After a stint at the Shakespeare's Globe in 2005, her first big film role was in the comedy Venus in 2006. She's since starred alongside John Boyega in the cult science fiction film Attack the Block as well as the movies St Trinian's and Ashes.
On television, she's starred in an episode of Black Mirror, the period drama Cranford, and an episode of Jimmy McGovern's Accused. Her role as Beth Latimer, a grieving mother in Broadchurch, was one of her most recognisable roles, the crime drama bowing out earlier this year with 8.6 million viewers.
Chris Chibnall, the creator and writer of Broadchurch, is joining Doctor Who as its showrunner. In an interview with the BBC he said: "I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away.
"Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”