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New Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa's life from bullies to life in Tottenham – My London


Netflix’s Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa is set to take over from Jodie Whittaker as the new face of the science fiction series, Doctor Who. The 29-year-old Scottish actor, originally from Rwanda, becomes the 14th Time Lord – which has left many fans thrilled at the news.

The talented star attended the BAFTA award ceremony today in London, with head writer and producer for the show Russell T Davies. But the excitement doesn’t stop there, as he is also nominated for the Bafta for best male performance in a comedy show for the third year in a row.

Ncuti, whose best-known for playing his character Eric in the Netflix hit Sex Education, admitted that he is grateful and “honoured” to be given the opportunity to front the popular BBC show. He said: “This role and show means so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each one of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care. I will endeavour my upmost to do the same.”

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Ncuti Gatwa is best-known for playing Eric on Sex Education

Although he reached huge success, things were never easy for Ncuti when he was trying to make it as a professional actor. He moved from Scotland to London at the age of 21, but before he landed role as Eric, he was temping at Harrods while sofa surfing at friend’s houses.

Ncuti also tragically experienced racism early on in his life. In a BBC documentary titles Black and Scottish, the Netflix actor talked about being bullied at secondary school in Dunfermline, where new classmates set up a racist Facebook page about him, reports the Guardian.

However, the actor admitted that he was quite bewildered at what it meant at the time. He said: “I was like, you can’t know me and not like me. I was actually quite confused! I was like, what? These people don’t like me? I was like, that’s never happened before.”

A fond memory that the actor growing up was when he’d spent long hours in Tottehamn surrounded by his friends as family. Opening up about this, he said: “I live with my best friend and his mum, who runs a salon in Tottenham and I’m there all the time. Whenever the young boys come in to get their trims, the conversations they have, they’re like, ‘Ah Mum, they’re non-binary, you can’t call them ‘him’. It rolls off the tongue. It’s amazing. That’s the generation that’s going to save the world.”

The BAFTA airs today (May 8) on BBC One at 6pm.

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