Ahead of his appearance in upcoming New Year’s Day special ‘Revolution of the Daleks‘, Blogtor Who takes a look at guest star Nathan Stewart-Jarrett‘s career so far
Long-awaited festive special ‘Revolution of the Daleks’ will see actor Nathan Stewart-Jarrett enter the Doctor Who universe for the first time, as he takes on the role of Leo Rugazzi, who has been described by Doctor Who Magazine as “a nervous young scientist”. He’ll appear alongside returning guest star Chris Noth, who’ll be reprising his role as disgraced American businessman Jack Robertson, as last seen in 2018’s ‘Arachnids in the UK’. Stewart-Jarrett will also be joined by Dame Harriet Walter, who stars as Prime Minister Jo Patterson.
Thanks to his numerous starring roles in various British television dramas, as well as in both radio and stage plays, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett will be a recognisable face (and voice) for many viewers. But where exactly might you have seen him before?
Arguably Stewart-Jarrett‘s most well-known role to date has been in E4‘s hit sci-fi comedy-drama Misfits. This award-winning sci-fi comedy drama spanned five series, airing between 2009 and 2013, and followed a group of five young offenders carrying out community service who obtain superpowers following a freak electrical storm.
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett was the longest-serving member of Misfits‘ original main cast, as he starred for four series as Curtis Donovan, an aspiring Olympic athlete whose career was cut short when he was caught in possession of an illegal substance. Following a lightning strike, he gains the power to manipulate time.
Stewart-Jarrett starred alongside several now-highly recognisable actors, including Robert Sheehan, who currently plays Klaus Hargreeves in Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy. Also among Misfits‘ principal cast were Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones‘ Ramsey Bolton) and Joseph Gilgun (Preacher, This Is England, Pride).
Viewers will also likely recognise Nathan Stewart-Jarrett thanks to his starring role in another Channel 4 drama – Utopia. This black comedy conspiracy thriller originally aired between 2013 and 2014, with an American adaptation having been released just this year on Amazon Prime Video.
The original series in which Stewart-Jarrett starred followed a group of comic-book fans who believe that a graphic novel entitled ‘The Utopia Experiments’ has prophesied several major epidemics. Stewart-Jarrett‘s character Ian Johnson, an IT consultant who still lives with his mum, formed part of this main group of four. They track down the novel’s unpublished sequel in the hope of uncovering further predictions, but soon find themselves the targets of a secret organisation known as The Network.
The Trial of Christine Keeler
More recently, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett has already appeared in two major BBC One dramas beside Doctor Who, both of which aired earlier this year. The first was The Trial of Christine Keeler, which dramatized the events surrounding the Profumo affair, a British political scandal that originated in 1961.
Stewart-Jarrett portrayed a fictionalised version of Johnny Edgecombe, a jazz promoter whose connection to Christine Keeler inadvertently alerted the authorities to the Profumo affair.
Stewart-Jarrett also appeared on BBC One earlier this year in Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat‘s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s iconic novel Dracula. He played the role of Adisa, valet to the ambitious Lord Ruthven.
He starred alongside several familiar faces from the world of Doctor Who, not least former writer and guest star Mark Gatiss as Frank Renfield, as well as the Doctor’s best enemy himself, Sacha Dhawan, who appeared in Dracula as Doctor Sharma just one day after his surprise debut as the Master in Series 12 opener ‘Spyfall Part 1’.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Another of Nathan Stewart-Jarrett‘s most recent and recognisable roles was in 2019’s American adaptation of Four Weddings and a Funeral. This ten-part Hulu series was of course based on Richard Curtis’ iconic 1994 romantic comedy of the same name, which follows Charles (Hugh Grant) and his group of friends and their love lives as they attend each of these events.
Stewart-Jarrett starred as Tony, assistant to Ainsley (Rebecca Rittenhouse), an interior designer and one of the central four American friends who reunite in London for a wedding.
As well as his numerous television roles, viewers may also recognise Nathan Stewart-Jarrett thanks to his off-screen performances. One such performance is his leading role in BBC Radio 4‘s 2017 adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s novel Anansi Boys. This novel is itself a spin-off of sorts from his earlier novel American Gods, with each of these stories featuring the character of Mr Nancy, an incarnation of West African trickster god Anansi.
In this six-part radio adaptation of Gaiman’s novel, Stewart-Jarrett took on the role of Spider, the long-lost brother of the story’s hero, Charles Nancy (Jacob Anderson). He starred alongside several fellow former Doctor Who guest stars, including Lenny Henry (aka ‘Spyfall’s Daniel Barton), who portrayed Anansi himself. Anansi Boys also featured Doctor Who alumni such as Adjoa Andoh, Earl Cameron, and Julie Hesmondhalgh.
On Stage: The History Boys and Angels in America
Elsewhere, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett has earned several starring roles in stage productions across these career. One of his earlier roles was in the debut West End run of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys from 2007 to 2008. In this production, he played Crowther, one of the play’s main cast of grammar school pupils preparing for their Oxford and Cambridge entrance exams.
Stewart-Jarrett‘s role was originally played both on stage and in the film adaptation by Samuel Anderson, who Doctor Who fans will remember as Clara Oswald’s boyfriend, Danny Pink. The remainder of The History Boys‘ original cast also featured several other actors who would go on to star in Doctor Who‘s revived series, including Sacha Dhawan, Russell Tovey, and James Corden.
More recently, Stewart-Jarrett starred in the National Theatre’s production of Angels in America both during its original 2017 run in London, and in its 2018 Broadway transfer at the Neil Simon Theatre. He took on the role of former drag queen Belize in this play which examines the experience of AIDS and homosexuality in 1980s America.
Revolution of the Daleks
At this moment in time, we know very little about Nathan Stewart-Jarrett‘s role as “nervous young scientist” Leo Rugazzi in the upcoming New Year’s Day special. The recent trailer for ‘Revolution of the Daleks‘ suggests that Leo is working closely with Jack Robertson (Chris Noth) and Prime Minister Jo Patterson (Harriet Walter) on her new “defence drones”. Will he turn out to be on the Daleks’ side, or will his involvement with them lead to his untimely end? We’ll have to wait until the New Year to find out…
‘Revolution of the Daleks‘ will air on New Year’s Day 2021 on BBC One and BBC America.
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