Jenna Coleman Biography

Jenna-Louise Coleman is a popular British actor well known for her portrayal of Clara Oswald in the television series ‘Doctor Who’. Let’s have a look at her family, personal life, career, achievements and some interesting facts.

Quick Facts

Birthday: April 27, 1986

Nationality: British

Famous: Actresses British Women

Age: 33 Years, 33 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Taurus

Born in: Blackpool, Lancashire, England

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'2" (157 cm), 5'2" Females


father: Keith Coleman

mother: Karen Coleman

City: Blackpool, England

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education: Arnold School

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Jenna-Louise Coleman is a popular British actor well known for her portrayal of Clara Oswald in the television series ‘Doctor Who’. She began acting at a young age as a member of ‘Yer Space’, a theatre company, where she was part of the play ‘Crystal Clear’ at Edinburgh Festival. The play received wide acclaim and Coleman received an award for her performance. Coleman got her first break when she grabbed the role of Jasmine Thomas in the soap opera ‘Emmerdale’ in 2005 and she continued with the show until its end in 2009. She received a nomination at the 2006 National Television Awards in the Most Popular Newcomer for her portrayal of Jasmine Thomas. Coleman made her film debut in 2011 as Connie in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’. Her biggest opportunity to display her versatility as an actress came through in 2016, when she was offered to essay the role of the erstwhile British Monarch Queen Victoria in the ITV series titled ‘Victoria’. From playing a schoolgirl Lindsay James in the BBC drama ‘Waterloo Road’ to playing the empress in ‘Victoria’, Coleman has come a long way in proving her mettle as fine actress.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Jenna Coleman was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England on April 27, 1986 to Karen and Keith Coleman. She has an older sibling by the name Ben. She went to Arnold School and was the head girl in the school. Coleman did not pursue a conventional university education as she turned down an offer to study English at York University to pursue her acting career.
  • She was attracted to acting during her school days and was passionately associated with Yer Space, which was highly instrumental in shaping her career as an actor.
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  • Jenna Coleman’s acting career began with a small role as a bridesmaid, Summer Holiday, co-starring Darren Day. She was 11 years old at that time. She followed-up her acting career in the Yer Space play ‘Crystal Clear’ at the Edinburgh Festival.
  • In 2005, she auditioned for the role of Jasmine Thomas in ‘Emmerdale’, a role that earned her wide popularity.
  • In 2009, she grabbed the role of Lindsay James in BBC’s school drama ‘Waterloo Road’ and later followed it up in 2012 with the role of Susan Brown in ‘Room at the Top’, the TV adaptation of the John Braine’s novel of the same name.
  • In 2011, she made her movie debut with ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ in the role of Connie, followed by the short film ‘Imaginary Forces’ in 2012, where she played Ellen. Her latest movie outing was in the role of Katrina Clark in the 2016 film ‘Me Before You’.
  • In 2016, Jenna Coleman agreed to portray the lead in ITV’s period drama ‘Victoria’, which gave her a chance to prove her acting prowess.
Major Works
  • Jenna Coleman’s other noteworthy roles on television include the role of Annie Desmond in the 2012 series ‘Titanic’, Rosie Williams in the 2013 ‘Dancing on the Edge’ and Lydia Wickham in the 2013 series ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’. She also appeared as herself in a 2013 comedy ‘The Five (ish) Doctors Reboot’, aspoof on ‘Doctor Who’.
  • She appears in ‘Xenoblade Chronicles’ since 2010 as ‘Princess Melia Antiqua’, the English version of the Japanese game of the same name. Since 2015, she appears as Clara Oswald in the video game ‘Lego Dimensions’.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 2006, she contended in the Most Popular Newcomer category at the National Television Awards for her role in ‘Emmerdale’. The popularity of her role in ‘Emmerdale’ continued through 2009, when she was nominated for Best Newcomer, Best Dramatic Performance, Sexiest Female and Best Actress categories at the British Soap Awards.
  • In 2012, she won nominations in the Best Female Vocal Performance in a Video Game and Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game at the Behind the Voice Actors Award for ‘Xenoblade Chronicles’.
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  • In 2013, Jenna Coleman received nomination in the Favorite UK Actress category at the Nickelodeon UK Kids Choice Awards’ and Best Actress category at the TV Choice Awards for her role in ‘Doctor Who’.
  • Her successful journey with ‘Doctor Who’ continued through 2014, when she won the UK TV Actress award at Glamour Awards.
  • In 2015, she was again nominated for her role in ‘Doctor Who’ in the Best Actress Category at the TV Choice Award and BAFTA Cymru in addition to Best Supporting Actress on Television category at the Saturn Awards.
  • Coleman has been nominated for awards at the Fantasy & Horror Films, Academy of Science Fiction and TV Quick Awards.
Personal Life
  • Jenna Coleman dated Richard Madden of the ‘Game of Thrones’ fame during 2011. They were termed as a power couple with both of them having powerful and popular roles on TV at the time they started dating.
  • Since 2016, Coleman is dating Tom Hughes, who appears as Prince Albert, her onscreen husband in the acclaimed TV series ‘Victoria’. The two first met on the sets of ‘Dancing on the Edge’. They kept their relationship under wraps for almost a year.
  • The rumor mills are rife that Jenna Coleman is engaged to Peter Hughes though there is no official announcement to this effect.
Humanitarian Work
  • Jenna Coleman is the ambassador for ‘One To One Children's Fund’, a non-profit organization. She plays an active role in the organization to raise awareness against the spread of HIV. The organization predominantly works in South Africa.
  • Coleman’s grandmother gave her the name Jenna after the character of Jenna Wade from ‘Dallas’, the most popular American drama series in the 1980. Priscilla Beaulieu Presley played the character of Jenna Wade in the series.
  • She changed her name Jenna-Louise Coleman to Jenna Coleman for the reason that no one really calls her by the name Jenna-Louise except her mother.
  • After her exit from ‘Emmerdale’, it was difficult for her to cast in other roles; and after facing rejection from RADA post her relocation to London, she had to take up work at a bar to sustain herself.
  • Coleman did all her stunts in ‘Doctor Who’ by herself without using a body double.
  • It is believed that Jenna Coleman and Peter Hughes have many intimate scenes in the upcoming season of ‘Victoria’. Coleman has justified that these scenes are integral to the story showing the love and passion between Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert.
  • She has expressed keen interest to star in Bond Movies as a Bond girl.
Net Worth
  • As of January 2017, Jenna Coleman has an estimated net worth of 1 million US dollars.

1. Me Before You (2016)

  (Romance, Drama)

2. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

  (Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi)

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