Olly Alexander set to become first gay actor to play Doctor Who

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Olly Alexander is reportedly going to be the first gay actor to play Doctor Who, becoming the 14th Time Lord on the BBC One fan-favourite.

The 30 year old, who recently shared a peak inside his stylish east London flat, is said to be in the "advanced stage" of negotiations with show bosses in securing his role as the Time Lord.

If it goes ahead, the singer, who rose to fame as the frontman of Years & Years, will replace Jodie Whittaker, 39, who became the first female to play the role. Jodie will allegedly step aside after two specials in 2022.

“Olly is on the verge of being announced as the new Doctor. Negotiations are at an advanced stage," an insider told The Sun Online.

They continued: “He’s been heavily promoted for the role by Russell – who he’s worked closely with on other projects. Russell (T Davies) was impressed with his work and felt he was a great fit for the Doctor.

“It’s definitely happening, he’s just had to keep quiet about it while negotiations were finalised.”

A separate BBC insider told OK! Online: “As ever bosses are staying tight-lipped about what they have planned. But with filming still going on for episodes in 2022, there’s lots more to come for Jodie’s doctor.”

OK! Online has approached both Olly's representatives and the BBC for further comment.

Olly appears to be firm favourite of the TV channel as it was recently reported they offered him a spot to compete in the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The star has gained even more popularity in the last year after joining the cast of It's A Sin and releasing his latest single Starstruck.

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He also gave a stellar performance at The Brit Awards, where he was joined by Sir Elton John, 74, to sing The Pet Shop Boy's 1987 hit of the same name.

The pair made the most of the free stage and danced along to the song, which they collaborated on in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, with rainbow lights shining down on them throughout.

The show clearly caught the eye of Strictly Come Dancing producers as it appears they now want Olly to sign up for the programme this year.

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An insider told The Sun: “Everyone wants a piece of Olly at the moment and the Beeb are no different. Strictly have Olly in their sights and have offered him a spot in this year’s line-up, should he wish to take part.

“Olly’s performance at The Brits with Elton showed he was an outstanding dancer as well as a singer and getting him onto this year’s series would be a huge coup."

The source added: “He is everything Strictly loves and given his enormous popularity with younger people, it could bring a new audience to the show.”

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