Entertainment News Roundup: 'Sex Education' actor Ncuti Gatwa to be new 'Doctor Who'; Dennis Waterman, star of British TV show 'Minder', dies aged 74 and more

The 29-year-old Scot, a star of Netflix hit "Sex Education", posted two hearts plus a blue square, representing the Doctor's Tardis, a time-travelling police telephone box, on his Instagram account before the news was confirmed by the broadcaster. Dennis Waterman, star of British TV show 'Minder', dies aged 74 Dennis Waterman, a British actor famous for his roles in TV shows "The Sweeney", "Minder" and "New Tricks", has died, his family said in a statement reported by media on Sunday.


Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 09-05-2022 10:33 IST | Created: 09-05-2022 10:29 IST
Entertainment News Roundup: 'Sex Education' actor Ncuti Gatwa to be new 'Doctor Who'; Dennis Waterman, star of British TV show 'Minder', dies aged 74 and more
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'Sex Education' actor Ncuti Gatwa to be new 'Doctor Who'

Ncuti Gatwa will be the first Black actor to play the lead role in the British sci-fi series "Doctor Who", taking over from Jodie Whittaker as the 14th incarnation of the Time Lord next year, the BBC said on Sunday. The 29-year-old Scot, a star of Netflix hit "Sex Education" , posted two hearts plus a blue square, representing the Doctor's Tardis, a time-traveling police telephone box, on his Instagram account before the news was confirmed by the broadcaster.

Dennis Waterman, star of British TV show 'Minder', dies aged 74

Dennis Waterman, a British actor famous for his roles in TV shows "The Sweeney", "Minder" and "New Tricks", has died, his family said in a statement reported by media on Sunday. Waterman, who started acting as a child, became a household name playing Detective Sergeant George Carter in the police series "The Sweeney" in the 1970s, followed by the role of Terry McCann in the hit comedy-drama "Minder" for a decade from 1979.

Country singer Mickey Gilley, whose bar launched 'Urban Cowboy,' dies

Country singer Mickey Gilley, whose namesake Texas-sized honky-tonk bar was the birthplace of the "Urban Cowboy" music and fashion fads of the 1980s, died at age 86 in Branson, Missouri, his Facebook page announced on Saturday. Gilley, a first cousin of both rock 'n' roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis and television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, "had just come off the road ... having played 10 shows in April," his Facebook page said.

Box Office: 'Doctor Strange 2' Debuts to Heroic $185 Million

Doctor Strange and his questionably effective book of spells have summoned a blockbuster $185 million at North American movie theaters over the weekend, reaffirming the box office dominance of Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe after a shakier, pandemic-battered year for the franchise. The timeline-bending "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" represents a return to form for Disney's MCU after COVID-era releases "Black Widow" ($80 million debuts, plus $60 million on Disney Plus), "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" ($75 million debuts), and "Eternals" ($71 million debuts). Due to the pandemic and other extenuating circumstances, those installments failed to live up to their franchise predecessors in terms of ticket sales.

U2's Bono gives 'freedom' concert in Kyiv metro

Irish rock group U2's frontman Bono and his bandmate The Edge performed a 40-minute concert in a metro station in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Sunday and praised Ukrainians fighting for their freedom from Russia. "Your president leads the world in the cause of freedom right now ... The people of Ukraine are not just fighting for your own freedom, you're fighting for all of us who love freedom," Bono told a crowd of up to 100 gathered inside the Khreshchatyk metro station. He was referring to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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