Jodie Whittaker is one of the busiest actors around, famously making her debut opposite Peter O'Toole in 2006's Oscar nominated, Venus. She has since worked in a corset in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, acted in a romcom and sci-fi in One Day and Attack the Block. But what really made her a familiar face was when she starred in award-winning crime drama Broadchurch, playing Beth Latimer, a young mum whose 11-year-old son is found dead on the beach, sparking a media frenzy in their sleepy coastal town. Beth doesn't crack a hint of a smile more than a handful of times in series one and two. "It used up a lot of my energy," Whittaker says. "It was full on”. With the show netting around eight or nine million viewers an episode over an eight-week run, she found people from all walks of like coming up to her and talking freely.

Whittaker is clearly close to her family, especially her mum and dad. She also has a brother Kris, but left home when she was 18 to go backpacking for a year. Three years at drama school followed where she attended the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama which was where she met her husband, the American Latino writer and actor Christian Contreras (Zero Dark Thirty, Fury). They live in north London, she's passionate about the capital. "I love it, and I'm proud of it as a city; I get excited to come home to it. I've lived here for twelve and a half years!”

Jodie Whittaker starred and was one of the executive producers for the film Adult Life Skills which has scooped two top prizes for Best Supporting Actor and Best Debut Screenwriter. "It's the proudest I've ever been, because now I appreciate how hard it Is to get an independent film made," she admits. "The fact that many of my family members were in it (Whittaker's husband, brother and niece all make appearances), and because it was shot in Huddersfield, where I'm from, meant it was a pretty emotional night". Jodie Whittaker is bright and down-to-earth, and you get the impression she doesn't suffer fools gladly. From Antigone to Broadchurch, Jodie Walker is no stranger to demanding dramas. Fortunately for the Huddersfield-born actress, reality is seriously upbeat. Jodie Whittaker is the new Doctor, the first female one in Dr Who.

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