Bridgerton's Adjoa Andoh discusses working with Russell T Davies
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Adjoa Andoh, 59, gushed about talented screenwriter Russell T Davies, 59, as she spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk at the Pride of Britain awards in October. The Bridgerton actress admitted she might be keen to make a return to the world of Doctor Who now that the It’s A Sin creator is back at the helm.
Russell was responsible for revising the science fiction show back in 2005, and is largely credited with its new-found success today.
The writer, who is taking back the reins from showrunner Chris Chibnall, oversaw both Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant’s time on the BBC show.
During David’s era, Adjoa played the mother of the Doctor’s second companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman).
She turned in a memorable performance as the critical, uptight Francine Jones across seven episodes between 2007 and 2008.
Speaking on the Pride of Britain red carpet about whether she would return to the show, she suggested that she would be keen to make a comeback.
“Russell is a genius,” she said. “Every show I’ve done… I did a show of his called Cucumber for Channel 4 and he’s an absolute genius.
Asked if she would consider reentering the world of Doctor Who, she added: “So if he said to me ‘jump’, I’d just say ‘how high?’
“But I cannot wait to see what he’s going to do this season with the new Doctor and all the new ideas that are coming along.
“I know we’ve got a bit of Mr Tennat,” she added in reference to the 10th Doctor star. “I think it’s going to be really exciting.”
Ncuti Gatwa has been named as the Doctor for the show’s latest season, with Coronation Street’s Millie Gibson set to play new companion Ruby Sunday.
Ncuti, who was announced as Jodie Whittaker’s successor back in May, rose to fame in 2019 when he appeared as Eric Effiong in Netflix’s Sex Education.
The role earned him a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in Television and three BAFTA Television Award nominations for Best Male Comedy Performance.
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Aside from her previous role on Doctor Who, Adjoa is probably best known for portraying the iconic Lady Danbury in Netflix’s Bridgerton.
The character is a senior matron who is close friends with the Queen and considered to be one of the most powerful women in London’s high society.
Adjoa and Golda Rosheuvel, who portrays Queen Charlotte in the show, will also be starring in a new spin-off series called Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.
The show, which will premiere some time next year, will focus on young Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power.
Bridgerton is based on a series of novels by Julia Quinn, all of which take place in Regency era London.
The author has written eight books in total, each of which revolves around a different Bridgerton sibling.
Like the show, the first book entitled The Duke and I focuses on Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), while the second novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, revolves around Anthony (Jonathan Bailey).
The third book is called An Offer from a Gentleman and lends a love story to Benedict (Luke Thompson).
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