Yasmin Finney is joining the cast of the next series of Doctor Who!
It was just announced on Monday (May 16) that the Heartstopper star will join Ncuti Gatwa as the Rose Tyler to his Doctor, Variety confirms.
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“If anyone would have told 8-year-old Yasmin that one day she’d be part of this iconic show, I would have never in a million years believed them,” Yasmin shared in a statement. “This show has a place in so many people’s hearts, so to be seen as a trans actress by the legend himself Russell, has not only made my year, it’s made my life. I cannot wait to begin this journey and for you all to see how Rose blossoms. Get ready.”
“Life on Doctor Who gets brighter and wilder, how can there be another Rose?” series showrunner Russell T. Davies said. “You’ll find out in 2023, but it’s an absolute joy to welcome Yasmin to the Doctor Who set. We all fell in love with her in Heartstopper, one of those shows which changes the world — and now Yasmin can change the Whoniverse!”
Yasmin‘s role is actually history making for the Doctor Who world, as she is the first transgender actor to play a companion in the main series. Previously, Rebecca Root was the first transgender actor to play a Doctor Who companion in the audio series Stranded.
She was of course was just recently seen in the Netflix hit series Heartstopper, portraying Elle Argent, one of Charlie’s close friends.
Yasmin‘s Heartstopper co-star Joe Locke celebrated the exciting news, writing on Twitter, “OH YES YES YES”
Heartstopper author and series creator/writer Alice Oseman also celebrated, writing, “YASMIN FINNEY IN DOCTOR WHO!!!!!!!!! simply ecstatic about this 😭”
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