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Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker reveals battles to make it as actor

Jodie Whittaker
Jodie Whittaker

By Laura Harding

Jodie Whittaker has said she was asked to change her appearance, including filling out a line on her forehead, when she was starting out in acting.

The Doctor Who star said she is glad she was not impressionable when she was younger, so did not make a decision she might have come to regret.

Talking about her "deep frown line" on David Tennant's podcast, Whittaker, said: "I wouldn't change it for the world and there are a lot of episodes where you're squinting and I think if I didn't have that frown line you wouldn't know it was sunny."

Asked if she would ever do anything about it, she replied: "Would I heck! It's not even vanity and I'm too young.

"I also think it's an undeniable pressure on humanity at the moment to look your best a lot of the time and I'm lucky that my journey through the world of acting has been about screwing my face up and nagging my eyes out.

"I think I was doing a camera test for something and someone said (of her forehead line) 'It is very deep'."

She continued: "I don't care, but I think 'Thank f*** I wasn't really impressionable.

"I've never been asked to lose weight, maybe because I've always been a beanpole but I know that happens.

"I got asked to get my 'tache waxed and I didn't know I had one. It was translated to me in Hungarian, it was so funny.

"I said I would probably be allergic to the wax. I said 'Sorry you will just have to colour it in'."

Whittaker said she was discouraged from acting by her school careers adviser, but credits her parents for encouraging her.

She said: "My careers adviser at school, whoever that person was who I met for three hours, they said it was a ridiculous notion, in so much as it wasn't secure. Nine out of 10 don't make it.

"But I'm 15, shut up! I went home and my mum was furious."

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