Pearl Mackie

Pearl Mackie (born 29 May 1987)[2][3] is a British actress, dancer, and singer. She is best known for playing Bill Potts in the long-running television series Doctor Who.[3] Mackie is a 2010 graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Her first major TV role came in 2014, when she played Anne-Marie Frasier in BBC One soap opera Doctors.

Pearl Mackie
Mackie at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987
Brixton, London, England
Alma materUniversity of Bristol
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School[1]
  • Actress
  • dancer
  • singer
Years active2010–present

Early life

Mackie grew up in Brixton in south London and is of paternal West Indian and maternal English descent. She is the granddaughter of Philip Mackie, who wrote the screenplay for The Naked Civil Servant. She earned a degree in Drama from the University of Bristol,[4][5] and speaks English, French and Spanish.[6] During her studies she went to workshops and took part in many extra-curricular plays.

In 2010 she graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.[7] In the same year Mackie was nominated for the BBC Carleton Hobbs Award for outstanding duologues in the school play Noughts & Crosses.[8]


Alongside Martin Freeman, Maxine Peake, Morwenna Banks and Matt Berry, Mackie appeared as a front of house girl in the 2013 music comedy Svengali.[9] In 2014, Mackie played Anne-Marie Frasier in Doctors and the young computer genius Mia in Crystal Springs at the Park Theatre in London.[10][11] She could also be seen in the political satire Obama-ology at the Finborough Theatre in west London, playing Cece and Caits, two young women finding their voice.[12]

In 2015, she performed in the National Theatre's West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.[13] In the same year Mackie appeared in the short film Date Aid by Bond, a satirical public service announcement.[14][15] Mackie has also worked as an acting tutor for Troupers, a company that teaches theatre skills to children and young people.[4]

On 23 April 2016, it was announced that Mackie would be playing Bill Potts, the companion of The Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who.[3][5] It was also announced in March 2017 that Bill would be the first openly gay main companion in the series.[16]

After production on Series 10 of Doctor Who had wrapped, Mackie joined a production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party as Lulu. The production - costarring Stephen Mangan, Toby Jones, and Zoë Wanamaker - opened in January 2018 at London's Harold Pinter Theatre.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
2013SvengaliF.O.H. girl
2015Date AidSarahShort film
2018OrigamiHeatherShort film
TBAHorizon LinePascaleFilming


Year Title Role Notes
2014DoctorsAnne-Marie FrasierSeries 15, Episode 195: "Love Is Blind"
2017Doctor WhoBill Potts13 episodes
2017The One ShowHerselfGuest
2017This Morning
2018Room 101
2018Figures of SpeechNarratorSeries 3, Episode: "The Gates to Freedom"
2018The Crystal Maze Sleeping BeautyGuest, Celebrity Christmas Special
2018Gods of MedicineElsa Powers2 episodes
2019Urban MythsKayDonald Trump and Andy Warhol episode
2019Pops and BranwellPops Popowski (voice)Pilot


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Great Expectations Miss Havisham BBC Radio 4
2013 Romeo and Juliet Juliet
2017 Adulting Charlotte BBC Radio 2
2018 Proposal Lucy BBC Radio 2
2019 Prepper Rachel BBC Radio 4
2019 Forest 404 Pan

Music Video

Year Artist Title Role
2014 Years & Years "Real" Clubber


Year Title Role Notes
2017 The Last Namsara Asha [18]
2019 The Conception of Terror: Tales Inspired by M. R. James Mika Chantry [19]


Year Title Role Theatre Location References
2010 The Comedy of Errors Adriana Circomedia Bristol [20][21]
2010 The Crucible Tituba Theatre Royal Bristol [22]
2012 Only Human Nina Theatre 503 London [23]
2012 Home Woman 1/Pattie Mae The Last Refuge London [24]
2014 Crystal Springs Mia Park Theatre London [25]
2014 Obama-ology Cece Finborough Theatre London [26]
2014 Disnatured: Shakespeare in Shoreditch Regan RIFT Theatre's Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival [27][28]
2014 Hello Kind World The Drayton Arms London [29]
2015 The Helen Project Helen of Troy The Face to Face Festival London [30]
2015 A Mad World, My Masters Truly Kidman Theatre Royal Brighton [31]
2015–16 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Punk Girl/Information Lady & No.40 National Theatre West End London [32]
2018 The Birthday Party Lulu The Harold Pinter Theatre, West End London


BBC Carleton Hobbs Award

  • 2010: Outstanding Duologues (for the BOVTS play Noughts & Crosses, shared with Roddy Peters)[8]

TV Times Award

  • 2017: Favourite Newcomer (for Doctor Who)


  1. "CV" (PDF). Pearl Mackie. 2016.
  2. Izzy Steyger [@izz_xo] (29 May 2014). "Happy birthday to my gorgeous cousin @Pearlie_mack!!!" (Tweet). Retrieved 29 April 2016 via Twitter.
  3. "Doctor Who: Pearl Mackie named as new companion". Entertainment & Arts. BBC News. 23 April 2016.
  4. "Tutors: Pearl Mackie". Archived from the original on 26 April 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  5. Hughes, Sarah (9 April 2017). "Doctor Who's Pearl Mackie: 'When I was little there weren't many people like me on TV'". Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  6. "9 things about new Doctor Who companion Pearl Mackie". BBC. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  7. "Pearl Mackie announced as new Doctor Who companion". The Guardian. 23 April 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  8. "Winners: Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award 2010 Winners". BBC. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  9. "Who is Pearl Mackie? Here's everything you need to know about the new Doctor Who companion before the TARDIS". Digital Spy. 23 April 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  10. Proto, Laura (23 April 2016). "Doctor Who: New companion unveiled as former Doctors actress Pearl Mackie". Evening Standard. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  11. "Crystal Springs – Park Theatre, London". The Reviews 14 August 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  12. Gardner, Lyn (3 December 2014). "New cast for Curious Incident". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  13. Marshal, Charlotte (12 May 2015). "New cast for Curious Incident". Official London Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  14. Purvis, Katherine (10 November 2015). "Date Aid: are charities sending the wrong message?". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  15. "Who's Pearl Mackie? 7 Things We Know About The Actor Playing The Doctor's New Companion". 23 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  16. Mzimba, Lizo (31 March 2017). "Doctor Who gets first openly gay companion". BBC News. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  17. Jones, Paul (2017-09-15). "Pearl Mackie joins Stephen Mangan, Toby Jones and Zoe Wanamaker in first project since Doctor Who". Radio Times. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  20. Vowles, Jacquie. "The Comedy Of Errors, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School at Circomedia". Whats on Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  21. "History". Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  22. "Strong show of extreme controversy". Bristol Post. 15 June 2010. Archived from the original on 24 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  23. "Only Human". Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  24. Knowles, Kieran (2 November 2012). "Only Human". Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  25. Taylor, Paul (11 August 2014). "Crystal Springs, Park Theatre, review: 'Acutely intelligent'". The Independent. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  26. Fisher, Philip. "Theatre review: Obama-ology at Finborough Theatre". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  27. "Plays". Archived from the original on 24 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  28. "Disnatured". Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  29. "Hello Kind World". Skylight Theatre. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  30. Tasker, Amy Clare. "The Helen Project". Archived from the original on 24 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  31. Guest, David (12 March 2015). "Review: A Mad World, My Masters (Theatre Royal, Brighton, until Saturday, March 14)". Mid Sussex Times. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  32. Hoile, Christopher. "Review – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time". Retrieved 23 April 2016.
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