Mandip Gill is a British actress, who has worked in many TV shows, films, and short films. She is well known for playing the role of Yasmin Khan from 2018 to 2022 in the sci-fi TV show ‘Doctor Who.’ In 2016, she worked in two other television sitcoms titled ‘Cuckoo’ and ‘Doctors’ in which she played the characters of Lauren and Shazia Amin, respectively.
Mandip Kaur Gill was born on Tuesday, 5 January 1988 (age 34 years; as of 2022) in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn. She spent her childhood in the suburban region of Middleton in West Yorkshire. After completing her primary education, she enrolled in Cockburn School to complete her secondary education. She moved to a semi-rural village called Allerton Bywater with her family at the age of 14, where she enrolled in Brigshaw High School. In 2009, she did BA (Hons) in Acting at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England. Later, she studied performing arts at Park Lane College in Leeds, England.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Weight (approx.): 60 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Figure Measurements (approx.): 35-28-35
Mandip Gill belongs to a Sikh family in Punjab, India. She spent her childhood on the estate where her parents owned newsagents.
Parents & Siblings
Mandip has six siblings, five sisters and one brother.
She debuted as an actor in the soap opera ‘Hollyoaks’ in 2012. In 2017, she played the role of Padma Kholi in two episodes of the drama series ‘The Good Karma Hospital.’ In the same year, she was offered the role of a supporting character in two drama series titled ‘Casualty’ and ‘Love, Lies and Records.’ She rose to fame when she was cast to play the main character of companion Yasmin Khan in the television programme ‘Doctor Who.’ Her latest show is a thriller TV series ‘Suspicion,’ which premiered on 4 February 2022 in which she played the role of Sonia Chopra.
She has done two short films. In 2016, she worked in an award-winning drama short film ‘Rwd/Fwd,’ which was directed by Teddy Nygh. She played the character of Megan in the 2021 thriller short film ‘On Air.’
Mandip landed her first acting role in the 2019 film named ‘Flood.’ In 2020, she played the role of Shaina in the film ‘Five Dates,’ which was directed by Paul Raschid.
In 2022, she worked in a thriller theatre play titled ‘2:22 A Ghost Story’ directed by Danny Robins. She played the character of Jenny. The play won a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play.
Criticising Netflix’s ‘Indian Matchmaking’ show
In 2020, Netflix launched a reality show called ‘Indian Matchmaking,’ which was based on arranged marriages. After watching the show, many people criticised it for supporting colourism and racism. Mandip was one of those people who criticized the show. She took to Twitter and wrote,
#IndianMatchmaking stressed me out within the first 60 seconds. No lie.”
In another tweet, she added,
She said you’ll come to see her fair skin. I’m done!!! Get outta here with your flipping s**t show!”
- Podcast: Happy Place by Fearne Cotton
- Book: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
- In an interview, she shared that for a short period of time, she thought about becoming a police officer; however, she dropped the idea because according to her, she didn’t have the skill set required to become a police officer.
- When she started searching for work in the acting industry, she auditioned for two years constantly but could not pass any audition, following which she started thinking that she should give up the idea of making a career in acting. In 2012, she got her first acting role in the TV show ‘Hollyoaks.’
- Mandip worked in many theatrical productions before working in television.
- She remains very active on social media and has more than 127k followers on Instagram.
- Chips, pasta, and sandwiches are her go-to comfort food. She always orders prawn firecrackers with extra sauce from her favourite restaurant ‘Wagamama,’ which is a British food chain, serving Asian food.
- In an interview, she talked about the variety of roles offered to Asian artists. She also talked about that Asian artists were no more being typecasted in English films and said,
There are more parts that say ‘non-race specific’. Years ago, there was one Asian person in a soap and the entire Asian acting community was going for that role. Now, you can find a few different Asian people, and their character isn’t entirely based on their religion or culture: they just happen to be in a soap. But we’ve got a long way to go and I hope that, in time, I can audition for anything and just worry about being the best person for the job, not the right race.”
- In an interview, she talked about her role preferences in films and TV shows and revealed her dream role. She said,
When it comes to playing a character that’s not a Sikh, as I am, I always think, “Would I do this if the character was Sikh? Would I offend anyone in my family?” If the answer is no [to the latter], then I would always play the part. But there are still so many other roles that I would love to play, and hopefully I’m in a position after ‘Doctor Who’ to be a bit choosier about which ones I do. I want to play Wonder Woman.”