Ncuti Gatwa Journey From “S*x Education” To “Doctor Who”

Journey Of Ncuti Gatwa

Ncuti Gatwa is a Rwandan-Scottish actor who came to the limelight and got famous after appearing on the Netflix comedy-drama series S*x Education.

S*x Education gave him colossal fame and earned him a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in Television; in addition to this, he was also awarded three BAFTA Television Award nominations for Best Male Comedy Performance.

How did he start his career? Did he share his childhood challenges with the media? What are the controversies in which he is involved? Is he married? What are the challenges in his life? Let’s find out.

How Ncuti Gatwa Replaced Jodie Whittaker For The Next Lead “ Doctor Who”?

Ncuti Gatawa is a well-known actor for his performance in the Netflix series “ S*x Education,” who will replace Jodie Whittaker as the next lead in “Doctor Who,” announced by the BBC on Sunday.

How Ncuti Gatwa Replaced Jodie Whittaker For The Next Lead “ Doctor Who”?
Ncuti Gatwa Posing on Instagram

While talking in the BBC press release, Gatwa said: “There aren’t quite the words to describe how I’m feeling. A mix of deeply honored, beyond excited, and, of course, a little bit scared, This role and show mean so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each one of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care. I will endeavor my utmost to do the same.”

Jodie Whittaker was the first woman who played Doctor’s role after being appointed as the TARDIS-traveling Time Lord in 2017. 

However, the previous year, in July 2021,  the BBC said that “she would be bowing out of the show — leaving what she said was “the best job” she ever had — after season 13.”

Gatwa has been nominated for Best Male Performance in a comedy program at this year’s BAFTAs and will now become the 14th Doctor in the show.

For now, he is famous and known for his role as Eric Effiong in “S*x Education,” which is a fictional series that follows students seeking counseling from the underground s*x therapy clinic at school. 

In 2020, he was honored with the awards for the  Best Actor Award at the Scottish BAFTAs for his role in “S*x Education.”

Russell T Davies, showrunner of “Doctor Who” said in the press release: “Sometimes talent walks through the door, and it’s so bright and bold and brilliant, I just stand back in awe and thank my lucky stars, Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor and owned those TARDIS keys in seconds.”

He then joined the long-running sci-fi series, following an alien traveling across space and time — ahead of its 60th anniversary in 2023.

Ncuti Gatwa Early Life & Education 

Ncuti Gatwa was born in Nyarugenge, Kigali, Rwanda, in October 1992.

He was raised in a well-established family, and his father–Tharcisse Gatwa, is a journalist with a Ph.D. in theology.

They emigrated to Scotland and settled in Edinburgh and Dunfermline after facing Rwanda’s Genocide in 1994.

However, to pursue his career, Gatwa went to Boroughmuir High School and Dunfermline High School.

Since then, he went to Glasgow for his further studies and studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and availed the graduation degree of  BA in Acting in 2013.

How Did Ncuti Gatwa Pursue His Career?

As mentioned above, Gatwa availed the degree of BA in acting, so he pursued his career in acting at a very young age.

After graduating, he secured a position in the Dundee Repertory Theater acting which was located in Dundee, Scotland.

In the theater, he performed numerous productions, including David Greig’s Victoria.

In 2015, Gatwa starred in a supporting role in the miniseries Stonemouth, which was a modification of the 2012 novel of the same name. 

He performed in the Kneehigh Theater production of 946, which was modified from Michael Morpurgo’s The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips in the same year.

After three years of his production performance, Gatwa starred in the famous Netflix comedy-drama series S*x Education and played the role of  Eric Effiong.

The series was released in 2019 and acquired massive recognition. 

Gatwa received immense public support and appreciation for his role as Eric and earned a name across the world.

Ncuti Gatwa Awards & Achievements

Throughout his career, Gatwa strived hard and gained privileges for his exceptional performance.

For his role in “S*x Education,” he has gained many awards. He won BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in Television in 2020 and also honored three BAFTA Television Award nominations for Best Male Comedy Performance. 

He was honored with the BAFTA Television awards back to back in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

What Is Ncuti Gatwa Net Worth?

Ncuti Gatwa has an estimated net worth of USD 150 million approximately, which he acquired from his leading acting career. 

He earned huge fame after appearing in the comedy Netflix series “ S*x Education” and amassing a massive wealth from it. 

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