Jenna Coleman

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Jenna Coleman
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Coleman at the 72nd Peabody Award, May 2013
BornJenna-Louise Coleman
(1986-04-27) 27 April 1986 (age 28)
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
OccupationActress
Years active2005–present
TelevisionEmmerdale
Doctor Who
Partner(s)Richard Madden (2011–present)
 
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Jenna Coleman
Jenna Coleman Peabody 2013 (cropped).jpg
Coleman at the 72nd Peabody Award, May 2013
BornJenna-Louise Coleman
(1986-04-27) 27 April 1986 (age 28)
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
OccupationActress
Years active2005–present
TelevisionEmmerdale
Doctor Who
Partner(s)Richard Madden (2011–present)

Jenna-Louise Coleman (born 27 April 1986),[1] known as Jenna Coleman,[2][3] is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Clara Oswald in the British television series Doctor Who and Jasmine Thomas in the British soap opera Emmerdale.

Coleman was born in Blackpool, Lancashire and began her acting career at a young age as a member of a theatre company called "In Yer Space."[4]

While auditioning for drama schools in 2005, Coleman was chosen to play Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale in 2005. She received critical acclaim for performance and was nominated for the Most Popular Newcomer award at the 2007 National Television Awards.[5] She went on to play "hard girl" Lindsay James in the BBC school-based drama series Waterloo Road, Susan Brown in a BBC Four television adaptation of the John Braine novel Room at the Top, Annie Desmond in Julian Fellowes' four part mini-series Titanic, and Rosie in Stephen Poliakoff's original drama series Dancing on the Edge.[6] Coleman made her feature film debut in 2011 as the character Connie in Captain America: The First Avenger.[7]

Since 2012, the actress has portrayed Clara Oswald, companion to the Eleventh[8] and later Twelfth Doctors in the science fiction series Doctor Who. Between filming series of Doctor Who she appeared as Lydia Wickham in the BBC drama Death Comes to Pemberley.

Early life[edit]

Coleman was born in Blackpool, Lancashire to Karen and Keith Coleman. She has an older brother, Ben.[9] She attended Arnold School, where she was head girl. Discussing her role on Emmerdale, Coleman said that she regrets not having a conventional university experience. While at school, Coleman was a member of a theatre company called "In Yer Space", with whom she performed in the play Crystal Clear at the Edinburgh Festival. She won an award for her performance, and the play was also received favourably.[10]

Career[edit]

Whilst auditioning for drama schools, Coleman landed the part of Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale in 2005. At the 2007 British Soap Awards, she was nominated for the Best Newcomer award, and at the 2007 National Television Awards, she was nominated for the Most Popular Newcomer award.[5] At the 2009 British Soap Awards, she was nominated for the Best Actress, Sexiest Female, and Best Dramatic Performance awards.[11] She received a nomination for the Best Actress award from the TV Choice Awards. In May 2009, it was announced that Coleman would be joining BBC drama series Waterloo Road as "hard girl" Lindsay James.[6] As she was 23 at the time of her casting, Coleman found the experience of playing a schoolgirl "surreal".[12]

In December 2010, it was announced that Coleman would be playing Susan Brown in a BBC Four television adaptation of the John Braine novel Room at the Top.[13][14] The adaptation was originally intended to air in April 2011, but this was cancelled due to a rights dispute between the production company and Braine's estate. The dispute was resolved by 2012, and the show aired in two parts on 26 and 27 September 2012.[4] In 2011, she made her feature film debut in Captain America: The First Avenger. She also landed the part of Annie Desmond in Julian Fellowes' four part mini-series Titanic, describing her character as a "cheeky little Cockney" and "the Eliza Doolittle of the ship".[15]

Coleman provided the voice for the character Melia in the English dub of the 2011 video game Xenoblade Chronicles. In 2012, Coleman was cast as Rosie in Stephen Poliakoff's original drama series Dancing on the Edge, which follows the fortunes of a black jazz band in the 1930s. The show aired on BBC Two in February 2013. On 21 March 2012, Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat confirmed at a press conference that Coleman would play the companion of the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith).[8] Moffat chose her for the role because she worked the best alongside Smith and could talk faster than him.[16] She auditioned for the role in secrecy, pretending it was for something called Men on Waves (an anagram for "Woman Seven", as she would first appear in the show's seventh series).[17]

Although originally announced as beginning her run as companion in the Christmas special in 2012, Coleman made a surprise appearance on 1 September 2012 in the first episode of the seventh series, playing Oswin Oswald, who dies at the end of the episode.[18] She subsequently debuted as a series regular in the Christmas special episode "The Snowmen", playing the Victorian governess and barmaid Clara Oswin Oswald; like her previous incarnation, the character dies. At the end of that episode, Coleman is seen playing a third version of the character, this time from contemporary London and named simply Clara Oswald. The Doctor finds the third version of her, and from the episode "The Bells of Saint John", this version begins her travels as the Doctor's regular companion,[19] including after his regeneration into the Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, in the 2013 Christmas special episode "The Time of the Doctor."[20]

