27 April 1986
Jenna-Louise Coleman (born 27 April 1986), credited since 2013 as Jenna Coleman, is an English actress. She is known for playing Jasmine Thomas in the soap opera Emmerdale , Clara Oswald in the science-fiction series Doctor Who , Queen Victoria in the period drama Victoria , Joanna Lindsay in the crime miniseries The Cry , and Marie-Andrée Leclerc in the crime miniseries The Serpent .
Jenna-Louise Colemanwas born in Blackpool on 27 April 1986, the daughter of Karen and Keith Coleman. Her father is a joiner and fitter of bar and restaurant interiors. She has an older brother named Ben, a joiner. Her grandmother named her after the character of Jenna Wade from the American TV series Dallas . She attended Arnold School in Blackpool, where she was head girl. While at school, she was a member of the theatre company In Yer Space, with whom 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. She was offered a place to study English at the University of York, but turned it down in order to accept the role of Jasmine Thomas in the soap opera Emmerdale .
Coleman landed the part of Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale in 2005.At the British Soap Awards 2007, she was nominated for the "Best Newcomer" award, and at the National Television Awards 2006, 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 school-based 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 with a small role in Captain America: The First Avenger . She also got the role 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".
She starred as Lydia Wickham in the adaptation of Death Comes to Pemberley .The three episodes were shown on BBC One during Christmas 2013.
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 he could. She auditioned for the role in secret, under the pretence of auditioning for Men on Waves (an anagram for "Woman Seven": 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 as Oswin Oswald, a guest character.Coleman subsequently debuted as a series regular in the Christmas special episode "The Snowmen" as Victorian governess and barmaid Clara Oswin Oswald. In that episode, Coleman also played a third version of the character, a resident of twenty-first-century London named simply Clara Oswald. Beginning in "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 remain in the role of Clara for Series 9. However, the ninth series was her last, as Coleman had decided to leave the show to take on a role as Queen Victoria in an ITV production.
She returned to the show for Twelfth Doctor's last episode "Twice Upon a Time" where she made a cameo appearance; that episode, Doctor Who's 2017 Christmas special, aired the same evening as the first Christmas special for Victoria. She was first credited on screen as Jenna Coleman in Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, which aired on 4 August 2013.
In 2015, Coleman was cast in ITV's eight-part drama following the reign of the British monarch and Empress of India, Queen Victoria.The actress confessed that she was not fully informed about Victorian history, but researched the role. When interviewed for BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Coleman expressed her admiration for the monarch. She argues that this role meant she was able to break out of her supposed 'box' as a northern working-class character that Emmerdale put her in. Victoria premiered on 28 August 2016 on ITV, and in September 2016, ITV renewed Victoria for a second series. A Christmas special for 2017 was also commissioned and a third series was announced in December 2017.
In 2017, Coleman became the narrator for a Royal Caribbean UK advertising campaign.On 8 January 2018, Coleman was confirmed to play Joanna in the four-part BBC drama The Cry , an adaptation of the 2013 novel by Helen FitzGerald.
In September 2018, the Old Vic Theatre announced on their website that Coleman would star in a new production of All My Sons in 2019,which ran from 13 April to 8 June 2019 and included a cinema screening via National Theatre Live on 14 May 2019. In February 2019, it was announced that Coleman would make a guest appearance in an episode from series five of the dark comedy series Inside No. 9 , with an expected broadcast date later in the year. Series five returned to the screen on 3 February 2020.
On 11 May 2019, in an interview with Graham Norton on his BBC Radio 2 program, Coleman indicated her intent to return to Victoria for a fourth series should it be renewed by ITV, but stated that the show will be taking "a bit of a breather" before production resumes.In the same year 2019, Coleman was selected for the role of Marie-Andrée Leclerc in the Netflix and BBC drama The Serpent , a dramatisation of the life of convicted serial killer Charles Sobhraj. Production of The Serpent began in Bangkok in September 2019 and continued into 2020, with an expected BBC broadcast later in the year. As with most other film and television production, work on The Serpent was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Filming resumed on 17 August in the UK and was completed on 28 August. Due to the delay in filming, the broadcast date for The Serpent was moved to 2021. It premiered on 1 January 2021 on BBC One.
During the pandemic, Coleman participated in The Remote Read, a planned series of online drama performances to raise funds for theatrical workers left unemployed by the pandemic.The first production under this banner, an adaptation of Tom Stoppard's A Separate Peace (1966), was transmitted via the Zoom videoconferencing platform on 2 May 2020. Coleman also recorded the short story Pressures, Residential by Philip Hensher, in support of UNICEF UK, as well as The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies by Beatrix Potter, as part of a collection of audiobooks in Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales.
Nine years after its original English release, Coleman reprised her role as Melia in the video game Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition which features a brand new epilogue taking place after the main story.
In 2021, Coleman was cast in the dark comedy Klokkenluider, Dutch for 'Whistleblower'. Filming began on 28 February in East Sussex, for a three-week shoot in a COVID-secure "bubble".
