Pearl Mackie is an English actress who has made a name for herself in the acting industry for playing the character Bill Potts on the critically acclaimed television series, Doctor Who. While it is not her first role on television, the character marked a turning point in the actress’ life as it is her biggest role to date, and it has brought her widespread fame and attention. Pearl has studied hard, working her bones off to get to the point she is in her career and her efforts are finally paying off big time because critics have branded her as one to watch.
Her character, Bill Potts, has earned a lot of praise for addressing decades-long lack of representation of minorities and LGBTQ communities in the television and film industry. The beloved show, Doctor Who has also been guilty of this, and the writers sought to correct it by casting Pearl to play Bill Potts, a young waitress who becomes the first openly gay traveling companion of the Doctor. Pearl managed to portray her character in an excellent light, earning the respect and admiration of tons of marginalized groups and the audience at large.
Pearl Mackie Bio
Pearl Mackie was born on May 29, 1987, in Brixton, London. She is of mixed ethnicity as her father is West Indian and her mother is English. She is related to the legendary writer Phillip Mackie, who authored the script for The Naked Civil Servant. She had a very comfortable upbringing.
As a young girl, she discovered she had a talent for performance and nursed the dream of becoming a professional actress someday. Despite having a wealth of innate talent, Pearl sought to learn more about her chosen craft by studying Drama at the University of Bristol. While in college, she attended acting workshops, classes, and participated in a great number of extra-curricular performance projects. She also attended Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where she graduated from in 2010. Pearl received a BBC Carleton Hobbs Award nomination for Outstanding Duologues in the school play Noughts & Crosses.
Her professional career began in 2013 when she landed a small role as a house girl in Svengali, a musical comedy which starred Maxine Peak, Matt Berry, Morwenna Banks, and Martin Freeman. This led to a role as Anne-Marie Frasier in the series Doctors. She then went on to play a brilliant computer expert named Mia in the play Crystal Springs, performed at the Park Theatre, London. Pearl Mackie was featured in other plays such as Obama-ology, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime, Hello Kind World, and The Birthday Party.
Pearl’s other notable performances on film and television include Bond, Origami, Horizon Line, The One Show, Room 101, Greed, Urban Myths, Gods of Medicine, and This Morning. She has also featured on the radio in Great Expectations, Proposal, Forest 404, Prepper, Romeo and Juliet, and Adulting. Her performance as Bill Potts in the Doctor Who series earned her a TV Times Award nomination for Favourite Newcomer.
Is She Gay?
There has been a lot of interest surrounding Pearl Mackie’s sexuality. A lot of people have been curious to know if she is gay especially after she played an openly gay character in Doctor Who. She is yet to introduce anyone to the media or public as her partner, so her love life is a mystery to most.
Although she once talked about the first boyfriend she had when she was 15 in an interview, Pearl has since kept a tight lid on her romantic relationships. While her revelation about her young love might suggest that she is straight and exclusively into guys, Pearl is yet to confirm or deny if she is indeed straight or gay.
Pearl is an excellent dancer
The gorgeous actress might be best known for the characters she plays on television, but she also has a blossoming career as a dancer. She has years of experience and training in jazz, ballet, tap, and period dance. As if her array of talents isn’t enough, Pearl also happens to be a magnificent singer.
She has an extensive acting resume on the stage
Lovers of theatre are probably already accustomed to seeing Pearl Mackie embody various characters. She has spent years refining her talent on the stage in several notable theatre productions and she has been showered with praises for her electrifying performances. She also spends time mentoring young actors and teaching them the ropes of the craft.
The Doctor Who actress is multilingual
Pearl is a versatile linguist with a fluent grasp on several languages like English, Spanish, and French. This skill allows her to be able to play all kinds of roles, even those that are written for French and Spanish speakers.
She cried while watching her final Doctor Who episode
Bill Potts made her final appearance in the “Twice Upon a Time” episode of Doctor Who, and it marked the end of Pearl’s role as the Doctor’s companion. Even though she knew the episode was going to be her last, she still couldn’t keep her eyes dry as the scenes unravel.