The Whoniverse is on the verge of expanding with the Doctor Who spin-off, Class. But who are the cast of this exciting young adult show?
On October 22nd, The Twelfth Doctor will be introducing Whovians everywhere to new talented actors. Coal Hill School, now Academy, tasks teachers and students to keep the school safe and running. No doubt the Time Lord has more important things to do than pose as a caretaker for an eternity!
However, speaking of the new leads appointment, Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi himself has said: “The Doctor Who family is growing. It’s fantastic to be able to welcome the young new cast of Class into the Whoniverse.”
Class is in safe hands in its assemblage of talent. After all, with a Time Lord’s approval of the cast, along with masterful writing from the acclaimed Patrick Ness, the stage is set to showcase new talent.
Greg Austin is a graduate of Arts Educational Schools London. He got his start in the second series of ITV’s ‘Mr Selfridge’. Austin, at twenty-one was tasked with playing fifteen-year-old Gordon Selfridge, son of the titular Henry Selfridge. Furthermore, he has enjoyed guest spots on ‘Law & Order: UK’ and starred in the short film ‘Into the Surf’. Additionally, Austin also fronts his own highly entertaining YouTube gaming channel: ‘EuphAuric’. The channel also features some behind the scenes shenanigans from Class and is well worth a visit. Ultimately, however, ‘Class’ will introduce Austin as Coal Hill sixth form pupil Charlie, and will no doubt thrust him into the mainstream.
Alongside Austin is Sophie Hopkins, playing April. Hopkins explored her passion for performing whilst enrolled at York College, studying Performing Arts and Musical Theatre. She struck out for London to work with Repertory Theatre company Fourth Monkey. Thereafter, Hopkins featured predominantly in short films and documentaries, though appeared in 2016 suspenseful thriller ‘Brackenmore’.
British/Egyptian actor Fady Elsayed will portray Ram. Just like his co-star Greg Austin, Elsayed has also appeared on ‘Law & Order: UK’. Furthermore, Elsayed has appeared on hit shows such as ‘Casualty’ and ‘Penny Dreadful’. He also joined forces with Doctor Who alum Noel Clarke, famous for playing Mickey Smith from 2005-2010, starring in his British film ‘Brotherhood’.
Making the foursome complete is Vivian Oparah. Like many acclaimed actors before her, Oparah was a member of The National Youth Theatre. No doubt ready to show off her training in her ‘Class’ character, Tanya, Oparah’s impressive credentials come from a top institution of acting excellence.
Rounding out the principal cast is Katherine Kelly. Kelly’s career kickstarted with ‘Coronation Street’ (2006-2012), before taking part in acclaimed dramas ‘Mr Selfridge’, ‘Happy Valley’ and ‘The Night Manager’. A seasoned actress, Kelly will no doubt bring years of acting experience to Miss Quill, Coal Hill Academies physics teacher.
These young leads are more than capable actors. After all, they have each followed in the footsteps of acting titans. Casualty, Law & Order: UK and The National Youth Theatre have all been famous beginnings for many successful actors. With Kelly added in the mix, the starring roles look to be firmly secure.
But they are not on their own. Here is what we know about the regular cast members supporting them!
Nigel Betts returns to the fold, reprising the role of Mr Armitage. Whovians will remember that Betts previously appeared in Who episodes from series 8: ‘Into the Dalek’, ‘The Caretaker’ and ‘Dark Water. Betts has also appeared on shows such as ‘Casualty; and ‘Coronation Street’, as well as fan favourite ‘Downton Abbey’.
Pooky Quesnel also steps into Coal Hill as a character named Dorothea. Quesnel has enjoyed mainstream success as recently as BBC One’s drama ‘The A Word’, which starred Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston. Quesnel also starred in Doctor Who’s ‘A Christmas Carol’, as the captain of Amy and Rory’s crashing honeymoon ship. Quesnel, like her peers, has also starred in shows ‘Law & Order: UK’, ‘Casualty’ and ‘The Bill’.
Finishing off the regular credentials is Jordan Renzo. A newcomer on the scene, Renzo has acted in short films ‘Ella’ and ‘Troubled’, as well as UK film ‘Chosen’ in 2016.
The cast as a whole, though not littered with big screen names, is undeniably impressive. The BBC is ushering in new talents that are committed to their craft and have so far made all the right moves in securing stardom. Given what we know now, all signs point toward the thrilling cast having no short supply of class.
When and where to watch
The 8-part series will premiere on BBC Three on Saturday 22nd October. Canadian broadcaster Space will also air the show on the same date. US fans will have to wait till 2017 to watch on BBC America.
Class is directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark, Doctor Who), Produced by Derek Ritchie with Executive Producers Patrick Ness, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. The BBC Studios Wales production is a co-produced with BBC America and BBC Worldwide.