Apr. 27th, 1986
Blackpool, Lancashire, England, U.K.
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Jenna-Louise Coleman (born April 27, 1986), known as Jenna Coleman, is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Clara Oswald in the British television science fiction series Doctor Who and has played Jasmine Thomas in the British soap opera Emmerdale.
Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, the daughter of Karen and Keith Coleman. She has an older brother named Ben. Coleman began her acting career at a early age as a member of a theatre company called In Yer Space. While auditioning for drama schools in 2005, Coleman was chosen to play Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale.
She received critical acclaim for performance and was nominated for the Most Popular Newcomer award at the 2007 National Television Awards. She went on to play "hard girl" Lindsay James in the BBC 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. Coleman made her feature film debut in 2011 as the character Connie in Captain America: The First Avenger.
On March 21, 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 September 1, 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.
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. The three episodes were shown on BBC One during Christmas 2013.
As of June 20, 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 August 4, 2013.
Coleman has been in a relationship with Richard Madden since late 2011. 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. Jenna has also 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.
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