I think she's in at least one of the 60th anniversary specials and then at least the finale two-parter of series 14 which is now filming.
Evening sunlight filters through the windows as Gatwa gets ready to leave. He's meeting friends for dinner before seeing 'where the Pride winds take us'. Reminiscing about previous events, he shares a moment from a few years back. 'I remember being at Manchester Pride, going through the streets with all my boys, shaking my cha-chas, living it up, when I saw this woman who looked exactly like my auntie. She wasn't – but I knew she was Rwandan,' he says. Gatwa himself was born in Kigali, Rwanda, in 1992. His family fled the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi population two years later and settled in Scotland. (He graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow with a degree in acting.) He got talking to the woman and asked her why she was at Pride. 'It just blew my mind that she was there,' he says.
Up until this point, Gatwa has been telling the story with comedic delivery, but he grows thoughtful. 'I can feel myself getting emotional just thinking about it,' he says quietly. 'We were holding hands, and she said to me, "I don't really know why I'm here. I'm just here." I told her, "Honey, you don't need to know. You absolutely. Do not. Need. To. Know. You're here. Be proud of who you are." I had never met another queer Rwandan person before,' he says. 'I thought I was the only one in the world.'
At times, Gatwa's casting in those projects has been dismissed as an exercise in 'box-ticking'. Gatwa scoffs. 'First of all, you don't know anything about me. Secondly, tick f*cking boxes! People need to be f*cking seen. What are you going to do, tell the same stories? Have the same people fronting things for all of eternity? Representation and inclusivity and branching out… it enriches us all. How embarrassing. You people with your tiny mindsets – open a book, look out the window and then f*ck off.'