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 acclaim and Coleman received an award for her performance. Coleman got her first big break when she landed the role of ‘Jasmine Thomas’ in the soap opera ‘Emmerdale’ in 2005. She continued appearing in the show until its end in 2009. She received a nomination at the 2006 ‘National Television Awards’ for ‘Most Popular Newcomer’ for her portrayal of ‘Jasmine Thomas.’ Coleman made her film debut in 2011 when she played ‘Connie’ in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger.’ Her biggest opportunity to display her versatility as an actress came in 2016 when she was offered to essay the role of erstwhile British Monarch Queen Victoria in the ITV series ‘Victoria.’ From playing a schoolgirl named ‘Lindsay James’ in the BBC drama ‘Waterloo Road’ to playing an empress in ‘Victoria,’ Coleman has come a long way in proving her mettle as a fine actor.
Childhood & Early Life
Jenna Coleman was born on April 27, 1986, in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, to Karen and Keith Coleman. She has an older sibling by the name Ben. She went to ‘Arnold School’ where she was the head girl. Coleman did not pursue a conventional university education and turned down an offer to study English at the ‘York University’ in order to pursue her acting career.
She was attracted to acting during her school days and was passionately associated with ‘Yer Space,’ which was 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 in ‘Summer Holiday.’ She was 10 years old at that time. She furthered her acting career by playing a role in the play ‘Crystal Clear’ at the ‘Edinburgh Festival.’
In 2005, she auditioned for the role of ‘Jasmine Thomas’ in ‘Emmerdale,’ a role that earned her widespread popularity.
In 2009, she landed the role of ‘Lindsay James’ in BBC’s school drama ‘Waterloo Road.’ In 2012, she landed the role of ‘Susan Brown’ in ‘Room at the Top,’ a TV adaptation of John Braine’s novel of the same name.
Meanwhile, in 2011, she made her movie debut with ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ where she played the role of ‘Connie.’ She followed it up with a short film titled ‘Imaginary Forces’ (2012), where she played ‘Ellen.’
She played the role of ‘Katrina Clark’ in the 2016 film ‘Me Before You.’ In 2016, she also agreed to portray the lead in ITV’s period drama ‘Victoria,’ which gave her a chance to prove her acting prowess.
‘The Old Vic’ theatre in London's West End announced in September 2018 that Coleman had joined the cast of a production of ‘All My Sons.’ The play ran from April 13 to June 8, 2019.
As of 2020, Jenna Coleman is filming a TV series titled ‘The Serpent’ where she is playing the role of ‘Marie-Andrée Leclerc.’
Jenna Coleman’s other noteworthy roles on television include the role of ‘Annie Desmond’ in the 2012 series ‘Titanic’; ‘Rosie Williams’ in the 2013 series ‘Dancing on the Edge’; and ‘Lydia Wickham’ in the 2013 series ‘Death Comes to Pemberley.’ She also appeared as herself in a 2013 comedy titled ‘The Five (ish) Doctors Reboot.’
In 2010, she voiced the character of ‘Princess Melia Antiqua’ in the English dub of a Japanese game titled ‘Xenoblade Chronicles.’ In 2015, she voiced ‘Clara Oswald’ in the video game ‘Lego Dimensions.’
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Awards & Achievements
In 2006, she was nominated under 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 under ‘Best Newcomer,’ ‘Best Dramatic Performance,’ ‘Sexiest Female,’ and ‘Best Actress’ categories at the ‘British Soap Awards.’
In 2013, she was nominated under ‘Best Female Vocal Performance in a Video Game’ and ‘Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game’ categories at ‘Behind the Voice Actors Award’ for ‘Xenoblade Chronicles.’
In 2013, Jenna Coleman received a nomination under ‘Favorite UK Actress’ category at the ‘Nickelodeon UK Kids Choice Awards.’ She was also nominated under ‘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 once again nominated for her role in ‘Doctor Who’ under ‘Best Actress’ category at the ‘TV Choice Awards.’ She was also nominated under ‘Best Supporting Actress on Television’ category at ‘Saturn Awards.’
In 2017, she won the ‘Golden Nymph Award’ for ‘Outstanding Actress in a Drama TV Series’ for her role in ‘Victoria.’
In 2018, she won two awards, namely ‘Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Award’ and ‘I Talk Telly Award.’
In 2019, she won the ‘Logie Award’ under ‘Most Outstanding Actress’ category for her role in the series ‘The Cry.’
Jenna Coleman dated Richard Madden of ‘Game of Thrones’ fame during 2011. They were labeled ‘power couple’ by the media as both of them were portraying powerful roles on TV at the time they started dating.
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In 2015, Coleman started dating Tom Hughes who appears as ‘Prince Albert,’ her on-screen 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.
Rumor has it that Jenna Coleman is engaged to Tom Hughes. However, there is no official announcement regarding the same.
Jenna Coleman is the ambassador for ‘One To One Children's Fund,’ a non-profit organization. She plays an active role in the organization’s effort to raise awareness about the spread of HIV. The organization predominantly works in South Africa.
She was named after ‘Jenna Wade,’ a character from ‘Dallas.’ ‘Dallas’ was the most popular American drama series in 1980. Priscilla Beaulieu Presley played the character of ‘Jenna Wade’ in the series.
Although she was originally named Jenna-Louise Coleman, she changed her name to Jenna Coleman as no one except her mother calls her by her original name.
After her exit from ‘Emmerdale,’ it was difficult for her to land other roles. After facing rejection at RADA post her relocation to London, she had to take up work at a bar to sustain herself.
In ‘Doctor Who,’ Coleman did not use a body double and did all her stunts by herself.
It is believed that Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes have many intimate scenes in the upcoming season of ‘Victoria.’ Coleman has justified that these scenes are integral to the story as it shows 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.
As of 2020, Jenna Coleman has an estimated net worth of five million US dollars.