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Jenna-Louise ColemanBorn: Sun 27th April 1986 (age: 28)
Jenna-Louise Coleman is an English actress who plays the Doctor's companion in the 33rd series of Doctor Who. Coleman made her first Doctor Who appearance on on the 1st September 2012, playing Oswin Oswald in the first episode of the series entitled Asylum of the Daleks.
Coleman was born in Blackpool, Lancashire. She attended Arnold School in Blackpool where she was Head Girl, and gained straight As in her A-levels. While at school, Coleman was a member of a theatre company, 'In Yer Space' with whom she performed at the Edinburgh Festival in the play Crystal Clear.
Whilst auditioning for drama schools, Coleman landed the part of Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale in 2005. In 2007 Coleman was nominated for two awards. At the British Soap Awards she was nominated as "Best Newcomer", and at the National Television Awards she was nominated as "Most Popular Newcomer". In May 2009 it was announced that Coleman would be joining BBC drama Waterloo Road, as "hard girl", Lindsay James.
In December 2010, it was announced that Coleman would be appearing in a new BBC Four television adaptation of the John Braine novel, Room at the Top playing the role of Susan Brown. The adaptation was originally intended to air in April 2011, however this was cancelled due to a rights dispute between the production company and Braine's Estate. The dispute was resolved by 2012 and the production company have confirmed the TV adaptation will broadcast in the "near future".
In 2011, she made her big screen debut in Captain America: The First Avenger and then landed the part of Annie Desmond in Julian Fellowes' four part mini-series Titanic. Coleman described the character of Annie as a "cheeky little cockney" and the "Eliza Doolittle" of the ship. She provided the voice acting for the character Melia in the English dub of the 2011 video game, Xenoblade Chronicles. In 2012 she was cast as in Stephen Poliakoff's original drama series Dancing on the Edge.
On 21 March 2012, Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat confirmed at a press conference that Coleman would replace Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill as the Doctor's companion alongside Matt Smith. She auditioned for the role in secrecy, pretending it was for something called Men on Waves, an anagram for "Woman Seven" as she would first appear in the programme's seventh series.
In June 2013 the actress was presented to the Queen at the BBC's new Broadcasting House in London, where she was introduced as just Jenna Coleman - the actress had decided to drop the "Louise" from her professional name at that point.
Jenna-Louise Coleman: Becoming the Companion