Who Is Doctor's New Sidekick? Sexy Freema Agyeman Was Ready to Give Up Acting - and Then the Doctor Who Team Called

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Landing the role of Dr Who's new female sidekick is a dream come true for little known actress Freema Agyeman, who only a few years ago had contemplated giving up acting.

Freema is replacing Billie Piper as Dr Who's new pretty companion and his first ever black assistant.

The 27-year-old, who grew up on a housing estate in London, is playing Martha, a trainee doctor at a hospital who bumps into the Doctor during a routine day at work.

Up until now, she has worked as a little-known jobbing actress, starring in bit roles in dramas such as The Bill, Silent Witness and Casualty. Her most notable role was playing Lola Wise in the now defunct Crossroads in 2001. She was first spotted by Dr Who producers when she starred briefly as a doomed supporting character Adeola in the episode Army of Ghosts in an earlier Dr Who series.

Freema said: "I couldn't believe it when I was told I had got the part of Martha. Dreams really can come true - and mine certainly has!

"My character is very different to Rose, played by Billie. Martha is training to be a doctor when the Doctor happens to be in the hospital where she is working.

Whereas Rose was searching for life, Martha is very secure and the Doctor interrupts her life. …