Yasmin Finney is joining the cast of Doctor Who as the character Rose in the new series airing on BBC One in 2023.


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The 18-year-old transgender actress rose to fame portraying Elle Argent in Netflix’s Heartstopper where she has been captivating audiences with her performance.

Days after the announcement that Ncuti Gatwa would be the first Black actor to portray the Time Lord, the BBC has shared the news that Yasmin would be joining the cast of Doctor Who playing the character of Rose, a role that was first portrayed by Billie Piper in 2005.


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Yasmin’s rise to stardom can be traced back to her popular TikTok videos in 2021 which documented her experiences as a Black British transgender teenager. She secured the role in Heartstopper shortly after, for which she has received rave reviews across the globe.

Speaking of joining Doctor Who Yasmin says: “If anyone would have told eight-year-old Yasmin that one day she’d be part of this iconic show, I would have never in a million years believed them. This show has a place in so many people’s hearts, so to be seen as a trans actress by the legend himself Russell, has not only made my year, it’s made my life. I cannot wait to begin this journey and for you all to see how Rose blossoms. Get Ready.”

Dr Who Showrunner Russell T Davies, said: “Life on Doctor Who gets brighter and wilder, how can there be another Rose? You’ll find out in 2023, but it’s an absolute joy to welcome Yasmin to the Doctor Who set. We all fell in love with her in Heartstopper, one of those shows which changes the world – and now Yasmin can change the Whoniverse!”

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