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Jodie Auckland WhittakerBorn: Thursday 17th June 1982 (age: 41)
Jodie Auckland Whittaker was born in Skelmanthorpe in Yorkshire in 1982. Having attended Shelley College in West Yorkshire she then went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, from which she graduated in 2005 with the Gold Medal for acting. She soon made her debut in The Storm at the Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London, and then went on to appear as Jessie/Venus in the film Venus.
On-screen, she has appeared in a number of roles, notably Izzy Huett in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Louise Evans in Wired, Peggy Bell in Cranford, Ruth Bowen in Marchlands, Trish Tooley in The Smoke, and Sandy Grimes in The Assets.
She is perhaps best known, however, for her portrayal of Beth Latimer alongside former Doctor David Tennant's Alec Hardy in the ITV drama Broadchurch, a series also penned by incoming lead writer and executive producer for Doctor Who, Chris Chibnall.
On Sunday 16th July 2017, Whittaker was announced to the world as the thirteenth official Doctor in a special video shown on BBC1 after the Men's Final at Wimbledon.
She is married to American actor Christian Contreras.