Jodie Whittaker

Last updated on 23 July 2017

Jodie Auckland Whittaker (born 3 June 1982)[1] is an English actress. She first came to prominence for 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), the Black Mirror episode "The Entire History of You" (2011), and as grieving mother Beth Latimer in Chris Chibnall's TV series Broadchurch (2013–2017).

On 16 July 2017, BBC announced that Whittaker would become the thirteenth and first female incarnation of The Doctor in the British TV series Doctor Who, taking over the role in the 2017 Christmas special episode "Twice Upon a Time".[2] Her arrival in the series will coincide with Chibnall's, who will become Doctor Who's new executive producer and head writer.

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Jodie Whittaker 2014.jpg

Early life

Whittaker was born in Skelmanthorpe. She attended Shelley College, West Yorkshire, before training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2005 with the gold medal for acting.[3]

Career

Whittaker made her professional debut in The Storm at Shakespeare's Globe in 2005.[3] 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[4] 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,[5] and the short film Wish 143,[6] which was nominated for the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.[7]

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.

From March to April 2013, Whittaker starred in the ITV detective drama Broadchurch; she subsequently reprised the role for two additional series, until the show's conclusion in 2017. In January 2014, she starred in the reality-based spy drama miniseries The Assets on ABC.[8]

On 16 July 2017, Whittaker was announced as the thirteenth incarnation of The Doctor in the science fiction television series Doctor Who; she will be the first woman in the history of the franchise to play the title role.[2][9][10] She had previously worked with incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall on Broadchurch.[11] 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.[11] 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."[11]

Personal life

Whittaker has been married to American actor Christian Contreras since 2008.[12] Their first child was born in April 2015.[13]

Her nephew Harry Whittaker had Down syndrome and played Leo Goskirk, a character with the same condition, in Emmerdale before his death at the age of three in 2014.[14][15]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Venus Jessie[16] 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
2007 St Trinian's Beverly[16][17]
2008 Good Anne Hartman[16]
2009 White Wedding Rose[18]
2009 Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne Bridget Byrne[16]
2009 Roar Eva[18] Short film
2009 Perrier's Bounty Brenda[16]
2009 Wish 143 Maggie[6] Short film
2009 St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Beverly[16][17]
2010 The Kid Jackie[16]
2010 Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World Noreen Stokes[16]
2011 Attack the Block Samantha Adams[17] Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress
2011 One Day Tilly[16]
2011 A Thousand Kisses Deep Mia Selva[16] Also video operator
2012 Good Vibrations Ruth[16]
2012 Ashes Ruth[19][20]
2012 Dust Jessica's Mum[21] Short film
2013 Spike Island Suzanne[16]
2014 Hello Carter Jenny[16]
2014 Get Santa Alison[16]
2014 Emotional Fusebox Anna[16] Short film
2014 Black Sea Chrissy[16]
2016 Adult Life Skills Anna[16] Also executive producer
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
2017 Journeyman Emma[18] Completed

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Afternoon Play [22] Episode: "The Last Will and Testament of Billy Two-Sheds"
2006 Doctors Louise Clancy[18] Episode: "Ignorance Is Bliss"
2006 Dalziel and Pascoe [18] Episode: "Fallen Angel"
2007 This Life + 10 Clare[18] Television film
2008 Tess of the D'Urbervilles Izzy Huett[16] Miniseries
2008 Wired Louise Evans[16] Miniseries
2008 The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall Sophie[16] Television film
2008 Consuming Passion Mary Boon[16] Television film
2010 Accused Emma Croft[18] Episode: "Liam's Story"
2010 Royal Wedding Linda Caddock[16] Television film
2011 Marchlands Ruth Bowen[18] 5 episodes
2011 Black Mirror Ffion[17] Episode: "The Entire History of You"
2011 The Night Watch Vivian Pearce[16] Television film
2013–2017 Broadchurch Beth Latimer[16][17] 24 episodes
Nominated—Crime Thriller Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—RTS Television Award for Best Actress
2014 The Assets Sandra Grimes[18] 8 episodes
2014 The Smoke Trish Tooley[18] 8 episodes
2017 Trust Me Cath Hardacre[18]
2017 Doctor Who The Doctor[17] Thirteenth Doctor; debut in "Twice Upon a Time"

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Storm, TheThe Storm Ampelisca[23] Shakespeare's Globe
2006 Enemies Nadya[18] Almeida Theatre
2007 Gaggle of Saints, AA Gaggle of Saints Sue[24] Trafalgar Studios
2007 Awake and Sing![18] Hennie Berger Almeida Theatre
2012 Antigone Antigone[18] National Theatre[25]

Radio

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Blinded by the Sun [26] BBC Radio 4
2008 Unseen Austen Lydia Bennett[27] BBC Radio 4

References

  1. ^ Addley, Esther (21 July 2017). "Jodie Whittaker: the 'force of nature' taking on Doctor Who". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker is to replace Peter Capaldi in the Time Lord regeneration game". The Daily Telegraph. 16 July 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Jodie Whittaker: Rise of a venus with her feet on the ground". The Yorkshire Post. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Radio 4 – The Saturday Play". BBC. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  5. ^ Leigh Holmwood (11 September 2009). "New BBC drama set to recall 1981 royal wedding | Media". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  6. ^ a b ""Wish 143" Review". The Independent Critic. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Leyland's Tom Bidwell up for an Oscar for Wish 143". BBC. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  8. ^ "The Assets". tv.com. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  9. ^ "The next Doctor Who has been announced". The Independent. 16 July 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Doctor Who's 13th Time Lord to be a woman". BBC. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  11. ^ a b c "Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker becomes 13th Time Lord, urging fans 'not to be scared by my gender'". The Telegraph. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  12. ^ Leigh Holmwood (18 June 2011). "Jodie Whittaker: 'I work a lot and no one knows who I am'". The Independent. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  13. ^ Smith, Riess (27 February 2017). "Broadchurch cast: Who is Jodie Whittaker? Life, career, husband and more". Daily Express. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Huddersfield actress Jodie Whittaker supporting World Down Syndrome Day – and nephew Harry!". Huddersfield Examiner. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Emmerdale tribute to Marlon, Rhona son". Digital Spy. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "Jodie Whittaker". British Film Institute. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  17. ^ a b c d e f Burt, Kayti. "Doctor Who: 5 Jodie Whittaker Roles to Check Out". Den of Geek. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Jodie Whittaker". Independent Talent. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  19. ^ Ashes - The Works Picture Group
  20. ^ Pike, Rebecca. "Ashes - Review". Radio Times. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  21. ^ DUST - Short film starring Alan Rickman & Jodie Whittaker
  22. ^ "The Last Will and Testament of Billy Two-sheds (2006)". Britsh Film Institute. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  23. ^ Oswald, Peter (2005). The Storm Or, the Howler (after Plautus). Oberon Books. p. 6. ISBN 9781849438506.
  24. ^ Spencer, Charles (12 January 2007). "Chilling glimpses of nastiness". Telegraph. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  25. ^ "Antigone: Family versus State". National Theatre. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  26. ^ "Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Characters and Cast". BBC. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  27. ^ "Unseen Austen". BBC. Retrieved 17 July 2017.

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