Mandip Gill

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Gill at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Mandip Kaur Gill

(1988-01-05) 5 January 1988 (age 33)
Alma materUniversity of Central Lancashire
Years active2009–present
Known forHollyoaks
Doctor Who

Mandip Kaur Gill (born 5 January 1988) is an English actress. Her first television role came in 2012 when she was cast as Phoebe McQueen in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. After departing the series in 2015, Gill went on to have guest roles in Cuckoo, Doctors, The Good Karma Hospital and Casualty. In October 2017, the BBC announced that Gill had been cast as companion Yasmin Khan in the 2018 series of Doctor Who, and has since appeared in every episode of series 11 and 12.

Early life[edit]

Gill was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire,[1] on 5 January 1988.[2][3] She is of Indian descent,[4] and is a Sikh.[5] Growing up in a council estate in the suburb of Middleton, where her parents owned a newsagents, she attended a primary school in the area before enrolling in Cockburn School. At fourteen, her family moved to Allerton Bywater, where she attended Brigshaw High School.[6] She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Acting.[7] She attended Park Lane College where she studied Performing Arts.


Gill appeared in several theatre productions, before landing her first television role as Phoebe Jackson (later McQueen) in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks.[8][9] Gill had attended a number of auditions for the soap in the past, and she was unsure if the character of Phoebe was right for her, but after a number of callbacks, Gill was given the role.[8] Phoebe was introduced as a homeless teenager and a friend for established character George Smith (Steven Roberts).[9] Gill chose to leave the show in 2015 and Phoebe was killed off as part of the long-running "Gloved Hand Killer" storyline.[10] The following year, Gill had a guest role in the BBC sitcom series Cuckoo,[10] before appearing in Doctors for a five episode arc. Gill played Shazia Amin, a pregnant homeless woman.[11] In 2017, Gill appeared in The Good Karma Hospital,[12][13] and an episode of Casualty.[14] She also stars in Kay Mellor's BBC drama Love, Lies and Records as Talia, a junior registrar.[12]

In October 2017, the BBC announced that Gill had been cast in the eleventh series of Doctor Who, as a companion to the Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, starting in 2018.[15] Gill was joined by her former Hollyoaks colleague Tosin Cole, who plays Ryan Sinclair, another of the Doctor's companions.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2019 The Flood Reema
2020 Five Dates Shaina


Year Title Role Notes
2012–2015 Hollyoaks Phoebe McQueen Series regular; 242 episodes
2016 Cuckoo Lauren Episode: "The Holiday"
Doctors Shazia Amin Recurring role
2017 The Good Karma Hospital Padma Kholi 2 episodes
Casualty Nasreen Mahsud Episode: "Swift Vengeance Waits"
Love, Lies and Records Talia All 6 episodes
2018–present Doctor Who Yasmin Khan Main role (series 11–present)
TBA Suspicion Yasmin TV series; in production

Short films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Rwd/Fwd Charlie
2021 On Air Megan


  1. ^ Johnson, Kristian (7 October 2018). "Everything you need to know about the Doctor Who companion from Leeds". Leeds Live. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  2. ^ McEwan, Cameron (23 October 2017). "Doctor Who series 11: Everything you need to know about new companion Mandip Gill". Digitalspy. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  4. ^ "British Indian Actress Mandip Gill Stars on Sci-fi Drama 'Doctor Who'". India West. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  5. ^ Dray, Kayleigh. "Doctor Who's Mandip Gill recalls the moment she was asked to lose her Northern accent". Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Doctor who star Mandip Gill explains why she will never take education for granted". Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  7. ^ "BA (Hons) Acting Graduates". University of Central Lancashire. Archived from the original on 17 September 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  8. ^ a b Amrit (2014). "Exclusive Interview with Hollyoak's Phoebe McQueen – Mandip Gill". Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  9. ^ a b Kilkelly, Daniel (11 January 2012). "'Hollyoaks' newcomer teases Phoebe role, squatting plot". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  10. ^ a b Kilkelly, Daniel (9 May 2016). "Mandip Gill reveals all the gossip on her Doctors role and why she quit Hollyoaks". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  11. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (29 April 2016). "Hollyoaks star Mandip Gill lands gritty new guest role in Doctors". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  12. ^ a b James, Alison (12–25 August 2017). "The Ex Factor". Soaplife (413): 45.
  13. ^ Seale, Jack. "The Good Karma Hospital Series 1 – Episode 2". Radio Times. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Swift Vengeance Waits". BBC. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Doctor Who: Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Sharon D Clarke join Jodie Whittaker as regular cast members". Radio Times. 22 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.

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