Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th (and first female) incarnation of the Time Lord on BBC’s sci-fi drama “Doctor Who.” But this is hardly her first role. Get to know where the actress has been before she steps into the TARDIS.
Whittaker played real-life CIA agent Sandra Grimes alongside Harriet Walter as Jeanne Vertefeuille on ABC’s “The Assets.” The show was based on the autobiographical book by Grimes and Vertefeuille chronicling the mission of tracking and capturing Aldrich Ames, who passed top-secret CIA files to Russian agents. However, the show had the lowest drama premiere ratings ever on any of the big three networks, and, after the low ratings continued, was canceled mid-season.
Whittaker co-starred alongside fellow Doctor David Tennant and Olivia Colman in all three seasons of the British detective series as Beth Latimer, the mother of 11-year-old Danny Latimer, who was found dead on the beach and whose murder was solved at the end of season one. She was nominated for an RTS Television Award for Best Actress from the Royal Television Society for her role.
“Attack The Block” follows a teenage gang whose night of mayhem is upended when aliens crash land in South London. In the British sci-fi horror film, Whittaker played a trainee nurse who is mugged by the John Boyega-led gang. The film has become something of a cult fan favorite on both sides of the pond.
Whittaker starred in the final episode of the first season of anthology drama “Black Mirror” as Ffion Foxwell, a woman whose husband suspects is cheating on him. In the universe of the episode, everyone has implants known as “grains,” which record and replay memories at will, eventually revealing Ffion’s infidelity and unraveling the Foxwells’ marriage. Her performance received positive reviews from critics.
In the two-part second season of 1844-set British drama series “Cranford,” Whittaker played Peggy Bell, the sheltered daughter and caretaker of a fragile widow who has little opportunity to interact with people her own age, which causes the townspeople to worry she’ll never find a husband. Peggy’s story has a happy ending, however, as she falls in love with Tom Hiddleston’s William Buxton, the son of wealthy salt baron, and he asks her to marry him.
A reboot of the long-running film series based on the work of Ronald Searle, the film stars Talulah Riley as an uptight girl who transfers to St. Trinian’s, a school for wayward girls. Whittaker played Beverly, the school’s secretary with a questionable attitude who drowned out the antics of the girls with large headphones. Whittaker also reprised her role for the sequel.
In Whittaker’s film debut, she co-starred with Peter O’Toole as Jessie, the object of aging actor Maurice’s affections. Maurice attempts to win her love, while Jessie at times appears to welcome his friendship and at others rejects him. However, Maurice is less judgemental of Jessie’s promiscuous lifestyle than her relatives are, and by the end of the film they become friends. Whittaker received a British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Newcomer as well as a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actress for the role.