Jenna Coleman (known before summer 2013 as Jenna-Louise Coleman) is a British actress, born in Blackpool in 1986. She is best known for playing companion Clara on Doctor Who alongside Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor, and later alongside Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor. She made her first appearance as Clara in the mid-series 7 Christmas Episode. She actually first appeared in the series 7 opener "Asylum of the Daleks" as a character named Oswin Oswald, in the most successfully guarded secret in series history.Some of her other roles include Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale, Lindsay James in Waterloo Road, Connie (one of Steve and Bucky's dates at the fair) in Captain America: The First Avenger, and the voice of Melia in the English dub of Xenoblade.Coleman played Annie Desmond in the 2012 miniseries Titanic, one of many productions dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. In 2013, she enjoyed her first full year as a Doctor Who companion and appeared in Dancing on the Edge, a series about a black jazz band in the 1930s. She also portrayed an older Lydia Wickham in the 2013 BBC adaptation of P. D. James' detective novel Death Comes to Pemberley.Until 2015 or early 2016 was dating Richard Madden, aka King Robb Stark of Game of Thrones.
Tropes associated with this actor include:
- Acting for Two: Well, more than two... In addition to the main one, she portrays several different alternate versions of Clara in Doctor Who. In the minisode "Clara and the TARDIS", this extends to portraying multiple versions of the same Clara. And she played "evil impersonator" Bonnie, a TARDIS recreation of Clara and the shape-shifter Saibra in "Time Heist" at one point, too.
- Adorkable: often comes out this way in interviews and Q&A sessions, especially when talking about Doctor Who, and equally with Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi. And anytime she's asked to do her Christina Ricci-as-Wednesday Addams impersonation.
- This blooper from "Face the Raven" (spoiler alert for the episode's ending) is a prime example.
- And then there's this early 2013 interview with Matt Smith in which she reveals herself to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan and adorably bops her head along to the music as Smith attempts to sing the theme song.
- Catchphrase: When being interviewed on a TV or radio show, she often tends to greet the hosts and viewers/listeners with a cheery "Mooorrnning !".
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Occasionally displays elements of this during her Q&As at conventions, especially if she's with either Matt Smith or Peter Capaldi.
- DistaffCounterpart: Although this applies more to the character of Clara than to the actress, Jenna Coleman has still made history as the first woman to ever utter the words "I'm the Doctor" on screen - not once, but twice, with the second occasion being intended as a full-out impersonation.
- To put a bow on the second occasion, it is Jenna Coleman's eyes, not Capaldi's, that are featured in the opening credits to the episode.
- Intergenerational Friendship: with Peter Capaldi. Despite a more than 25-year age difference, she and her Doctor Who co-star struck up a deep friendship based upon not only their shared experiences, but also common interests. On multiple occasions, Coleman has remarked at how unusual it is for someone of her age to have such a friendship with someone of Peter's age, and at a June 2016 convention in Denver, Colo., she directly identified him as one of her best friends.
- The Klutz: In an interview early on during her time on Who she mentioned that her "running down corridors and falling over and tripping over props" was a "daily occurrence". Given that she was working alongside Matt Smith, fans began sending their prayers to the Doctor Who prop department.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Applies to some of the more antiheroic, abrassive or calculating characters she's played (e.g. Lydia). Most of her roles to date have been like this, with even Clara occasionally showing some of these traits, especially during Series 8. In contrast, Jenna is polite and soft-spoken, has a cheeky sense of humour at times, and is very fond of her kid fans.
- Motor Mouth: Rumor has it that one of the reasons she won the part is that she can talk even faster than Matt Smith. This is also quite noticeable in some of her period character like Lydia. However, since teaming up with Peter Capaldi, her line delivery has slowed down a little.
- Oop North: She's from Blackpool. Clara has repeatedly implied it's her home town as well.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She is only about five feet tall, making her nearly a whole foot shorter than Karen Gillan.
- Shipper on Deck: While Peter Capaldi and others were swearing up and down in 2014 that there would be no flirting or romance between the Twelfth Doctor and Clara, Coleman was boldly stating at conventions that, for example, when Clara says "I love you" at the end of "Mummy on the Orient Express" she wasn't addressing it to her boyfriend, Danny, but to The Doctor. At a 2015 convention, another example occured when she mentioned in front of fans that she always felt Clara realised she was in love with the Eleventh Doctor only hours before he regenerated into the Twelfth. (Neither her or either of the two incarnations would be fond of admitting this openly.) By the time Series 9 rolled around, Coleman was often mentioning in interviews the bond and love between the Doctor and Clara and had pretty much convinced Capaldi to come around as by September 2015 both were openly and directly referring to the relationship between the Doctor and Clara as a romance, albeit not a traditional one.
- Two First Names: Her own name (theoretically three, if you count "Louise" as separate), but curiously enough, also a frequent pattern for some of the characters she's portrayed: Jasmine Thomas, Lindsay James, Annie Desmond, Clara Oswald. (For her part, Coleman dropped the "-Louise" from her acting name in mid-2013, stating everyone just called her Jenna anyway.)
- Wham Line: "To the Doctor": Coleman's reply when asked at two separate fan convention Q&A events in the fall of 2014 who Clara addressed the line "I love you" to in "Mummy on the Orient Express."
- What Beautiful Eyes!: Coleman's large, expressive eyes are not only a notable feature in real life, but in Doctor Who her character's eyes are often referenced in dialogue, with a Running Gag established in Series 8 about how they disturb the Doctor and in Series 9 the Doctor refers to them as the trait that impacts him the post.