Blogtor Who takes a look at Josh Bowman, one of the guest stars in this week’s episode of Doctor Who, Rosa.
Born in Berkshire in 1988, Josh Bowman turned to acting after being forced out of a promising rugby career due to injury. The younger brother of Hollyoaks actress Scarlett Bowman, he enjoyed early success on British TV, including Genie in the House and a guest stint in the BBC medical drama Holby City.
However, Doctor Who marks something of a homecoming for Bowman. It is in the US where he has firmly established himself as an actor, with his most high-profile roles in American film and television.
Bowman relocated to America early in his acting career, where he studied his craft at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York City. Several roles in US film and TV followed including several appearances in the second season of Make It or Break It, a comedy-drama following the lives of Olympic teen hopefuls.
However, Bowman was launched firmly into the public consciousness with his role in the ABC drama series Revenge. First airing on the network in 2011, Revenge starred Emily VanCamp as Amanda Clarke, who takes on the identity of wealthy socialite Emily Thorne to exact revenge on the Grayson family for her father’s wrongful conviction and subsequent death.
Bowman starred in the series as Daniel Grayson, the eldest son of the Grayson family, who becomes romantically involved with ‘Emily’ unaware of her true aims – a relationship that only grows more complicated as Clarke’s revenge plot progresses…
As well as its strong fan following, Revenge was nominated for numerous awards throughout its run, including two Teen Choice awards for Bowman. Revenge ran for four seasons, before being cancelled by the network in 2015.
Travels In Time
Doctor Who is not Bowman’s first time-hopping adventure. Following his Revenge exit, he took on a starring role in another ABC series, Time After Time, based on the 1979 novel of the same name.
Last year’s sci-fi/period drama saw Bowman take on the role of 19th-century London surgeon John Stevenson, who in the world of Time After Time also leads a secret life as notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper. After stealing a time machine – sound familiar? – Stevenson finds himself in the modern day, but is swiftly pursued by his friend and the time machine’s inventor, H.G Wells (Freddie Stroma).
Sadly, Time After Time did not quite get the opportunity to match the longevity of its fellow time-travel show. ABC pulled the series after only five episodes, citing low ratings, although the full run has fared rather better in other countries such as Spain, Portugal and South Africa.
Bowman On The Big Screen
Although best known for his television work, Bowman has also embarked on a steady film career. His most recent role was in the British thriller Level Up, starring Bowman as Matt – a layabout gamer forced into a real-life high-stakes mission around London when his girlfriend is kidnapped.
Other film projects from Bowman include the horror films 13 Hrs and Prowl, the surrealist Norwegian drama Exteriors, and the British rom-com Love’s Kitchen. Bowman also appeared in romantic fantasy The Last Keepers, as well as action comedy So Undercover, where he played college student Nicholas, the love interest of the film’s lead Miley Cyrus:
Bowman’s next role will be as Dr Josiah in the upcoming TV movie Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story. Christina Ricci stars as the 19th-century undercover journalist Elizabeth Cochran Seaman, who published under the name Nellie Bly.
Escaping the Madhouse fictionalises the real-life events of Seaman’s 1887 stay in an insane asylum, having faked mental illness in order to be institutionalised and report on the mistreatment of patients from the inside.
Unlike fellow guest star Vinette Robinson – who we know will be portraying the iconic civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks – all we know about Bowman’s role in Sunday’s episode is that he will be portraying the mysterious Krasko.
Judging by what appears to be a tense stand-off between him and Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor – not to mention the shot he takes at her and her new friends in the episode’s next time trailer – it certainly seems as though Krasko is up to no good.
And with the TARDIS team attempting to determine whether someone is trying to change history, could Krasko be involved?
Doctor Who Series 11 continues with Rosa on Sunday 21st October, starring Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, Mandip Gill as Yaz, Tosin Cole as Ryan and Bradley Walsh as Graham. Rosa is co-written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall and is directed by Mark Tonderai.