Yasmin Finney wins Rose D’or Emerging Talent Award

Soon-to-be Doctor Who star Yasmin Finney has received the prestigious Rose D’Or Emerging Talent Award for her performance in Netflix series Heartstopper.

The 19-year-old, a trans woman, who will play a character called Rose in the 60th-anniversary episodes of Doctor Who in November 2023, was one of the central characters in Heartstopper. She played Elle Argent in the coming-of-age drama, a character that transfers schools after coming out as transgender.

On receiving her award, Yasmin said: “It means the most to know that the roles that I play not only give representation to a community that has needed it for so long, but it’s being celebrated and rewarded, so thank you guys so much.”

It was announced that Yasmin would be in Doctor Who in May of 2022.

Speaking of joining Doctor Who Yasmin said: “If anyone would have told 8 year old Yasmin that one day she’d be part of this iconic show, I would have never in a million years believed them. This show has a place in so many people’s hearts, so to be seen as a trans actress by the legend himself Russell, has not only made my year, it’s made my life. I cannot wait to begin this journey and for you all to see how Rose blossoms. Get Ready.”

Russell T Davies, showrunner of Doctor Who added: “Life on Doctor Who gets brighter and wilder, how can there be another Rose? You’ll find out in 2023, but it’s an absolute joy to welcome Yasmin to the Doctor Who set. We all fell in love with her in Heartstopper, one of those shows which changes the world – and now Yasmin can change the Whoniverse!”

In a recent interview with Vogue, Yasmin spoke more about the impact her role will have on the show, saying “it will change the world.

She added: “All I can say is, I feel so honoured to be seen by Russell… I remember growing up idolising it [Doctor Who].” In this “very inclusive” iteration, “I’m happy to be the representation on a show that means a lot to so many.”

Yasmin will be returning for a second season of Hearstopper on Netflix, which has already begun filming.

The 60th anniversary Doctor Who specials, which will star David Tennant as the Fifteenth Doctor alongside Catherine Tate as Donna Noble will air in November 2023, with Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson taking over in the TARDIS for season 14 from the festive season onwards.