Jenna Coleman | Doctor Who
Jenna Coleman is an English actress best known for her role as Clara Oswald in the British television series Doctor Who.
Coleman began her acting career at an early age as a member of a theatre company called In Yer Space. While auditioning for drama schools, Coleman was chosen to play Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale. Her performance garnered much critical acclaim and was nominated for the Most Popular Newcomer award at the 2007 National Television Awards. She went on to other roles in successful BBC productions Waterloo Road, Room at the Top, the four-part mini-series Titanic, Dancing on the Edge and Death Comes to Pemberley. Marvel comics fans will also recall Coleman as Bucky’s girlfriend in the hit film Captain America: The First Avenger.
Coleman’s first appearance as The Doctor’s companion was originally planned to happen on the 2012 Christmas special however she made a surprise appearance earlier than expected, playing a relative of her character Clara Oswald, Oswin Oswald. Oswin subsequently died later in that particular episode and appeared again as her own distant relative in the episode, "The Snowmen". Her final incarnation as Clara Oswald was introduced in the episode, "The Bells of Saint John", where she carried on as The Doctor’s regular companion, continuing on in her role as companion when current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, stepped into the role. Her run as Clara Oswald concluded in 2015 with the show’s 9th series.
In 2016, Coleman was seen in the television drama Victoria as Queen Victoria. Chronicling the early life of the Queen from her accession to the throne to her courtship with Prince Albert, the series aired to rave reviews on ITV in the United Kingdom. Following the success of the first round of episodes, a second series has been ordered and is currently in production.