Ncuti Gatwa Biography
Ncuti Gatwa is a Rwandan-Scottish actor who was born on October 15, 1992. He gained to popularity as Eric Effiong on the Netflix comedy-drama series Sex Education (2019–present), for which he won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in Television and was nominated for three BAFTA Television Awards for Best Male Comedy Performance.
Gatwa was introduced as the fourteenth version of the Doctor on the BBC programme Doctor Who in 2022, making him the series’ first black lead actor.
|Date of Birth||October 15, 1992|
|Height||5ft 9 ¼ (175.9 cm)|
|Net worth||$2.5 million|
Ncuti Gatwa Background
Gatwa was born on October 15, 1992, in Nyarugenge, Kigali, Rwanda. Tharcisse Gatwa, a journalist with a PhD in theology from Rwanda’s Karongi District, is his father.
During the Rwandan genocide in 1994, the family fled Rwanda and lived in Scotland. They split their time between Edinburgh and Dunfermline. Gatwa attended Boroughmuir High School and Dunfermline High School before transferring to Glasgow to pursue a BA in Acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Ncuti Gatwa Career
Following graduation, Gatwa was accepted into the Dundee Repertory Theatre’s acting graduate scheme in Dundee, Scotland, where he appeared in a number of shows, including David Greig’s Victoria.
He appeared in the 2014 sitcom Bob Servant, which was set and filmed in Dundee.
In 2015, he played a supporting role in Stonemouth, a miniseries based on the 2012 novel of the same name. In the same year, he appeared in Kneehigh Theatres’ production of 946, a play based on Michael Morpurgo’s The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips about the D-Day landing preparations in Devon, which resulted in countless deaths.
Gatwa portrayed Demetrius in Emma Rice’s 2016 Shakespeare’s Globe production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Gatwa was cast as Eric Effiong in the Netflix comedy-drama series Sex Education in May 2018, and the show premiered in 2019 to critical praise. Audiences and critics alike complimented Gatwa on his portrayal of Eric.
He has received multiple awards for the character, including a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in Television in 2020 and three BAFTA Television Award nominations for Best Male Comedy Performance, one in each of the years 2020, 2021, and 2022.
Ncuti Gatwa Cast in The Doctor
Gatwa was cast in Doctor Who as the fourteenth incarnation of the show’s protagonist, the Doctor, on the 8th of May 2022. In 2022, he will make his first appearance in a special program to commemorate the BBC’s centenary, before taking up the post full-time the following year.
Ncuti shared a few words on taking on the legendary role, saying he is “deeply honoured, beyond excited, and of course a little bit scared.”
“There aren’t quite the words to describe how I’m feeling,” Ncuti said. “A mix of deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared. This role and show means 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 endeavour my upmost to do the same. Russell T Davies is almost as iconic as the Doctor himself and being able to work with him is a dream come true. His writing is dynamic, exciting, incredibly intelligent and fizzing with danger. An actor’s metaphorical playground.
“The entire team have been so welcoming and truly give their hearts to the show. And so as much as it’s daunting, I’m aware I’m joining a really supportive family. Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart but I am giving it all to this show.”
Ncuti Gatwa Net worth
Ncuti Gatwa has an estimated net worth of $2.5 million. He won the Best Actor Award at the Scottish BAFTA’s in 2020 for his performance as Eric Effiong in Sex Education