Jodie will take over the Doctor Who reins from Peter Capaldi this Christmas, in the festive special Twice Upon a Time.
The 35-year-old’s casting was met with a great deal of excitement, as Jodie is the first woman to portray the body-shifting Time Lord in 54 years.
Jodie said: “This is a really exciting time, and 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.”
The Thirteenth Doctor will enter the iconic Tardis this Christmas alongside new companions Graham (played by Bradley Walsh), Yasmin (Mandip Gill) and Ryan (Tosin Cole).
Twice Upon a Time will air on BBC One on Christmas Day.
Who is Jodie Whittaker?
Jodie is a veteran film and TV star, whose on-screen popularity was built alongside an accomplished career in theatre.
She was born and raised in West Yorkshire before moving to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
After graduating in 2005, she made her stage debut in a production of Kate Chopin’s The Storm at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
She told the Daily Mail in 2010: “I was the attention-seeking child in class who needed everyone to look at me.
“Luckily that got channelled into acting, because I would have been terrible at anything else.
Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker is the first female actor to portray The Doctor
“I would have been a nightmare in any kind of office, because I wouldn’t have had any friends in any environment other than performing.
I’m quite loud and quite overconfident – I’m a vain 27-year-old actress
“I’m quite loud and quite overconfident – I’m a vain 27-year-old actress”.
In 2008 she married American actor Christian Conteras and the pair have one child together.
Her nephew Harry Whittaker, who was born with Down’s Syndrome, starred as Leo Dingle in Emmerdale. The three-year-old toddler unfortunately passed away in 2014.
Mark Charnock, who plays Marlon on the soap, shared a heartfelt message after Harry’s death: “Our superhero. We were lucky to know you and hear your laugh.
“You lit up our lives, dearest, loveliest Harry.”
Jodie is a proud ambassador of the The Royal Mencap Society, which helps people with learning disabilities.
Where have you seen Jodie Whittaker before?
Soon after graduating from university, Jodie went on to star in the 2006 Oscar-nominated comedy Venus.
Looking back at her career, working with Peter O’Toole on Venus was a definite and “treasured” highlight for her.
She told the Irish Times: “With Venus, I wasn’t some out-of-work actor straight out of drama school.
“I was having an amazing time at the Globe. I rocked up to that first audition with confidence and a bit of rational panic.
Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker will replace Peter Capaldi as the 13th Doctor
“And then everyone kept asking: ‘Where did the director find you?’ Like he had picked me up on a train platform or something.
“I know I seem like I’m something from a documentary. But, eh, no.”
Thereafter she landed roles in St Trinians, Spike Island and played Anne Hathaway’s best friend in the 2011 romance drama One Day.
Her TV credits include roles in the BBC period drama Cranford and the finale of Charlie Brooker’s critically acclaimed first season of Black Mirror.
She then went on to star in Broadchurch, where she worked with Doctor Who’s new head writer Chris Chibnal.
Audiences are now hoping to catch Jodie as Cath Hardacre in a second season of BBC’s doctor drama Trust Me.
Doctor Who season 11 returns to BBC One this Christmas.
Published at Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:28:00 +0000