Doctor Who’s Ncuti Gatwa proudly showed off his new London home on Tuesday as he posed for a photo in his living room.
The actor, 30, previously admitted he was homeless for five months prior to finally landing his breakthrough role on Netflix’s Sex Education five years ago.
But after securing the prestigious role of the famed time travelling Doctor Who, Ncuti has now become a homeowner for the first time and is delighted.
Homeowner: Doctor Who ‘s Ncuti Gatwa proudly showed off his new home on Tuesday as he posed for a photo in his new London pad
Ncuti, who fully moved in this week, offered a huge grin as he sat among clothes and unpacked boxes, as well as an impressive coat collection.
Captioning the post, he wrote: ‘Man’s a homeowner now’.
The Scottish star, who was born in Rwanda, previously revealed that before landing the role, he’d struggled with homelessness and depression.
In an interview with The Big Issue in 2020, he admitted that while temping at luxury department store Harrods in the city, he was selling £7,000 fragrances by day but didn’t have a bed to sleep in when he went home at night.
He also revealed that a friend had to lend him money to get to the audition for his role, which earned him praise for his show-stealing portrayal of a gay black teen.
Happy: Ncuti, who fully moved in this week, offered a huge grin as he sat among clothes and unpacked boxes
He said: ‘So for five months before Sex Education, I was couch-surfing among all my friends. I didn’t have a home.
‘I was homeless. The only thing stopping me from being on the streets was the fact I had friends.
‘Being a 25-year-old man with no money or job affected my sense of self-worth. Rejection became unbearable. Auditions weren’t just acting jobs, they were lifelines.
‘One friend gave me money towards paying off the prior month’s rent and offered to let me move into their spare room rent free for a while.
Honest: The actor, 30, has been open about his turbulent past, admitting he was homeless for five months prior to finally landing his breakthrough role on Netflix’s Sex Education, (pictured in October)
Great, I thought. An opportunity to get back on my feet and start paying people back.
On moving-in day, he changed his mind. ‘As I was standing on the street with my suitcases, one thought came into my head: “I’m homeless”.
‘To the outside world everything seemed fine. I was temping at Harrods.
‘I’d wake up from the double bed I shared with my best friend, leave the house without a hair out of place in a slick-looking trench coat and polished brogues.
‘I would get compliments for looking so presentable. When I lost weight due to eating only one meal a day, people told me how lean and healthy I looked.’
Following his move in during the weekend, Ncuti couldn’t wait to thank his removal team for being so kind.
He wrote: ‘Finally FULLY in my yard. Hit up Den Drops Ltd if you need to move. So helpful. So efficient. And great banter. What more do you want.’
Ncuti will take over from fourteenth Doctor David Tennant at the end of 2023.
Meanwhile, Doctor Who bosses recently said they considered casting a non-binary actor for the Fifteenth Time Lord, before casting Ncuti .
In a new interview, Russell T. Davies spoke about the search to find Jodie Whittaker’s replacement with actors from ‘all backgrounds and genders’ taking part in the audition process.
The screenwriter, 59, reflected on the casting process and how both he and executive producer Phil Collinson had a rough vision that the new Doctor would be played by someone under 30.
Casting: In a new interview, Russell T. Davies (pictured with Ncuti in May) spoke about the search to find Jodie Whittaker’s replacement
‘As ever, we turned to Andy Pryor [casting director] and said, ”Bring us the best in the land.” We saw all backgrounds, all genders,’ Russell told Radio Times’ Doctor Who magazine.
‘We saw men, we saw women, we saw one non-binary actor.
‘I think, as a rule, we were looking for younger – most of the people we saw were under 30 – but not as a definite rule, and kind of new talent.’
While Russell kept coy on which actors took part in the audition process, he admitted bosses nearly gave the role of Doctor Who to someone else, before Ncuti bagged the role.
Doctor Who returns in November 2023 with three special episodes to coincide with the show’s 60th anniversary, with David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor.
The Fifteenth Doctor, played by Ncuti will then take control of the TARDIS, with his first episode airing over the festive period next year.
‘We saw all backgrounds, all genders’: Doctor Who bosses considered casting a non-binary actor for the Time Lord, before casting Sex Education star Ncuti
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