How Sex Education's Ncuti Gatwa went from homeless to hero and is now the toast of the TV world

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After landing the role of Eric Effiong in Netflix's hugely popular Sex Education, Ncuti Gatwa's star has been on the rise – and he's now poised to take on the biggest job in British television, the lead in BBC's Dr Who. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)
After landing the role of Eric Effiong in Netflix's hugely popular Sex Education, Ncuti Gatwa's star has been on the rise – and he's now poised to take on the biggest job in British television, the lead in BBC's Dr Who. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)

He's the toast of the TV world, the latest actor to step into a role that’s as much a British institution as putting the kettle on for a cup of tea. And Ncuti Gatwa is still pinching himself to make sure the fact that he’s the new Doctor Who isn’t all a dream. 

“It feels amazing,” he says. “This role is so iconic and it means so much to so many people, including myself.”

The news that the 29-year-old had landed the coveted role broke on the day of the Baftas, where Ncuti was nominated for a part that saw his fortunes change forever: playing Eric Effiong in the hit Netflix series Sex Education.

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