Coleman would also be playing the lead role of Joan Bright and would be the executive producer of the historical drama The War Rooms, which will tell the untold story of the women who worked in Winston Churchill’s secret Whitehall bunker during World War II.
That same year, Coleman was chosen to play Johanna Constantine, the great-great-great-grandmother of John Constantine in DC Comics' The Sandman TV series.
Coleman has been involved with charity work in South Africa raising awareness of HIV with One To One Children's Fund, for which she is an ambassador.She is also an ambassador for Place2Be, a charity providing emotional and therapeutic services in schools. Coleman has also regularly supported Comic Relief and Red Nose Day.
|2011||Captain America: The First Avenger||Connie||Superhero||Brief appearance|
|2016||Me Before You||Katrina Clark||Romance|
|2019||Corporate Monster||Ellen||Horror||Short film|
|2005–2009||Emmerdale||Jasmine Thomas||Soap opera||Series regular|
|2009||Waterloo Road||Lindsay James||Drama||Recurring role|
|2012||Titanic||Annie Desmond||Drama||Recurring role|
|2012||Room at the Top||Susan Brown||Drama||Television film|
|2012–2015, 2017||Doctor Who||Oswin Oswald / Clara Oswin Oswald / Clara Oswald||Science-fiction||Main role (Series 7–9), 2017 Special; 38 episodes|
|2013||Dancing on the Edge||Rosie Williams||Drama||Recurring role|
|2013||The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot||Herself||Comedy||Doctor Who comedy spoof for the 50th Anniversary special|
|2013||Death Comes to Pemberley||Lydia Wickham||Mystery||Main role|
|2016||Thunderbirds Are Go||Baines||Animation||Voice; episode: "Earthbreaker"|
|2016–2019||Victoria||Queen Victoria||Period drama||25 episodes|
|2018||The Cry||Joanna Lindsay||Mystery||Main role|
|2020||Inside No. 9||Beattie||Dark comedy||Episode: "Death Be Not Proud"|
|2021||The Serpent||Marie-Andrée Leclerc||Crime||Main role|
|2021||Billion Pound Bond Street||Narrator||Documentary||Narrator|
|TBA||The War Rooms||Joan Bright||Historical Drama||Lead actor and executive producer|
|TBA||The Sandman||Johanna Constantine I / Johanna Constantine II||Fantasy||Main role|
|2004||Crystal Clear||Thomasina||In Yer Space|
|2009||Jack and the Beanstalk||Princess Apricot||Theatre Royal, Nottingham|
|2019||All My Sons||Ann Deever||Old Vic Theatre|
|2020||A Separate Peace||Nurse Maggie Coates||Virtual play; broadcast online|
|2010||Xenoblade Chronicles||Princess Melia Antiqua||English dub|
|2015||Lego Dimensions||Clara Oswald||Main game and Doctor Who expansion|
|2020||Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition||Princess Melia Antiqua||English dub, includes new "Future Connected" epilogue|
|2013||The Secret Garden||Narrator||Abridged reading|
|2013||Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctor||Alice Watson / Eleventh Doctor||Episode: "The Time Machine"|
|2016||A Christmas Carol||Belle||Digital release|
|2020||Pressures, Residential||Narrator||In aid of UNICEF UK|
|2020||Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales||Narrator||Episode: "The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies"|
|2006||National Television Awards||Most Popular Newcomer||Emmerdale||Nominated|
|The British Soap Awards||Best Newcomer||Nominated|
|2009||Best Dramatic Performance||Nominated|
|2013||Behind the Voice Actors Awards||Best Female Vocal Performance in a Video Game||Xenoblade Chronicles||Nominated|
|Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game||Nominated|
|NAVGTR Awards||Supporting Performance in a Drama||Nominated|
|Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards||Favourite UK Actress||Doctor Who||Nominated|
|TV Choice Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|TV Times Awards||Favourite Newcomer||Won|
|2014||Glamour Awards||UK TV Actress||Won|
|2015||BAFTA Cymru||Best Actress||Doctor Who: "Kill the Moon"||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Supporting Actress on Television||Doctor Who||Nominated|
|TV Choice Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2017||Golden Nymph Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Drama TV Series||Victoria||Won|
|National Television Awards||Best Drama Performance||Nominated|
|2018||Movieguide Awards||Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance for TV||Nominated|
|National Television Awards||Best Drama Performance||Nominated|
|Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards||TV Actress of the Year||The Cry||Won|
|I Talk Telly Awards||Best Dramatic Performance||Won|
|2019||Logie Awards||Most Outstanding Actress||Won|
|Most Popular Actress||Nominated|
|BAFTA Scotland Awards||Best Actress in Television||Nominated|
|International Emmy Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|AACTA Awards||Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama||Nominated|
|2020||National Television Awards||Drama Performance||Victoria||Longlisted|
|2021||National Television Awards||Drama Performance||The Serpent||Pending|
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