"I knew when I was 10 that I wanted to act full-time."Jenna Coleman (known before summer 2013 as Jenna-Louise Coleman) is a British actress, born in Blackpool on April 27, 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 historynote . (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 and reportedly one of PBS' highest-rated dramas in 20 years, a second series and 2017 Christmas special was swiftly commissioned, with a third confirmed for 2018. Rumours also continued 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. (Coleman ultimately did make a final cameo appearance as Clara towards the end of Capaldi's final episode.) In early 2018, Coleman took a hiatus from Victoria to film the lead role in a four-part BBC miniseries adapting Helen Fitzgerald's crime novel, The Cry.
Tropes associated with this actor's works include:
- 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 on the red carpet 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). In a 2017 interview promoting Victoria, Jenna explained simply that she generally wasn't offered parts that required nudity.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Generally speaking, Coleman has no problem masking her natural accent, even in interviews where she speaks with less of a pronounced accent in 2016 than she did when she launched her career. In Doctor Who, however, her accent evolved over time, starting out with one more noticeably RP than the Blackpool-tinged accent she began using in Series 8 (around the time, in fact, that Clara confirms on screen that she hails from Blackpool).
- Two First Names: A frequent pattern for some of the characters she's portrayed: Jasmine Thomas, Lindsay James, Annie Desmond, Clara Oswald. Her own real name is an example (theoretically three, if you count "Louise" as separate), Coleman eventually dropped the "-Louise" from her acting name in mid-2013, stating everyone just called her Jenna anyway.
- 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.