Coleman at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International.
27 April 1986
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
|Partner(s)||Karl Davies (2006–2009)
Richard Madden (2011–present)
Jenna-Louise Coleman (born 27 April 1986), known as Jenna Coleman, is an English actress. She currently plays Clara Oswald in the British television series Doctor Who and has played Jasmine Thomas in the British soap opera Emmerdale.
Coleman was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, and began her acting career at an early age as a member of a theatre company called In Yer Space. While auditioning for drama schools in 2005, she was chosen to play Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale. She received critical acclaim for her performance and was nominated for the Most Popular Newcomer award at the 2006 National Television Awards.
Coleman 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. She made her feature film debut in 2011 in Captain America: The First Avenger.
Since 2012, Coleman has portrayed Clara Oswald, companion to the eleventh and twelfth incarnations of the Doctor in the science fiction series Doctor Who. She appeared as Lydia Wickham in the BBC drama Death Comes to Pemberley.
Coleman was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, the daughter of Karen and Keith Coleman. She has an older brother named Ben. She attended Arnold School, where she was head girl. She has said that she regrets not having a conventional university experience. While at school, Coleman was a member of the theatre company In Yer Space, with which 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.
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 2006 National Television Awards, she was nominated for the Most Popular Newcomer award. At the 2009 British Soap Awards, she was nominated for the Best Actress, Sexiest Female, and Best Dramatic Performance awards. 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. As she was 23 at the time of her casting, Coleman found the experience of playing a schoolgirl "surreal".
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. 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. 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".
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). Moffat chose her for the role because she worked the best alongside Smith and could talk faster than him. 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).
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. 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, including after his regeneration into the Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, in the 2013 Christmas special episode "The Time of the Doctor." In the 2014 Christmas special episode "Last Christmas", it was revealed that Coleman would return to the role of Clara for Season 9.
As of 20 June 2013, she began using the name Jenna Coleman for stage credits, having previously been known as Jenna-Louise Coleman. She was first credited as Jenna Coleman in Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, which aired on 4 August 2013.
In 2012, she was voted 91st by readers of FHM in their annual 100 Sexiest Women poll. A year later she finished 30 places higher in the same poll, whilst 2014 saw her in 32nd. She has recently been involved with charity work in South Africa raising awareness of HIV with One To One Children's Fund, to whom she is the ambassador.
|2005–2009||Emmerdale||Jasmine Thomas||168 episodes|
|2009||Waterloo Road||Lindsay James||9 episodes|
|2012||Titanic||Annie Desmond||4 episodes|
|2012||Room at the Top||Susan Brown||2 episodes|
|2012||Doctor Who||Oswin Oswald||1 episode, "Asylum of the Daleks"|
|2012||Doctor Who||Clara Oswin Oswald||Christmas Special, "The Snowmen"|
|2013–present||Doctor Who||Clara Oswald||Series 7, 2013 specials, Series 8, Series 9|
|2013||Dancing on the Edge||Rosie Williams||5 episodes|
|2013||Doctor Who Prom||Clara Oswald / Herself||Featuring music from Doctor Who, with Coleman playing Clara in an in-character skit performed on film and live on stage.|
|2013||Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide||Clara Oswald / Herself||Celebration of Doctor Who bookended by in-character segments|
|2013||The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot||Herself||Comedy spoof of Doctor Who, released on the BBC Red Button|
|2013||Death Comes to Pemberley||Lydia Wickham||3 episodes|
|2011||Captain America: The First Avenger||Connie|
|2012||Imaginary Forces||Ellen||Short film|
|2016||Me Before You||Katrina Clark|
|2010||Xenoblade Chronicles||Princess Melia Antiqua||English dub of Japanese game|
|2015||LEGO Dimensions||Clara Oswald|
Awards and nominations
|2006||National Television Awards||Most Popular Newcomer||Jasmine Thomas (Emmerdale)||Nominated|
|The British Soap Awards||Best Newcomer||Jasmine Thomas (Emmerdale)||Nominated|
|2009||Best Dramatic Performance||Nominated|
|2013||Behind the Voice Actors Awards||Best Female Vocal Performance in a Video Game||Melia (Xenoblade Chronicles)||Nominated|
|Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards||Favourite UK Actress||Herself - Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)||Nominated|
|2014||Glamour Awards||UK TV Actress||Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)||Won|
|2015||Saturn Awards||Best Supporting Actress on Television||Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)||Nominated|
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- Full 100 Sexiest Women 2012 results
- Full 100 Sexiest Women 2013 results from MSN.com
- Full 100 Sexiest Women 2014 results from FHM.com
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- The 41st Annual Saturn Awards Winners 2015
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