Ncuti Gatwa is officially a part of our rainbow family.
“I remember being at Manchester Pride, going through the streets with all my boys, shaking my cha-chas, living it up when I saw this woman who looked exactly like my auntie,” Gatwa remembered. “We were holding hands, and she said to me, ‘I don’t really know why I’m here. I’m just here.’ I told her, ‘Honey, you don’t need to know. You absolutely. Do not. Need. To. Know. You’re here. Be proud of who you are.’”
“I had never met another queer Rwandan person before,” Gatwa recalled. “I thought I was the only one in the world.”
We love a casual coming out! In the past Gatwa has declined to discuss his sexuality despite speculation by fans who had introduced him as proud gay teen Eric on Sex Education. Unlike Eric Gatwa preferred to keep his private life, just that, private. However, it was in playing Eric that he came to realize how important representation really is. it’s so powerful and necessary,” he told Elle.
While Sex Education will be returning for its fourth and final season soon Gatwa has moved on and is making television history as the first Black, gay Dr. Who on well, Dr. Who.
“What are you going to do, tell the same stories? Have the same people fronting things for all of eternity?” Gatwa told the magazine of those who have criticized his roles or accused them of “box-ticking” for marginalized communities. “You people with your tiny mindsets — open a book, look out the window, and then fuck off.”
We are so delighted that Gatwa is officially out! And we can’t wait to see his turn as the timelord alongside an incredibly queer cast that includes Jonathan Groff, Neal Patrick Harris, Yasmin Finney, and the always divine Jinkx Monsoon.