Pearl Mackie has come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
On Sunday (28 June), the British actress, singer and dancer – who’s best known for her role as Bill Potts on Doctor Who – posed with a plush rainbow-coloured cushion in a series of photos on Instagram.
“Proud to be bisexual. Proud to be Black,” she told her followers. “Proud of all my LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters and everyone in between. We matter. You matter. Big love and nuff respect. Happy Pride everyone!”
The star’s post was flooded with support from her fans, especially her bisexual fanbase.
“As if I didn’t love Bill Potts enough already, knowing she was played by an LGBTQ+ actress makes me so so happy,” said one follower, while another wrote: “My heart is so full right now! This means the world.”
Pearl made history on Doctor Who as the titular hero’s first ever LGBTQ+ companion. She made her debut in the 10th season of the critically-acclaimed fantasy/sci-fi drama and appeared in 13 episodes in total.