Is Varada Sethu about to replace Millie Gibson as the new Doctor Who companion? (Picture: Getty)
Our beloved BBC sci-fi series is gearing up for its proper comeback after Ncuti Gatwa took over as the 15th Doctor during the recent Christmas specials – after David Tennant reprised his role for the trio of one-hour episodes.
Millie, 19, made her first appearance over the festive period and it was confirmed she would be starring opposite Ncuti as new companion Ruby Tuesday for the entirety of the next season.
Could Millie Gibson be leaving Doctor Who already? (Picture: BBC)
However, sources have now claimed that writer and showrunner Russell T Davies has already made plans to shuffle Ruby out of the show before Ncuti’s second season in The Tardis.
After the speculation surfaced on social media, Ncuti took to Instagram to refer to Millie as ‘my little love’, making his feelings clear about his co-star, who is set to fully step into her role when Doctor Who returns in May.
But who is Varada Sethu? And what other TV shows has she been in?
Who is Varada Sethu?
It’s not yet been confirmed whether she’ll be alongside Ncuti Gatwa full-time (Picture: WireImage)
Varada Sethu is an Indian-born British actress. She was born in Kerala, India, but moved to the northeast of England at a very young age, where she grew up in Benton – an area of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Now 32, Varada Sethu spent her teenage years as a member of the National Youth Theatre, won 2010’s Miss Newcastle competition, and even went on to study veterinary medicine at the University of Bristol.
However, despite studying animal medicine at university, she kept on the path towards acting and began to work properly in TV and film around 2015, when she was in her early 20s.
What TV shows and movies has Varada Sethu been in?
Varada stole the show as part of the acclaimed Star Wars drama Andor (Picture: Disney Plus)
In 2011, Varada Sethu made her big on-screen debut in the role of Kiran in the British thriller film Sket, alongside Skins actress Lily Loveless and So Solid Crew star Ashley Walters, better known as Asher D.
She then starred in a TV adaptation of Midsummer Night’s Dream before landing a role in the sequel to heist movie Now You See Me.
Varada took a little break from the big screen, working on her TV career, including roles in Doctors, New Blood, Doctor Foster, and Strike Back: Revolution.
She then made an appearance in Jurassic World Dominion before becoming known for her role as Cinta Kaz in Andor, the critically acclaimed Star Wars TV show that premiered on Disney Plus in 2022.
In Andor, her character Cinta was in a relationship with Vel Sartha, who was portrayed by actress Faye Marsay, best known for her work as The Waif in Game of Thrones.
Is Varada Sethu married?
The Andor actress keeps her relationship status private (Picture: Getty)
Varada Sethu has kept a lot of her personal life private throughout her career, with very little known about her dating and relationship history.
Looking back through her social media history, Varada has made sure not to post any information concerning romantic relationships she might have had.
Does Varada Sethu have Instagram?
Varada Sethu does have an Instagram page. She currently has 29,000 followers and follows 1,060 people – she has made over 1,000 posts since first setting up her account.
Many of her posts include holiday snaps, promotional photographs for upcoming projects she’s partaking in, and pictures of the many friends she’s made on trips around the world.
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