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Jenna Coleman (born 27 April 1986[1][2]) — initially credited in Doctor Who as Jenna-Louise Coleman — played companion Clara Oswald in Doctor Who.

During her time as Clara, she also played Bonnie in the Doctor Who television story The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion, and read the AudioGO audio story The Time Machine with Michael Cochrane and Nicholas Briggs.

Prior to landing the role on Doctor Who, Coleman was perhaps best known for portraying Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale and had also appeared in Waterloo Road as Lindsay James, the Marvel feature film Captain America: The First Avenger as Connie and the 2012 miniseries Titanic as Annie Desmond.


Coleman was born in Blackpool, Lancashire. (Incidentally, Blackpool is also the hometown of her character, the modern Clara Oswald, as revealed in TV: Robot of Sherwood.)

Work on the series[]

In 2012, Coleman introduced the prequel The Great Detective, and the trailer for The Snowmen, for their broadcast during Children in Need, ahead of her official introduction to the series.

In June 2013, Coleman announced that she was shortening her professional name to Jenna Coleman, and was credited as such beginning with The Day of the Doctor.[3] (She does not actually receive screen credit for the minisode Clara and the TARDIS, which was released after the announcement.)

Later that same year, she appeared as herself in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, and also co-starred in the three-part BBC miniseries Death Comes to Pemberley, which began the day after the broadcast of The Time of the Doctor.

According to Steven Moffat, Coleman had intended to leave Doctor Who after series 8, and agreed to one additional story, Last Christmas, which would depict her character's death. During filming, she decided she was not ready to leave the programme yet, so Moffat wrote an alternate ending, allowing Clara Oswald to return for one last series.[4]

By the end of series 9, Coleman had become the longest-serving companion actor of the revival era, surpassing Karen Gillan by several episodes.

Beyond Doctor Who[]

After filming her final scenes for Doctor Who in late August 2015, Coleman took on the lead role of Queen Victoria in the ITV series Victoria, which began filming in the fall of 2015. During a break in filming series 9, she shot a supporting role in the romantic drama Me Before You, released in 2016. She also recorded a guest voice for an episode of the second series of the animated sci-fi programme Thunderbirds Are Go that aired in October 2016. Victoria began airing in August 2016 in the UK and was swiftly renewed for a second series and a Christmas special, production of which began in February 2017 for an assumed late-summer/early fall broadcast in the UK. (Victoria co-stars Eve Myles and Tommy Knight).

In 2018 she starred in the Australian drama The Cry. Her performance won her a Most Outstanding Actress Logie Award, a most prestigious Australian acting award.

Characters portrayed[]

During her three seasons on Doctor Who, Coleman portrayed multiple characters, some with substantial roles in stories, some briefly:

In addition, Coleman played multiple versions of Clara Oswald from different points in her timestream in the mini-episode HOMEVID: Clara and the TARDIS. She also played an elderly version of Clara in TV: Last Christmas. Her 2013 audiobook, AUDIO: The Time Machine does not feature Clara; instead, she voices a one-off companion named Alice Watson as well as the Eleventh Doctor.



Doctor Who[]

As Clara Oswald




Destiny of the Doctors[]

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