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The news all Doctor Who fans have been anxiously awaiting was finally revealed last night, when Millie Gibson was confirmed to be the Sci-Fi icon’s latest companion.

The Coronation Street actress will appear as Ruby Sunday in the BBC series, with Ncuti Gatwa joining her as the Fifteenth Doctor at the end of 2023.

At just 18, Millie is the youngest actor to be cast in the role, surpassing a record set by Matthew Waterhouse, who was 19 when he was cast in Doctor Who in the 1980s.

On Millie’s casting, new Doctor Gatwa said: ‘Millie just is the companion. She is full of talent, strength, she has a cheeky sparkle in her eye and is sharp as a razor.

‘From the moment she walked into the room she captured all of our attention with her effervescence and then solidified that attention with the sheer torque of her talent. This adventure is going to be so wild and so fun, I cannot WAIT to sail the universe with Millie!’

The news all Doctor Who fans have been anxiously awaiting was finally revealed last night, when Millie Gibson was confirmed to be the Sci-Fi icon's latest companion

The news all Doctor Who fans have been anxiously awaiting was finally revealed last night, when Millie Gibson was confirmed to be the Sci-Fi icon’s latest companion

The Coronation Street actress will appear as Ruby Sunday in the BBC series, with Ncuti Gatwa joining her as the Fifteenth Doctor at the end of 2023

The Coronation Street actress will appear as Ruby Sunday in the BBC series, with Ncuti Gatwa joining her as the Fifteenth Doctor at the end of 2023

So who is Millie Gibson – and where might you have seen her before?

Millie is best known for her portrayal of teenager Kelly Neelan in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, who she appeared as between 2019 and earlier this year.

Her role won her the Best Young Actor accolade at the British Soap Awards in 2022, with nominations at the National Television Awards and Inside Soap Awards.

But this was far from Millie’s first role. 

The Tameside-born actress first appeared in the CBBC drama Jamie Johnson as Indira Cave between 2017 and 2018. 

At just 18, Millie is the youngest actor to be cast in the role, surpassing a record set by Matthew Waterhouse, who was 19 when he was cast in Doctor Who in the 1980s

At just 18, Millie is the youngest actor to be cast in the role, surpassing a record set by Matthew Waterhouse, who was 19 when he was cast in Doctor Who in the 1980s

Millie Gibson

Millie Gibson

Millie is best known for her portrayal of teenager Kelly Neelan in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, who she appeared as between 2019 and earlier this year

She guest starred in an episode of the BBC show Love, Lies and Records in the same period – a BBC drama which often featured outgoing Doctor Who companion Mandip Gill.

Millie was later featured in the ITV series Butterfly, before taking on the role of Kelly in Coronation Street, and quickly becoming a fan favourite.

Away from the screen, the 18-year-old appears to have a relatively normal home life.

Her role won her the Best Young Actor accolade at the British Soap Awards in 2022, with nominations at the National Television Awards and Inside Soap Awards

Her role won her the Best Young Actor accolade at the British Soap Awards in 2022, with nominations at the National Television Awards and Inside Soap Awards

The Tameside-born actress first appeared in the CBBC drama Jamie Johnson as Indira Cave between 2017 and 2018

The Tameside-born actress first appeared in the CBBC drama Jamie Johnson as Indira Cave between 2017 and 2018

She was born in Greater Manchester in 2004, and is understood to have attended The Blue Coat School in Oldham – a Church of England school established in 1834.

As a child, she took classes at the Oldham Theatre Workshop.

It is here where Millie was reportedly spotted by Manchester Media City talent agency Scream Management, who helped her on her way to her TV career. 

Millie announced her casting in Doctor Who during the 2022 Children in Need fundraiser on BBC One on Friday night. 

She was born in Greater Manchester in 2004, and is understood to have attended The Blue Coat School in Oldham - a Church of England school established in 1834

She was born in Greater Manchester in 2004, and is understood to have attended The Blue Coat School in Oldham – a Church of England school established in 1834 

Millie announced her casting in Doctor Who during the 2022 Children in Need fundraiser on BBC One on Friday night

Millie announced her casting in Doctor Who during the 2022 Children in Need fundraiser on BBC One on Friday night

In a statement, the star said that the role of Ruby Sunday is a ‘dream come true’.

She said: ‘Whilst still being in total disbelief, I am beyond honoured to be cast as the Doctor’s companion.

‘It is a gift of a role, and a dream come true, and I will do everything to try and fill the boots the fellow companions have travelled in before me.’ 

‘This is a dream come true!’ Corrie star Millie Gibson has been announced as the new Doctor Who companion Ruby Sunday. Pictured at the Children in Need fundraiser on Friday

The Doctor's companion is the character who travels or shares adventures with the Doctor, with Millie set to make her debut over the festive season in 2023

The Doctor’s companion is the character who travels or shares adventures with the Doctor, with Millie set to make her debut over the festive season in 2023

‘And what better way to do that than being by the fabulous Ncuti Gatwa’s side, I just can’t wait to get started.’

The Doctor’s companion is the character who travels or shares adventures with the Doctor, with Millie set to make her debut over the festive season in 2023.

Many consider his casting of Millie and Ncuti to be welcoming a new, younger era of the beloved BBC series.

Many consider his casting of Millie and Ncuti to be welcoming a new, younger era of the beloved BBC series

Many consider his casting of Millie and Ncuti to be welcoming a new, younger era of the beloved BBC series

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