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.
Work on 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. (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.
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.
During her three seasons on Doctor Who, Coleman portrayed multiple characters, some with substantial roles in stories, some briefly:
- Clara Oswald (TV: The Snowmen to Hell Bent, Twice Upon a Time)
- Oswin Oswald (echo) (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)
- Clara Oswin Oswald (echo) (TV: The Snowmen)
- TARDIS holographic interface (TV: Hide)
- Multiple Clara echoes (TV: The Name of the Doctor)
- Saibra (Clara impersonation) (TV: Time Heist)
- Bonnie (TV: The Zygon Invasion and The Zygon Inversion)
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.
As Clara Oswald
- The Bells of Saint John
- The Rings of Akhaten
- Cold War
- Journey to the Centre of the Tardis
- The Crimson Horror
- Nightmare in Silver
- The Name of the Doctor (as well as Clara splinters)
- The Day of the Doctor
- The Time of the Doctor
- Deep Breath
- Into the Dalek
- Robot of Sherwood
- Time Heist (as well as Saibra)
- The Caretaker
- Kill the Moon
- Mummy on the Orient Express
- In the Forest of the Night
- Dark Water / Death in Heaven
- Last Christmas
- The Magician's Apprentice / The Witch's Familiar
- Under the Lake / Before the Flood
- The Girl Who Died
- The Woman Who Lived
- The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion (as well as Bonnie)
- Sleep No More
- Face the Raven
- Heaven Sent / Hell Bent
- Twice Upon a Time
- The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot - Herself
Destiny of the Doctors
- The Time Machine - Narrator