Doctor Who Ncuti Gatwa poses in hotpants and dress for striking snaps

New Doctor Who Ncuti Gatwa poses in hotpants and a dress as he details the importance of representation on screen and battling internalised hate

Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa discussed the importance of representation and inclusivity as he posed for a striking ELLE cover spread. 

The actor, who is set to make history as the first black male Time Lord, looked sensational for the photoshoot, showing off his muscular thighs by posing in an array of hotpants and a dress. 

Speaking about his hopes for more diversity in the acting industry, he explained:  ‘People need to be f***ing seen. What are you going to do, tell the same stories? Have the same people fronting things for all of eternity? 

‘Representation and inclusivity and branching out… it enriches us all.’

Ncuti – who is set to receive the Modern Pioneer award at the ELLE Style Awards 2023 – also spoke about his experience dealing with racism and battling his internalised hate. 

Wow: Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa discussed the importance of representation and inclusivity as he posed for a striking ELLE cover spread

Striking: The actor, who is set to make history as the first black male Time Lord, looked sensational for the photoshoot, showing off his muscular thighs 

The Rwandan-Scottish star, 30, became a household name when he starred as gay teenager Eric Effiong in the Netflix comedy-drama series Sex Education. 

Speaking about his work on the show, Ncuti explained: ‘It undid a lot of the internalised hate I had. 

‘I’ve experienced racism my whole life, and while I always believed in myself, always knew [racists] were stupid and uneducated, I guess it did misinform my view of how the world works. 

‘It makes you think everyone has that opinion and you’ll constantly have to fight through life – then you learn that you don’t: you can find a tribe, you can find your people.’

He also praised the role itself, noting: ‘Shout out to [screenwriter] Laurie Nunn for giving nuance to this gay, black character and gifting him to the world. He’s so fierce and unashamed. 

‘It was healing for me, and great for people to see themselves represented. It taught me the importance of representation: it’s so powerful and necessary.’ 

Reflecting on his own insecurities, the actor continued: ‘I have so much impostor syndrome. I have so many insecurities. I like to make other people feel happy so there’s less focus on me. 

‘I become this loud figure that’s cracking jokes all the time. It comes across as confidence, but at the heart of it, it’s not. Real confidence is something I have to work on daily.’

Speaking out: Speaking about his hopes for more diversity in the acting industry, he explained, ‘People need to be f***ing seen. What are you going to do, tell the same stories?’

Candid: Ncuti – who is set to receive the Modern Pioneer award at the ELLE Style Awards 2023 – also spoke about his experience dealing with racism and battling his internalised hate

Read all about it: Appearing on one of a suite of covers for ELLE UK’s October issue, Ncuti talks about the power of representation and navigating inner confidence

Most recently Ncuti starred as one of the Kens in the Barbie move and admitted ‘I was so nervous I hardly spoke for the first month [on set]. 

‘There was a time when I was talking to Greta and I turned around and Ryan Gosling was looking at me, and his eyes were so blue that I just… fell over. I just drowned in his eyes.’

As for his experience working on the set of the Greta Gerwig movie, he explained: ‘I noticed that it was also the most kind, empathetic set I’ve ever been on.’

‘We played So Solid Crew and all these old-school garage tunes, then we got to Magic Mike and all screamed our faces off at the incredible dancers. 

‘Then we all went to [London nightclub] The Box… The group chat the next day was lit.’

While Ncuti has yet to make his debut as a Dalek-battling Time Lord he has already raked in almost £1million from his acting career.

The actor was announced as the next Doctor by the show’s screenwriter Russell T Davies last year and has been busy filming for the 2024 series.

He will be the 15th actor to take on the full-time role of the Time Lord in the BBC series when he makes his debut later this year.

On screen: The Rwandan-Scottish star, 30, became a household name when he starred as gay teenager Eric Effiong in the Netflix series Sex Education (pictured with Asa Butterfield) 

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