Ahead of her appearance in this week’s episode of Doctor WhoBlogtorWho explores actress Lili Miller‘s career so far

This Sunday’s episode of Doctor Who, ‘The Haunting of Villa Diodati‘, will see the Doctor and co journey to the titular Villa Diodati at Lake Geneva in 1816, on the night that inspired Mary Shelley (then known as Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin) to begin writing her now classic novel Frankenstein.

Doctor Who - S12E08- The Haunting of Villa Diodati - Tosin Cole as Ryan, Mandip Gill as Yaz, Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, Bradley Walsh as Graham - Photo Credit: Ben Blackall/BBC Studios/BBC America
Doctor Who – S12E08- The Haunting of Villa Diodati – Tosin Cole as Ryan, Mandip Gill as Yaz, Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, Bradley Walsh as Graham – Photo Credit: Ben Blackall/BBC Studios/BBC America

Lili Miller is set to star as the famous author herself in her highest-profile role to date. A recent graduate from LAMDA, Miller may not yet be immediately recognisable to Doctor Who viewers. Nevertheless, her imminent starring role as Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, as well as her other upcoming projects, will no doubt see her become a familiar face on our screens in the near future.

Lili Miller on Stage

Miller is no stranger to treading the boards, appearing in a number of stage productions even before attending LAMDA. Several of her earliest theatre roles saw her perform in association with numerous venues and groups connected to the University of Cambridge. In 2014, she starred as Carolyn Addison in the ADC Theatre’s production of Blue Stockings, which follows four female undergraduates studying at Girton College, Cambridge in 1896.

Following this, 2015 saw Miller star in the Marlowe Society’s production of Shakespeare’s Henry V as Alice, lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Valois. In the same year, she starred in Cambridge’s Pembroke Players’ production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors on its Japanese tour.

During her time at LAMDA, Lili Miller continued to feature in a wide variety of stage productions. 2017 saw her star in the leading role of Juliet Capulet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In the same year, she portrayed Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina in Chekov’s The Seagull, as well as Millament in William Congreve’s eighteenth-century play The Way of the World.

In 2018, Miller took on further roles in productions of both classic and more modern plays at LAMDA. For example, she played Bertha in the school’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, as well as Edith in their production of Sam Holcroft’s dark comedy Rules for Living.

After graduating from LAMDA, Lili Miller has gone on to star in York Theatre Royal’s recent production of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge as Catherine.

Lili Miller on Screen

As well as establishing herself as an accomplished theatre actor, Miller has also lent her talents to several short films in recent years. She has starred as the titular character in short film Miss Edison, directed by Matthew Lee, and as Alice in 2018 short film Schlaf Nicht whilst attending LAMDA, which is available to watch in full on YouTube:

Gangs of London (2020)

As well as her upcoming role in this week’s episode of Doctor WhoLili Miller is set to appear on our screens again later this year as an as yet unnamed character in Gangs of London, which will air on Sky Atlantic in the UK, and on Cinemax in the US.

Created by Gareth Evans (The Raid) and Matt Flannery, the series will depict the aftermath of the assassination of Finn Wallace (Colm Meaney), the head of a criminal organisation. The sudden power vacuum created by Wallace’s death threatens the fragile peace between the intricate web of gangs operating across the city, as his impulsive and volatile grieving son Sean (Joe Cole) seeks to restore control and find those responsible for his father’s death.

The Haunting of Villa Diodati

Doctor Who - S12E08- The Haunting of Villa Diodati - Mandip Gill as Yaz, Lili Miller as Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Jacob Collins-Levy as Lord Byron - Photo Credit: James Pardon/BBC Studios/BBC America
Doctor Who – S12E08- The Haunting of Villa Diodati – Mandip Gill as Yaz, Lili Miller as Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Jacob Collins-Levy as Lord Byron – Photo Credit: James Pardon/BBC Studios/BBC America

This Sunday will see Lili Miller bring Gothic novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (better known as Mary Shelley) to life, and explore the events which inspired her to write her now classic novel Frankenstein.

She’s set to join a long and star-studded line of Doctor Who guest stars who have portrayed famous authors in the show, including Simon Callow (Charles Dickens, The Unquiet Dead), Fenella Woolgar (Agatha Christie, The Unicorn and the Wasp), and Dean Lennox Kelly (William Shakespeare, The Shakespeare Code).

We’ll just have to wait and see how the Doctor, Yaz, Graham, and Ryan might have helped to inspire her writing!

Doctor Who continues this Sunday 16th February with ‘The Haunting of Villa Diodati‘ on BBC One and BBC America.

Doctor Who - S12E08- The Haunting of Villa Diodati - Maxim Baldry as Dr John Polidori, Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, Mandip Gill as Yaz, Lili Miller as Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Nadia Parkes as Claire Clairmont - Photo Credit: Ben Blackall/BBC Studios/BBC America
Doctor Who – S12E08- The Haunting of Villa Diodati – Maxim Baldry as Dr John Polidori, Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, Mandip Gill as Yaz, Lili Miller as Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Nadia Parkes as Claire Clairmont – Photo Credit: Ben Blackall/BBC Studios/BBC America

‘Nobody mention Frankenstein. Nobody interfere. Nobody snog Byron.’ Should be easy, right?

The Doctor and her gang arrive at the Villa Diodati at Lake Geneva in 1816 on the night that inspired Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The plan is to spend the evening soaking up the atmos in the presence of some literary greats, but the ghosts are all too real, and the Doctor is forced into a decision of earth-shattering proportions.

Written by Maxine Alderton, and directed by Emma Sullivan. Guest-starring Lili Miller, Jacob Collins-Levy, Lewis Rainer, and Maxim Baldry.

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