Dr Who Companions for the Wilderness Years 1996-2005

by ewan-drysdale | created - 29 Aug 2016 | updated - 24 Oct 2017 | Public

A selection of actors who could have been Dr Who companions based on their age, nationality and profile during the years between Paul McGann's TV Movie and the relaunch under Christopher Eccleston

1. Louise Lombard

Actress | Hidalgo

Louise Lombard lived and breathed the arts from an early age, and projected extreme versatility in many arenas. A trained dancer and actress from childhood, Lombard displayed a remarkable predilection for emotionally and psychologically challenging characters, such as that of a heroin addict in the...

2. Sarah Alexander

Actress | Stardust

Sarah Alexander was born on January 3, 1971 in London, England as Sarah Smith. She is an actress and writer, known for Stardust (2007), Green Wing (2004) and Coupling (2000). She is married to Peter Serafinowicz. They have two children.

3. Rose Keegan

Actress | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Rose studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre includes: Susan in Abigails Party directed by Sarah Esdaile , ATG Tour, Alan Ayckbourn's The Revengers Comedies. A Message for the Broken Hearted by Gregory Motton, directed by Ramin Gray at The Liverpool Playhouse, Cunigonde in ...

4. Belinda Stewart-Wilson

Actress | The Inbetweeners Movie

Belinda Stewart-Wilson is an English actress, born in London, England, U.K. She is best known for her role in the popular TV sitcom The Inbetweeners as Polly McKenzie. Her father is a British Army officer Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson.During childhood she grew up on various military postings in the UK, ...

5. Claire Forlani

Actress | Meet Joe Black

Claire Forlani was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in London. Educated at Arts Educational School, she moved to the United States with her parents Pier Luigi and Barbara Forlani when she was 19 and began starring in films.

Claire has had leading roles in such films as Meet Joe Black (1998), ...

6. Charlotte Hudson

Actress | My Hero

Charlotte Hudson was born on January 4, 1972 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. She is an actress, known for My Hero (2000), Silent Witness (1996) and Absolute Power (2003).

7. Catherine McCormack

Actress | Braveheart

Catherine McCormack was born on April 3, 1972 in Epsom, Surrey, England as Catherine Jane McCormack. She is an actress and director, known for Braveheart (1995), Spy Game (2001) and A Sound of Thunder (2005).

8. Archie Panjabi

Actress | I Origins

Archie is an Emmy Award winning British actress best known for her role as Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife, for which she was nominated for an Emmy three times in a row and went on to to be honored with a Golden Globe Nomination. She made her film debut in the critically acclaimed East Is East ...

9. Yasmin Bannerman

Actress | Killing Me Softly

Yasmin Bannerman was born in 1972 in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England. She is an actress, known for Killing Me Softly (2002), Life on Mars (2006) and Doctor Who (2005).

10. Indira Varma

Actress | Exodus: Gods and Kings

Indira Anne Varma (born 27 September 1973) is a British actress. Her film debut and first major role was in Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love. She has gone on to appear in the television series The Canterbury Tales, Rome, Luther, Human Target, and Game of Thrones (as Ellaria Sand). In September 2016, she ...

11. Emma Cunniffe

Actress | Poirot

Emma Cunniffe was born on July 3, 1973 in Chester, England. She is an actress, known for Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996) and Southcliffe (2013).

12. Lena Headey

Actress | Game of Thrones

Lena Headey is a British actress. Headey is best known for her role as "Cersei Lannister" in Game of Thrones (2011) (2011-present) and The Brothers Grimm (2005), Possession (2002), and The Remains of the Day (1993). Headey stars as "Queen Gorgo", a heroic Spartan woman in the period film, 300 (2006)...

13. Eva Birthistle

Actress | Imagine Me & You

Eva Birthistle was born in 1974 in Dublin, Ireland. She is an actress, known for Imagine Me & You (2005), Brooklyn (2015) and Ae Fond Kiss... (2004).

14. Victoria Smurfit

Actress | Bulletproof Monk

Victoria Smurfit was born on March 31, 1974 in Dublin, Ireland. She is an actress and producer, known for Bulletproof Monk (2003), The Beach (2000) and About a Boy (2002). She was previously married to Douglas Baxter.

15. Georgina Cates

Actress | Clay Pigeons

Georgina Cates was born on January 14, 1975 in Colchester, Essex, England as Clare Woodgate. She is known for her work on Clay Pigeons (1998), An Awfully Big Adventure (1995) and Bad Grandpa (2013). She was previously married to Skeet Ulrich.

16. Lucy Montgomery

Actress | The Life of Rock with Brian Pern

While at Cambridge University, Montgomery was a member of Footlights, an amateur theatrical club. Subsequently, she studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Montgomery built her career as one third of Comedy Theatre Company Population 3, along with James Bachman and Barunka O'Shaughnessy,...

17. Catherine Shepherd

Actress | Paddington

Catherine Shepherd was born in 1975 in England. She is an actress and writer, known for Paddington (2014), Paddington 2 (2017) and Hyperdrive (2006).

