(born 27 April 1986), known as Jenna Coleman, is an English actress.
Her notable roles are Clara Oswald in the British television series
Doctor Who and Jasmine Thomas in the British soap opera Emmerdale.
Coleman was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, and began her acting
career at an early age as a member of a theatre company called In
Yer Space. While auditioning for drama schools in 2005, she was
chosen to play Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale. She received critical
acclaim for her performance and was nominated for the Most Popular
Newcomer award at the 2006 National Television Awards.
Coleman went on to play "hard girl" Lindsay James in the BBC
school-based drama series Waterloo Road, Susan Brown in a BBC Four
television adaptation of the John Braine novel Room at the Top,
Annie Desmond in Julian Fellowes' four part mini-series Titanic, and
Rosie in Stephen Poliakoff's original drama series Dancing on the
From 2012 to 2015, Coleman portrayed Clara Oswald, companion to the
eleventh and twelfth incarnations of the Doctor in the science
fiction series Doctor Who. She appeared as Lydia Wickham in the BBC
drama Death Comes to Pemberley.