Jodie Whittaker has just been revealed as the latest and 13th Time Lord – Doctor Who.
A trailer played at the end of the Wimbledon men’s final unveiled the latest Doctor, who will of course be the first woman to ever step into the doctor’s prestigious shoes.
But who is Jodie Whittaker and where have we seen her before?
The 35-year-old actress, originally from Huddersfield, graduated from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2005 and has since appeared in a multitude of high profile television shows and movies.
Here’s where you might recognise her from.
Whittaker played grieving mother Beth Latimer in the incredibly popular ITV show Broadchurch from 2013-2017. Beth is wife to Mark, mum to Chloe, baby Lizzie and her late son Danny.
Broadchurch and Doctor Who are closely connected, as not only did former Doctor Who David Tennant co-star in Broadchurch with Whittaker but Chris Chibnall served as a leading writer and creator of Broadchurch and is now in charge of Doctor Who.
This 2014 short-lived Sky1 show was cancelled just after one series, but gave Jodie the co-starring role of Trish Tooley, the supportive girlfriend of Jamie Bamber, a heroic and team leader firefighter in London.
Whittaker co-starred in the final and third episode of the highly acclaimed Channel 4 first series of Black Mirror. In “The Entire History of You”, Jodie’s character Ffion is living in a world where all memories and experiences are recorded in a chip placed behind the ear, and when a dinner party goes wrong, her husband (played by Toby Kebbell) suspects she’s been having an affair.
In the ITV series Marchlands, which followed three families living in the same house in different eras, Whittaker played Ruth Bowen in the first series set in 1968. Playing another grieving mother, she has recently lost her child to drowning, but is increasingly suspicious on the events that let up to the passing.
BBC’s The Accused ran from 2010-2012 and focused on the story behind an accused person in court. In series one, episode four, Jodie Whittaker plays the customer of a London cabbie, who after robbing her flat, becomes obsessed with her and fantasises about a future life with her – which eventually leads with his arrest for suspected murder.
Whittaker first gained widespread critical acclaim back in 2006 when she co-starred with Peter O’Toole in the movie Venus. Jodie plays a young and aspiring model Jessie, the object of Maurice’s (played by O’Toole) infatuation who is an elderly and dying actor. The two form an odd yet charming relationship, in which Jessie is forced to grow up and Maurice is forced to come to terms with his unavoidable fate.
Trust Me is an upcoming BBC drama starring Jodie as a whistle blower nurse who after being suspended takes on the identity of her doctor friend and finds work as an A&E doctor in an Edinburgh hospital. Inspired by true events, Trust Me is billed as a psychological thriller and is written by Dan Sefton who’s also written The Good Karma Hospital, Mr. Selfridge and for Holby City.
Jodie Whittaker will begin playing Doctor Who during its December Christmas Special.