid inquiry now so we can learn lessons and save lives.’
In una dichiarazione, ha detto il governo: ‘Every death from Covid-19 is a tragedy and our sympathies are with everyone who has lost loved ones.
‘We have always said there are lessons to be learnt from the pandemic and the Prime Minister has committed to holding a full public inquiry, to be chaired by Baroness Hallett.’