Ncuti Gatwa

Last updated on the 28 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Mini Biography

Born: 15 October 1992, Nyarugenge, Kigali, Rwanda. 

Ncuti Gatwa’s early life was marked by displacement and resilience. In 1994, when he was two years old, his family fled the Rwandan genocide, seeking refuge in Scotland. Growing up in Edinburgh and Dunfermline, Gatwa developed a passion for the arts, finding solace and expression in theatre and storytelling.

After completing his secondary education at Boroughmuir High School and Dunfermline High School, Ncuti Gatwa embarked on a rigorous journey of self-discovery and artistic growth. He enrolled at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he developed his craft under the guidance of renowned mentors. In 2013, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting, ready to embark on his professional career.

Ncuti Gatwa’s stage debut came in 2014 when he portrayed Mercutio in a production of Romeo and Juliet at HOME, earning him a nomination for the prestigious Ian Charleson Award. This recognition marked the beginning of his ascent in the entertainment industry.

In 2018, Gatwa’s breakthrough role arrived when he was cast as Eric Effiong in the Netflix comedy series “Sex Education.” His portrayal of the flamboyant, confident, and unapologetically queer Eric resonated with audiences worldwide, garnering him critical acclaim and numerous accolades. His performance earned him a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in Television and three BAFTA Television Award nominations for Best Male Comedy Performance.

Ncuti Gatwa’s star continued to rise as he appeared in other high-profile projects, including “The Last Letter from Your Lover,” “Doctor Who,” and the upcoming live-action film adaptation of “Barbie.” His versatility and charisma have established him as one of the most sought-after actors of his generation.

Beyond his professional achievements, Gatwa is also known for his activism and advocacy for diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry. He has spoken openly about his experiences as a Black, queer actor and the importance of representation on screen. His leadership and visibility have inspired countless young people to pursue their dreams and celebrate their identity.

 

Suggested viewing

 

Sex Education (2019)

Sex Education poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.3

In the quaint town of Moordale, Otis Milburn, a socially awkward teenager with a sex therapist for a mother, faces the daunting challenges of adolescence. With the help of his sharp-witted classmate Maeve Wiley, Otis establishes an underground sex therapy clinic, unknowingly embarking on a journey of personal growth and self-discovery.

Top cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Aimee Lou Wood, Tanya Reynolds.

 

Doctor Who (1963)

Doctor Who, Millie Gibson and Ncuti Gatwa poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.6

An enigmatic Time Lord, the Doctor, embarks on extraordinary journeys through space and time, accompanied by a series of steadfast companions aboard their trusty time machine, the TARDIS, perpetually disguised as a British police box. With their boundless curiosity and unwavering sense of justice, they face a myriad of perilous challenges, encountering both benevolent and malevolent beings from across the cosmos.

Top cast: Ncuti Gatwa, Millie Gibson, Davina McCall Lukas DiSparrow, Anita Dobson, Andy Francis, Michelle Greenidge, Bonnie Langford, Giuseppe Lentini, Jinkx Monsoon, Angela Wynter, Indira Varma, Lenny Rush, Jonathan Groff.

 

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