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Phoebe Waller-Bridge puts an end to Doctor Who speculation

The Fleabag star was linked to the role after Peter Capaldi announced earlier this year (17) that he would be stepping down as the Time Lord after the current season.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is not going to be the first female Doctor Who.

The Fleabag star was linked to the role after Peter Capaldi announced earlier this year (17) that he would be stepping down as the Time Lord after the current season.

His decision led to speculation that a woman could take on the part, with Tilda Swinton, Olivia Colman and Phoebe rumoured to be among the names being considered.

However, as she attended the BAFTA Television Awards in London on Sunday night, Phoebe dismissed the reports, insisting she hasn't been contacted about the sought-after role.

"I am not going to be the first female Doctor," the actress, who was "highly recommended" by former Doctor Who assistant Karen Gillan, told Express.co.uk. "It’s the end of the rumours. Not that I know of!"

Her revelation came just hours after an insider told the Daily Mirror that bosses at the BBC see Phoebe as "perfect fit as a Time Lord and the first female Doctor Who".

However, Phoebe, 31, did confirm that she has a role in the upcoming Han Solo spin-off, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as the Star Wars hero.

"As far as I know, I am in the Star Wars film," she smiled to the outlet. "I thought about making up a ridiculous plot for the film and just telling everyone that was the plot… but I’ve been heavily advised not to do that as well. Poker face it is I’m afraid."

Phoebe went from little-known actress to household name through her role in Fleabag, which saw her take on the part of a woman living in London while trying to come to terms with a tragedy.

But the success of the first series means there is added pressure on Phoebe for a second series, with the actress explaining: "It’s more nerve-racking, definitely, but galvanising because you feel like something is resonating with people and if people relate to this character, it’s exciting to me. There are more journeys for my character to go on for a second one."

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