Creator / Jenna Coleman
aka: Jenna Louise Coleman

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 Oswald 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. (How Oswin and Clara are connected form the major arc for the second half of Series 7.)

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.

After leaving Doctor Who in 2015, Coleman took the leading role of Queen Victoria in the ITV miniseries Victoria that began airing in the UK in the summer of 2016 and aired in the US as part of Masterpiece Theatre in early 2017. A ratings hit in the UK, a second series and 2017 Christmas special was swiftly commissioned. Rumours also continue to swirl around whether she may return to Doctor Who at some point, given the open-ended nature of Clara's exit and some comments made by her former co-star Peter Capaldi during convention appearances in mid-2016, and Capaldi's subsequent announcement that he was leaving Doctor Who at the end of 2017.

Tropes associated with this actor include:

  • 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.
  • Catchphrase: When being interviewed on a TV or radio show, she often tends to greet the hosts and viewers/listeners with a cheery "Mooorrnning!".
    • More a "catch story" than a catchphrase, but her retelling the story of Capaldi accidentally getting drenched by an emergency shower during location shooting in a power station has become a hallmark of her convention appearances.
  • Character Tics: When doing photo ops with fans at conventions, inevitably points at them. This happens so frequently, a Twitter page was launched in 2016 called "Jenna Points".
    • Often squints her left eye a little and looks off the side when delivering an ironic or self-deprecating statement.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Occasionally displays elements of this during her Q&As at conventions, especially if she's with either Matt Smith or Peter Capaldi. (She has a particular fondness for retelling a story about Capaldi having a misadventure at a power station during location shooting and declaring that she always wanted to be a mermaid when she grew up.)
  • Distaff Counterpart: 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 and she stands as the first and only actor other than the Doctor to be credited first in a Doctor Who episode.
  • Distinguishing Mark: A birthmark on her left collarbone. Never seen on Doctor Who because the outfits she wore as Clara were too conservative, it is easily visible and distinguished in Victoria and Room at the Top.
  • 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.
    • On a few occasions she's outright addressed Peter in interviews, usually after having made a (kind) joke at his expense. A recent example, from a promotional video for Victoria, sees her choose Prince Albert over The Doctor as a companion during a Q&A, only to turn to the camera and say, sotto voce, "I didn't mean it, Peter! I didn't mean it!"
  • 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, abrasive 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 characters like Lydia. However, since teaming up with Peter Capaldi, her line delivery has slowed down a little.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Generally averted, particularly in Doctor Who where in other than a couple of episodes in which she wears short skirts, Clara dresses conservatively, and Victoria where there is even a scene in which she takes a bath, fully clothed. Outside of her TV work, Coleman also tends to dress conservatively in fashion and magazine photoshoots and as of 2017 is not even known to have been photographed in any sort of swimwear. The sole exceptions are the 2011-2012 miniseries Room at the Top and Dancing on the Edge in which Coleman was filmed briefly topless (for the former) and briefly in revealing lingerie (for the latter).
  • Must Have Caffeine: Jenna's love for coffee is a matter of public record.
  • Oop North: She's from Blackpool. Clara has repeatedly implied it's her home town as well.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She is only five-foot-two, requiring the use of a Scully Box when filming opposite Peter Capaldi, and when she appears at events with fellow Who veteran Karen Gillan, Gillan towers over her. Her (lack of) height was built into the promotional campaign for Victoria, based upon a monarch who, in real life, was actually several inches shorter than Coleman.
  • 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, apparently sinking the ship that had been established between Clara and the Eleventh Doctor, 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 occurred 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. (But neither Clara nor 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. During a reunion convention appearance in Washington in June 2016, Jenna poked fun at Peter for his initial "no romance" stance.
  • 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."
    • "I have left the TARDIS." Coleman announced her departure from the series on BBC Radio a couple of days before the start of Series 9's broadcast, generating widespread press coverage.
  • 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.
    • Jenna and her stylists are not oblivious to her eyes' appeal as she often wears make-up that emphasizes them.

Alternative Title(s): Jenna Louise Coleman