18. Liz May Brice

Actress | Black Mirror

Liz May Brice was born in 1975 as Elizabeth May Brice. She is an actress, known for Black Mirror (2011), Torchwood (2006) and Resident Evil (2002).

19. Kate Magowan

Actress | Stardust

Kate Magowan was born on June 1, 1975 in Harrow, London, England as Katie Victoria Magowan. She is an actress and producer, known for Stardust (2007), Spotless (2015) and A Lonely Place to Die (2011). She has been married to John Simm since April 2004. They have two children.

20. Kate Winslet

Actress | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut...

21. Lucy Akhurst

Actress | The Saint

Lucy Akhurst was born Lucy Akhurst-Webster in London, England. A few years later, her family moved to the northeast of England and she attended school (which she hated) there. She left her drama school (which she also loathed) early, having been discovered by the BBC and cast in a lead role in the ...

22. Keeley Hawes

Actress | High-Rise

Keeley Hawes was born on February 10, 1976 in London, England as Claire Hawes. She is an actress and producer, known for High-Rise (2015), The Bank Job (2008) and Death at a Funeral (2007). She has been married to Matthew Macfadyen since October 8, 2004. They have two children. She was previously ...

23. Cordelia Bugeja

Actress | King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Cordelia Bugeja was born on March 5, 1976 in Chichester, West Sussex, England. She is an actress, known for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017), The IT Crowd (2006) and Family Affairs (1997).

24. Anna Friel

Actress | Land of the Lost

Anna Friel is an English actress, born in Rochdale. She has been acting since the age of 13, appearing in a number of British television programmes. She made her West End stage debut in London in 2001, and has subsequently appeared on stage in several productions, including an adaptation of ...

25. Siwan Morris

Actress | The Machine

Siwan Morris was born on February 7, 1976 in Glynneath, South Wales, UK. She is an actress, known for The Machine (2013), Skins (2007) and Wolfblood (2012).

26. Kelly Reilly

Actress | Flight

Jessica Kelly Siobhán Reilly (born 18 July 1977) is an English actress. Her performance in After Miss Julie at the Donmar Warehouse made her a star of the London stage and earned her a nomination for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress of 2003. Reilly was born and brought up in Chessington, ...

27. Ingrid Oliver

Actress | Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

Ingrid Oliver was born in 1977 in London, England. She is an actress and writer, known for Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008), Doctor Who (2005) and The Wrong Door (2008).

28. Lucy Punch

Actress | Into the Woods

Lucy Punch grew up in London and was a member of the National Youth Theatre in her late teens before going to University College London to read History. While she was there she auditioned for TV roles and eventually dropped out to concentrate on acting.

She learned a lot, she says, from working on ...

29. Daisy Haggard

Actress | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Daisy Haggard was born in 1978 in Scotland as Celia Daisy Morna Haggard. She is an actress and writer, known for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010), I Give It a Year (2013) and Sense & Sensibility (2008).

30. Gwendoline Christie

Actress | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Gwendoline Christie was born in Worthing, West Sussex, England and trained in dance and gymnastics as a child. She graduated from Drama Centre London with a First Class BA (Hons) in 2005 and her first job was with Declan Donellan in 'Great Expectations' at the Royal Shakespeare Company that autumn....

31. Hattie Morahan

Actress | Beauty and the Beast

Hattie Morahan was born in London in 1978. Her father, Christopher Morahan, is a television and stage director, who is perhaps best known for his television adaptation of The Jewel in the Crown (1984). Her mother, Anna Carteret, is an actress whose most high profile role was that of Inspector Kate ...

32. Eve Myles

Actress | Torchwood

Eve Myles was born on July 26, 1978 in Ystradgynlais, Wales. She is an actress, known for Torchwood (2006), Dragon Age II (2011) and Keeping Faith (2017). She has been married to Bradley Freegard since May 18, 2013. They have two children.

33. Daniela Denby-Ashe

Actress | North & South

Daniela Denby-Ashe was born on August 9, 1978 in London, England as Daniela Jolanta Denby-Ashe. She is an actress, known for North & South (2004), My Family (2000) and Waterloo Road (2006).

34. Isy Suttie

Actress | Peep Show

Isy Suttie was born in 1978 in Hull, Yorkshire, England. She is known for her work on Peep Show (2003), Whites (2010) and Skins (2007).

35. James Corden

Actor | Into the Woods

Describing himself as the "chunky unit", James Kimberley Corden was born in Hillingdon, London and raised in Buckinghamshire, the son of Margaret (Collins), a social worker, and Malcolm Corden, a musician. He studied drama at the Jackie Palmer Stage School before going on to Holmer Green Senior ...

36. Leonor Watling

Actress | The Oxford Murders

Leonor Watling was born on July 28, 1975 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain as Leonor Elizabeth Ceballos Watling. She is an actress, known for The Oxford Murders (2008), My Life Without Me (2003) and My Mother Likes Women (2002).

37. Claire Keelan

Actress | The Trip to Italy

Claire Keelan is an actress, known for The Trip to Italy (2014), The Trip (2010) and Line of Duty (2012).



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