As of 20 June 2013, she began using the name Jenna Coleman for stage credits, having previously used Jenna-Louise Coleman. She was first credited as Jenna Coleman in Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, which aired on 4 August 2013.[21][2]

She starred as Lydia Wickham in the adaptation of Death Comes to Pemberley[22] The three episodes were shown on BBC One during Christmas 2013.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Coleman has been in a relationship with Richard Madden since late 2011.[24]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005–2009EmmerdaleJasmine Thomas168 episodes
2009Waterloo RoadLindsay James9 episodes
2012TitanicAnnie Desmond4 episodes
Room at the TopSusan Brown2 episodes
Doctor WhoOswin Oswald1 episode, "Asylum of the Daleks"
Clara Oswin OswaldChristmas Special, "The Snowmen"
2013-presentClara OswaldSeries 7, 2013 specials, Series 8
2013Dancing on the EdgeRosie Williams5 episodes
Doctor Who PromClara Oswald/HerselfFeaturing music from Doctor Who
Doctor Who: The Ultimate GuideClara Oswald/HerselfCelebration of Doctor Who
The Five(ish) Doctors RebootHerself1 episode
Death Comes to Pemberley[25]Lydia Wickham3 episodes

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2011Captain America: The First AvengerConnie
2012Imaginary ForcesEllenShort film

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2010Xenoblade ChroniclesPrincess Melia AntiquaEnglish dub of Japanese game

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (21 March 2012). "Jenna-Louise Coleman: Ten Things about the new 'Doctor Who' star". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Jones, Paul. "Jenna Coleman and the mystery of the missing Louise". Radio Times. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Doctor Who, Coleman: 50th anniversary. Rings of Akhaten", TV guide .
  4. ^ a b Jeffrey, Morgan (29 May 2012). "'Room at the Top': BBC Four drama to air following legal dispute". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Wilkes, Neil; Welsh, James (31 October 2006). "National TV Awards 2006: Full winners list". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Green, Kris (13 May 2009). "Ex-'Emmerdale' actress joins 'Waterloo Road'". Digital Spy. UK. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Full cast and crew for Captain America: The First Avenger", IMDb, 19 July 2011, retrieved 23 July 2013 
  8. ^ a b "Doctor Who's latest companion is unveiled". BBC News. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Jenna-Louise Coleman: The life and time travels of Doctor Who's sexy new sidekick", Mirror.co.uk, 6 April 2013, retrieved 14 May 2014 
  10. ^ "Blackpool soap star needs your help". Blackpool Gazette. 31 July 2006. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2007. 
  11. ^ Green, Kris; Kilkelly, Daniel (10 May 2009). "British Soap Awards 2009: The Winners". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  12. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (29 October 2009). "Coleman: 'Waterloo Road is surreal'". Digital Spy. UK. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Stars in city to remake classic film". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. UK. 27 December 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Casting Unveiled on Room at the Top". UK: Screen Yorkshire. 22 December 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  15. ^ Conner, Megan (11 March 2012). "Why we're watching: Jenna-Louise Coleman, actor". The Observer. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  16. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (21 March 2012). "'Doctor Who': Jenna-Louise Coleman – The press conference in full". Digital Spy. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  17. ^ Gallagher, William (27 March 2012). "Doctor Who's secret history of codenames revealed". Radio Times. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  18. ^ Brown, David (1 September 2012). "Doctor Who - a message from Steven Moffat and Jenna-Louise Coleman about tonight's surprise". Radio Times. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  19. ^ Steven Moffat (writer), Colm McCarthy (director), Denise Paul (producer) (30 March 2013). "The Bells of Saint John". Doctor Who. Series 7. Episode 7. BBC. BBC One.
  20. ^ Steven Moffat (writer), Jamie Payne (director), Marcus Wilson (producer) (25 December 2013). "The Time of the Doctor". Doctor Who. Series 7. BBC. BBC One.
  21. ^ "Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor". BBC One. BBC. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  22. ^ Lazarus, Susanna (18 June 2013). "Jenna-Louise Coleman, Penelope Keith and Rebecca Front join Death Comes to Pemberley". Radio Times. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  23. ^ Sussana Lazarus. Death Comes to Pemberley's Matthew Rhys: "The best thing about playing Mr Darcy is that shirt" RadioTimes. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  24. ^ Wagner, Curt (19 April 2012). "Richard Madden: I'd appear in 'Doctor Who' with girlfriend Jenna-Louise Coleman". RedEye (Chicago). Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  25. ^ "Jenna Coleman to star in Death comes to Pemberley", Doctor Who (blog), UK: The BBC .

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