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Jodie Auckland Whittaker (born 17 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 (2011), the Black Mirror episode "The Entire History of You" (2011), and as grieving mother Beth Latimer in Broadchurch.

Jodie Whittaker
Jodie Whittaker by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Whittaker in July 2018
BornJodie Auckland Whittaker
(1982-06-17) 17 June 1982 (age 36)
Skelmanthorpe, West Yorkshire, England
ResidenceLondon, England
Years active2005–present
Christian Contreras
(m. 2008)

On 16 July 2017, the BBC announced that Whittaker would become the thirteenth and first female incarnation of The Doctor[1] 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 appears in her first full series as the Doctor in the eleventh series, which premiered in October 2018.[2]


Early life

Jodie Auckland Whittaker[3] was born on 17 June 1982[3] in Skelmanthorpe, West Yorkshire. She attended Scissett Middle School and Shelley High School before training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2005 with the highest prize, the Acting Gold Medal.[4]


Early career

Whittaker made her professional debut in The Storm at Shakespeare's Globe in 2005.[4] 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[5] 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,[6] and the short film Wish 143,[7] which was nominated for the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.[8]

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.

Whittaker starred in the drama Broadchurch, the reality-based spy drama miniseries The Assets, and the four-part BBC One medical drama Trust Me.[9]

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 title role.[10][11][12] She had previously worked with incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall on Broadchurch.[13] 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.[13] 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."[13] Chibnall said that he always wanted a woman for the part and that Whittaker was their first choice.[14]

Reaction to Whittaker's casting was mostly positive, although a sizeable minority was unhappy.[15] 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.[16][17] Whittaker debuted in the 2017 Christmas special "Twice Upon a Time".[18][19]

Personal life

Whittaker has been married to American actor and writer[1] Christian Contreras since 2008.[20] Their first child was born in April 2015.[21] 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.[22][23] Whittaker identifies as a feminist.[24] She lives in London.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Venus Jessie[25] 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[25][26]
2008 Good Anne Hartman[25]
2009 White Wedding Rose[27]
Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne Bridget Byrne[25]
Roar Eva[27] Short film
Perrier's Bounty Brenda[25]
Wish 143 Maggie[7] Short film
St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Beverly[25][26]
2010 The Kid Jackie[25]
Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World Noreen Stokes[25]
2011 Attack the Block Samantha Adams[26] Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress
One Day Tilly[25]
A Thousand Kisses Deep Mia Selva[25] Also video operator
2012 Good Vibrations Ruth[25]
Ashes Ruth[28][29]
Dust Jessica's Mum[30] Short film
2013 Spike Island Suzanne[25]
2014 Hello Carter Jenny[25]
Get Santa Alison[25]
Emotional Fusebox Anna[25] Short film
Black Sea Chrissy[25]
2016 Adult Life Skills Anna[25] Also executive producer
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actress

Nominated—National Film Award (UK) for Best Actress[31]

Nominated—National Film Award (UK) for Best Breakthrough Performance[31]

2017 Journeyman Emma[27] Nominated—Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Supporting Actress[32]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Afternoon Play [33] Episode: "The Last Will and Testament of Billy Two-Sheds"
Won—RTS Midlands Award for Best Actress
Doctors Louise Clancy[27] Episode: "Ignorance Is Bliss"
Dalziel and Pascoe [27] Episode: "Fallen Angel"
2007 This Life + 10 Clare[27] Television film
2008 Tess of the D'Urbervilles Izzy Huett[25] Miniseries
Wired Louise Evans[25] Miniseries
The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall Sophie[25] Television film
Consuming Passion Mary Boon[25] Television film
2009 Return to Cranford Peggy Bell Television Miniseries
2010 Accused Emma Croft[27] Episode: "Liam's Story"
Royal Wedding Linda Caddock[25] Television film
2011 Marchlands Ruth Bowen[27] 5 episodes
Black Mirror Ffion[26] Episode: "The Entire History of You"
The Night Watch Vivian Pearce[25] Television film
2013–2017 Broadchurch Beth Latimer[25][26] 24 episodes
Nominated—Crime Thriller Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—RTS Television Award for Best Actress
2014 The Assets Sandra Grimes[27] 8 episodes
The Smoke Trish Tooley[27] 8 episodes
2017 Trust Me Cath Hardacre/Dr Ally Sutton [27] 4 episodes
2017–present Doctor Who Thirteenth Doctor[26] Debut in "Twice Upon a Time", Series 11
2018 Diana Diana, Princess of Wales Television film


Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Storm Ampelisca[34] Shakespeare's Globe
2006 Enemies Nadya[27] Almeida Theatre
2007 A Gaggle of Saints Sue[35] Trafalgar Studios
Awake and Sing![27] Hennie Berger Almeida Theatre
2012 Antigone Antigone[27] National Theatre[36]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Blinded by the Sun [37] BBC Radio 4
Unseen Austen Lydia Bennett[38]


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