Gay Doctor Who Star Ncuti Gatwa Fires Back at Haters

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Ncuti Gatwa, known for his role in Sex Education and now the star of a beloved classic series, BBC’s Doctor Who, has expressed his stance against those who question his landing of the coveted role due to his sexual orientation. The actor fired back at trolls who sent homophobic abuse, stating that they are ‘not fans’ of the show.

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, to Rwandan parents, Gatwa has been a prominent figure in the LGBTQ+ community ever since he first set foot on the acting industry. Gatwa, who is openly gay, has been an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, often using his platform to shine a light on the issues concerning the community.

Gatwa initially stole the hearts of viewers portraying the lovable character Eric in the hit Netflix series Sex Education. His performance earned him much-deserved recognition and paved his way to become the new Doctor Who, making him one of the few openly gay actors to have landed the role in this iconic show’s history.

In terms of his love life, Gatwa has always been relatively private. Although there have been speculations and rumors about his relationship status, Gatwa has chosen to keep his personal life under wraps. Despite this, he continues to advocate for love and acceptance in all forms, embodying a role model for many within the LGBTQ+ community.

Recently, however, Gatwa has been at the receiving end of homophobic comments from some individuals questioning his role in the series due to his sexual orientation. Gatwa, however, remains defiant, stating that such people are not genuine fans of the show. His resilience is indicative of his commitment to fight against homophobia, a battle that is sadly prevalent even in an era that touts acceptance and progress.

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In an interview with Variety, he said: “I feel like anyone that has a problem with someone who’s not a straight white man playing this character, you’re not really, truly a fan of the show. You’ve not been watching!

“Because the show is about regeneration and the doctor is an alien. Why would they only choose to be this sort of person?”

As Ncuti Gatwa continues his journey, one thing is clear: his courage and resolution against hate are as spectacular as his acting, and he remains a significant figure championing the cause of the LGBTQ+ community.

Doctor Who returns to BBC1 and BBC iPlayer on May 11.

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