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Samuel Lee AndersonBorn: June 1982 (age: 40)
Samuel Anderson originated the character of Crowther in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys, a role he performed around the world on stage and on radio and film adaptations.
He is best known on television in the UK for his role as Ross Kirk in Emmerdale between 2007 and 2009. Other roles have included Jason in Totally Frank, Fingers in Gavin and Stacey, and Kris Kingsley in Casualty; at the time of his announcement in Doctor Who, he had just appeared as a model in Death in Paradise.
Samuel Anderson (The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey, Emmerdale) is set to join the cast of Doctor Who as a recurring character in series 8, which will also introduce Peter Capaldi as the Doctor to millions of viewers for the first time. Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches.
On joining the show Samuel Anderson said: I was so excited to join Doctor Who I wanted to jump and click my heels, but I was scared I might not come down before filming started! Its a quintessential part of British culture and I cant believe Im part of it. Its an honour to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and I cant wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added: For the fourth time in Doctor Who history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the TARDIS. In 1963 teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright accompanied the First Doctor. These days its the turn of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. And very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor. But how and why? Answers are coming later this year in Peter Capaldis first series of Doctor Who!
Filming recently began on episode 4 of the new series which will co-star Robert Goodman (Gangs of New York, Game of Thrones) and episode 5, co-starring Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch, Groove High), and Pippa Bennett-Warner (The Smoke, Death in Paradise).