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Fans hope Frain is still in the frame to be new Doctor Who

By Herts & Essex Observer  |  Posted: August 04, 2013

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FANS of Stortford actor James Frain are still fervently hoping he will be named as the next Doctor Who on Sunday (August 4).

The BBC will reveal the identity of the next Time Lord during a special programme, Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, from 7pm.

The current Doctor, Matt Smith, will then hand the role to his successor during a Christmas special episode of the show before a new series begins in 2014.

Peter Capaldi, who played the spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in BBC satire The Thick of It is the bookmaker's favourite to clinch the plum role.

Fans of Frain, who set up a Facebook page dedicated to promoting his cause, said this week: "It would be quite ironic if it was in fact Peter Capaldi as Peter starred with James Frain in What Rats Won't Do. Let's face it though, whoever they pick will not be half as good as James Frain - FACT!"

Frain is a former pupil of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary and Newport Free Grammar School. He recently starred as Lord Warwick in the BBC's major drama The White Queen and has a part in the new Johnny Depp film, The Lone Ranger.

Frain was brought up in Stortford, Stansted and Leeds with his seven brothers and sisters by his late parents, stockbroker dad Paul and teacher mum Geraldine,

The family were prominent members of the area's Catholic community and worshipped at St Joseph’s in Windhill and St Teresa’s in the village.

After studying English and drama at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, the Leeds-born thespian graduated from London’s Central School of Speech and Drama.

It was there he was discovered by veteran actor and director Sir Richard Attenborough, who cast him in the film Shadowlands in 1993 and began a career which has already successfully spanned 20 years.

As well as numerous movie roles, he is a familiar face to American television audiences with parts in 24, Numb3rs, Law and Order Criminal Intent, Law and Order SVU, Fringe, Californication, two of the CSI franchises, FlashForward, The Mentalist and, most recently, in True Blood and Grimm.

He is based in the States and married to American dancer and writer Marta Cunningham. The couple have two children.

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