Jodie Auckland Whittaker (born 3 June 1982) is an English actress. 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, the Black Mirror episode "The Entire History of You", and as grieving mother Beth Latimer in Broadchurch.
On 16 July 2017, the BBC announced that Whittaker would become the thirteenth and first female incarnation of The Doctor in the British TV series Doctor Who. She formally assumed the role from Peter Capaldi in the 2017 Christmas special episode "Twice Upon a Time" when Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor regenerated into Whittaker's Thirteenth Doctor. Whittaker will appear in her first full series as the Doctor in the eleventh series, due to air in late 2018.
Whittaker at the British Independent Film Awards in December 2014
|Born|| 3 June 1982
Skelmanthorpe, West Yorkshire, England
|Alma mater||Guildhall School of Music and Drama|
|Spouse(s)||Christian Contreras (m. 2008)|
Whittaker was born in Skelmanthorpe, West Yorkshire. She attended Scissett Middle School and Shelley High School (Shelley College) before training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2005 with the highest prize, the Acting Gold Medal.
Whittaker made her professional debut in The Storm at Shakespeare's Globe in 2005. 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 / Venus in the film Venus. Her radio credits include a 2008 adaptation of Blinded by the Sun by Stephen Poliakoff and Lydia Bennett in Unseen Austen, an original drama by Judith French. In 2009, she worked on the film Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World, the BBC2 drama Royal Wedding, and the short film Wish 143, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.
In 2010, Whittaker appeared in the film The Kid and co-starred in BBC's Accused. She appeared in the 2009 Irish comedy crime film Perrier's Bounty. In 2011, she appeared as Viv in the BBC adaptation of Sarah Waters's novel The Night Watch and the cult film Attack the Block. In 2012, she starred in the musical comedy-drama Good Vibrations.
On 16 July 2017, Whittaker was announced as the Thirteenth Doctor in the science fiction television series Doctor Who; she will be the first woman to play the title role. She had previously worked with incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall on Broadchurch. 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. 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." Chibnall said that he always wanted a woman for the part and that Whittaker was their first choice.
Reaction to Whittaker's casting was mostly positive, although a sizeable minority were unhappy. 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. Whittaker debuted in the 2017 Christmas special "Twice Upon a Time".
Whittaker has been married to American actor Christian Contreras since 2008. Their first child was born in April 2015. Her nephew Harry Whittaker, who died at the age of three in 2014, had Down syndrome and appeared in Emmerdale as Leo Goskirk, a character with the same condition. Whittaker identifies as a feminist.
|2006||Venus||Jessie||Nominated—ALFS Award for British Newcomer of the Year
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer (On Screen)
Nominated—London Critics Circle Film Award for British Newcomer of the Year
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
|2009||Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne||Bridget Byrne|
|2009||Wish 143||Maggie||Short film|
|2009||St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold||Beverly|
|2010||Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World||Noreen Stokes|
|2011||Attack the Block||Samantha Adams||Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2011||A Thousand Kisses Deep||Mia Selva||Also video operator|
|2012||Dust||Jessica's Mum||Short film|
|2014||Emotional Fusebox||Anna||Short film|
|2016||Adult Life Skills||Anna||Also executive producer
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Supporting Actress
|2006||The Afternoon Play||||Episode: "The Last Will and Testament of Billy Two-Sheds"|
|2006||Doctors||Louise Clancy||Episode: "Ignorance Is Bliss"|
|2006||Dalziel and Pascoe||||Episode: "Fallen Angel"|
|2007||This Life + 10||Clare||Television film|
|2008||Tess of the D'Urbervilles||Izzy Huett||Miniseries|
|2008||The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall||Sophie||Television film|
|2008||Consuming Passion||Mary Boon||Television film|
|2009||Return to Cranford||Peggy Bell||Television Miniseries|
|2010||Accused||Emma Croft||Episode: "Liam's Story"|
|2010||Royal Wedding||Linda Caddock||Television film|
|2011||Marchlands||Ruth Bowen||5 episodes|
|2011||Black Mirror||Ffion||Episode: "The Entire History of You"|
|2011||The Night Watch||Vivian Pearce||Television film|
|2013–2017||Broadchurch||Beth Latimer||24 episodes
Nominated—Crime Thriller Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—RTS Television Award for Best Actress
|2014||The Assets||Sandra Grimes||8 episodes|
|2014||The Smoke||Trish Tooley||8 episodes|
|2017||Trust Me||Cath Hardacre/Dr Ally Sutton ||4 episodes|
|2017–present||Doctor Who||The Doctor||Thirteenth Doctor; debut in "Twice Upon a Time"|
|2005||Storm, TheThe Storm||Ampelisca||Shakespeare's Globe|
|2007||Gaggle of Saints, AA Gaggle of Saints||Sue||Trafalgar Studios|
|2007||Awake and Sing!||Hennie Berger||Almeida Theatre|
|2008||Blinded by the Sun||||BBC Radio 4|
|2008||Unseen Austen||Lydia Bennett||BBC Radio 4|