For the mid­wives

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Talk Tv - IM­PRES­SIVE FIND­ING HIS VOICE

Mandip as Yaz Doc­tor Who new­comer Mandip Gill has opened up about be­ing racially abused as a kid.

The ac­tress, 30, has been im­press­ing fans in the BBC show as com­pan­ion Yaz op­po­site 13th Doc­tor, Jodie Whit­taker.

But she told how her fam­ily were tar­geted while liv­ing on a Leeds coun­cil es­tate in the 90s – and how it left her fear­ing fur­ther at­tacks.

“You would see the same peo­ple be­ing re­ally racist to my dad and then my dad would be hav­ing fights,” said Mandip. “It was a con­stant worry grow­ing up, like loud noises would make me quickly go to the win­dow so I could see what was hap­pen­ing out­side.

“We then moved to a nice area but I took my old life with me and I used to look out the win­dow and then I’d be like, ‘Oh, we’re in a cul-de-sac, this don’t hap­pen here.’

“When I got to uni, my friends said, ‘Why do you look out the win­dow?’ I was like, ‘I don’t know, I’m just nosey.’ But it was be­cause I had to make sure I knew what was hap­pen­ing and keep an eye on it.”

Lee Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent win­ner Lost Voice Guy has landed his first TV job, bag­ging a role in up­com­ing BBC com­edy Jerk.

Also known as Lee Ri­d­ley, he stars along­side Tim Renkow, who plays a dis­abled man who is quite the jerk, and The So­pra­nos’ Lor­raine Bracco.

Lee is an artist who is in com­pe­ti­tion with Tim.

The se­ries starts next year.

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