Who is Pearl Mackie?

An in depth look into who the actress behind the Doctor’s new Companion – Bill Potts really is.


As The Doctor’s return is soon approaching we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at who will be joining him on his adventures in Series 10.  After the departure of Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman) in the Series 9 episode ‘Hell Bent‘, The Doctor will be joined by a new companion in Series 10 – Bill Potts.

Bill Potts was first revealed to us as the new companion on Saturday the 23rd of April 2016 in a short clip featuring Bill and The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) running away from a Dalek on a Space Ship.

Pearl Mackie’s introduction to Doctor Who in a short clip on the 23/04/2016

The Doctor: “We need to get Back”

Bill: “Back Where?”

The Doctor: “Back to the future.  2017 needs us!”

So now the time has come, almost 1 year after it was revealed that Bill would be joining The Doctor, in what will be Peter Capaldi’s final series, to take a look at the actress behind the character of the new companion.

So who is Pearl Mackie?

Pearl Mackie was born on the 29th of May 1987 in Brixton, London, England to a West Indian paternal side and an English mother.  Her first acting role was as Nancy in her schools production of Oliver Twist.

                                                       A young Pearl Mackie (Instagram: @therealpearlmackie)

She then went on to attend the University of Bristol and graduated with a degree in drama.  She also learnt how to speak French and Spanish alongside her mother tongue of English.  Following university she attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School  and graduated in 2010.  Fellow alumni from the school include Olivia Colman and Annette Crosbie, both of whom appeared in the Series 5 Episode ‘The Eleventh Hour‘ (Olivia Colman as a Mother and Annette Crosbie as Mrs Angelo)

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                                   Annette Crosbie (Left) and Olivia Colman (Right) in the Series 5 Episode ‘The Eleventh Hour’



Before her film debut she was part of 4 theatre productions (The Comedy of Errors, The Crucible, Only Human and Home).  In 2013 she made her debut in the music comedy ‘Svengali‘ alongside Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hobbit), Maxine Peake (Dinnerladies, The Theory of Everything) and Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh).  She played a front of house girl .

A year later she made her television debut in the BBC Medical Soap Opera ‘Doctors‘ as the character Anne-Marie Fraiser.  After her TV appearance she returned to the theatre and featured in 7 productions including – Obama-ology, A Mad World, My Masters and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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                                        Pearl Mackie in ‘Obama-ology

In 2016 it was announced that she would be joining The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) in Series 10 of ‘Doctor Who’.  

Her character is a young 21st century woman.  Pearl Mackie described her character as “Wicked and Cool

It was also revealed that Bill Potts will be the first openly gay Companion in an interview with Pearl Mackie.

“Yeah Bills gay… and it shouldn’t be a big deal in the 21st century really.  I am just playing one character… I’m not here to represent everyone of colour, and I’m not here to represent everyone who is gay.  I’m just here to play the part as truthfully as possible.  People are gay, People are black.  There are also aliens in the world so you know watch out for them.”  – Pearl Mackie

Although there has been speculation and rumours that Mackie would be leaving the show after just 1 series along with Peter Capaldi before new showrunner Chris Chibnall takes over from current showrunner Steven Moffat the BBC have been playing down some of the rumours.

We are still filming series 10 and no casting decisions have yet been made on series 11.  We never reveal the fate of individual characters on the show. Viewers will have to tune in to find out. – BBC Spokesperson

With only a week to go before Series 10 we are excited to see Pearl Mackie become the newest companion, and hope that Series 10 is the best series for The Twelfth Doctor, and is a good send off for Peter Capaldi.  Although it will be sad to see him go, we welcome the new changes and can’t wait to see whats in stall for us in the Chibnall era.