Jodie_Whittaker

Jodie Whittaker

Jodie Whittaker

English actress (born 1982)


Jodie Auckland Whittaker (born 17 June 1982) is an English actress, best known for her roles in television as the Thirteenth Doctor in Doctor Who (2017–2022) and Beth Latimer in Broadchurch (2013–2017).

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She came to prominence in her 2006 feature film debut Venus, for which she received British Independent Film Award and Satellite Award nominations. She was later praised for her roles in the cult science fiction film Attack the Block (2011) and the Black Mirror episode "The Entire History of You" (2011).

In 2017, the BBC announced that Whittaker would be the thirteenth lead actor to play the Doctor[2] in Doctor Who. She formally assumed the role from Peter Capaldi in "Twice Upon a Time". Whittaker appeared in her first full series in the eleventh series, which premiered in 2018. She continued in the role in the twelfth series in 2020 and thirteenth series in 2021.[3] She stepped down after three special episodes in 2022, alongside showrunner Chris Chibnall.[4]

Early life

Jodie Auckland Whittaker[5] was born on 17 June 1982[5] in Skelmanthorpe, West Yorkshire. She is the second child and only daughter of Yvonne (née Auckland) and Adrian Whittaker.[6][7][8][9] She attended Scissett Middle School and Shelley High School before training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2005 with an acting gold medal.[10]

Career

Early career

Whittaker made her professional debut in The Storm at Shakespeare's Globe in 2005.[10] She has since worked in film, television, radio and theatre. In 2007, she stood in at short notice for an unwell Carey Mulligan in the Royal Court's production of The Seagull, and appeared in a fundraising play at the Almeida Theatre.

In Whittaker's first major role, she co-starred as Jessie in the film Venus (2006), receiving British Independent Film Award and Satellite Award nominations. Her radio credits at that time included a 2008 adaptation of Blinded by the Sun by Stephen Poliakoff[11] and playing Lydia Bennett in Unseen Austen, an original drama by Judith French. In 2009, she worked on the films Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World and Perrier's Bounty, as well as the BBC Two drama Royal Wedding[12] and the short film Wish 143,[13] which was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.[14]

Whittaker at the 2014 British Independent Film Awards

In the early 2010s, Whittaker co-starred in the anthology series Accused (2010) and the adaptation of Sarah Waters's novel The Night Watch, followed by the role of Ffion in the Black Mirror episode "The Entire History of You". In film, she starred in the cult science fiction comedy horror Attack the Block, as well as in projects like The Kid (2010), One Day (2011), Hello Carter (2013) and Good Vibrations (2013). She also returned to the stage in the contemporary staging of the classic Greek tragedy Antigone, playing the title role opposite Christopher Eccleston as Creon.[15]

In 2014, she appeared as Sandra Grimes in the reality-based spy drama miniseries The Assets and as Anna in the BAFTA-nominated short film Emotional Fusebox, later reprising the role in its feature-length version, Adult Life Skills, and earning nominations in the Best Actress category at both the British Independent Film Awards and the National Film Awards.[16] She also took one of the lead roles in the hit ITV crime drama Broadchurch (2013–2017) and the four-part BBC One medical drama Trust Me (2017).[17]

2017–2022: Doctor Who

On 16 July 2017, Whittaker was announced as the Thirteenth Doctor in the science fiction television series Doctor Who; she is the first woman to play the character of the Doctor.[18][19][20] She had previously worked with incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall on Broadchurch.[21] She admitted that she had to "tell a lot of lies" after being cast to keep the information secret and used the codeword "Clooney" when talking about the role.[21] Whittaker kept her mother in "the inner circle" regarding knowledge of the role, as her father, Adrian, "would have the ability to tell the world".[22]

She urged fans not to be afraid of her gender, saying "Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one."[21] Chibnall said that he always wanted a woman for the part and that Whittaker was their first choice.[23]

Whittaker at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con promoting Doctor Who

Reaction to Whittaker's casting was mostly positive, although a "sizeable minority" was unhappy.[24] Some said that a female Doctor would be a good role model for young girls, while others felt the Doctor was only ever meant to be male, or criticised the casting as an exercise in political correctness.[25][26] Whittaker debuted in the 2017 Christmas special "Twice Upon a Time".[27][28]

In an interview with Tenth Doctor actor and Broadchurch co-star David Tennant, Whittaker said she was never a fan of Doctor Who and had lost interest in watching the show when she got the role, saying: "I watched a bit during my audition process but quickly decided it’s not for me... [Chibnall] said to me, ‘you’re not playing the Doctor, you’re playing the truth of the scene and the Doctor will come out of that’… so, that’s what I did."[29]

In November 2018, the BBC confirmed that the twelfth series, Whittaker's second series, began production.[30][31] Whittaker returned for the thirteenth series,[32] and also voiced the Doctor in the 2022 BBC Sounds podcast Doctor Who: Redacted.[33] She departed the programme following the series and three associated specials in 2022.[34]

2023–present

In February 2023, a press release indicated that Whittaker was filming for a six-part Australian drama series One Night for Paramount+.[35] The series was released on Paramount+ in Australia on September 1 2023[36] and in the UK and Ireland on November 24 2023.[37] In April 2023, it was announced that she would star alongside Bella Ramsey and Siobhan Finneran in the second series of the BBC prison drama Time and that filming would start in the spring of 2023 in and around Liverpool.[38] The series premiered on BBC One in October 2023.[39] In August 2023, Whittaker joined the main cast of the Netflix limited series Toxic Town, based on the Corby toxic waste case.[40]

Personal life

Whittaker met Christian Contreras, a Belizean-American actor and writer, in drama school, and they married in Arizona in 2008.[6] She gave birth to their daughter in April 2015,[41] and had their second child in 2022.[42] As of 2018, they reside in London.[2]

Filmography

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