UCLan Grad Flying High in Doctor Who

Gracie Donoghue - Reporter

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has created yet another television star.

UCLan alumna, Mandip Gill, who graduated in 2009 who has been cast as Phoebe McQueen in Hollyoaks, starred in the Channel 4 soup for three and a half years.

In 2017 she featured on ITV in The Good Karma Hospital also but she is now set to appear as a new companion on BBC’s Doctor Who which will add to her already existing list of BBC appearances including dramas such as Casualty and Doctors as well as BBC comedy Cuckoo.

Mandip will be playing a character named Yasmin during the 11th series of the famous show and said: “Certain roles seem unattainable and this is one of those, so much so I didn’t believe it to be true for the first few weeks.”

University Senior Lecturer in acting Terence Chapman expressed how proud UCLan was of this achievement by saying: “There has been so much in the press in recent years about the lack of diversity in the industry and in actor training.

“For 12 years now we have been trying to address that issue. As a young British/Asian women from a working class background, Mandip is a great ambassador for what we are trying to achieve here at UCLan.”

Mandip praised her time at UCLan by saying: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time training on at the University of Central Lancashire.

“The BA (Hons) Acting course was informative, exciting and challenging; setting me up perfectly for industry,” UCLan pride themselves on giving students real life industry experiences and it is great to see yet another former student doing well within their desired career.

Mandip will be on screen alongside The Chase presenter and Coronation Street star Bradley Walsh as well as former Hollyoaks actor Tosin Cole who all will be joing Jodie Whitaker who will be playing the new Doctor.

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