Who is Pearl Mackie? Well if you don’t know, she played the latest companion in Doctor Who. Pearl is from Brixton in London.  She was a relatively unknown actress before getting the role of the feisty Bill Potts, but this was not Pearl’s first onscreen gig, was also in an episode of the BBC 1 soap drama Doctors and played Anne-Marie Frasier in 2014.  She also has not been shy of acting alongside big-name stars and she appeared in the Svengali alongside Martin Freeman, Maxine Peake, Morwenna Banks and Matt Berry. As well as gracing both stage and screen, Pearl has also appeared in the music video for award winning UK band Years and Years alongside Bond Star Ben Whishaw.

Before going into TV, Pearl could be seen acting in London and graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre school and has credits in several plays that include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the National Theatre West End, Obama-ology in the Finborough Theatre in London to name a few.  Pearl also has a fantastic singing voice and there is a clip flying around the internet of her singing Lady is a Tramp, and is a major Prince fan.

Pearl’s character Bill was a fan favourite, she was openly welcomed by the LGBT+ community, recently winning a Pink News award for Doctor Who’s LGBT storylines and for her performance as the first openly gay companion.  The best move was that both Showrunner Steven Moffat and Pearl did not make it a big thing.  I remember my twitter feed exploded during that episode.  Pearl even said that she would have not agreed with the writers if they made Bill being lesbian a big thing.  Bill is a character who just fancied a girl.  For many Bill Potts became a role model to many children and adults alike.

As the Whoniverse knows, Pearl will sadly be hanging up her fabulous jacket this Christmas alongside departing Doctor Peter Capaldi. So, fans will have one last chance to see Bill before she leaves the TARDIS for good. However, we suspect and hope this won’t be the last time we see both Bill and Pearl!

John Bond-Winstone


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