Height: 5ft 2in
Emmerdale - Jasmine Thomas (2005-2009)
Waterloo Road – Lindsay James (2009)
Room at the Top – Susan Brown (2010)
Captain America: the First Avenger - Connie (2011)
Dancing on the Edge - Rosie Williams (2012)
Imaginary Forces - Ellen (2012)
Titanic - Annie Desmond (2012)
Nominated for best newcomer at the 2006 British Soap Awards
Nominated for most popular newcomer at the 2006 National Television Awards
Nominated for best dramatic performance at the 2009 British Soap Awards
New Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman is best known for appearing in Emmerdale and Waterloo Road. Born in Blackpool, the 25-year-old has been acting since she began applying for a place at drama school in 2005, when she was spotted by Emmerdale’s producers and given the role of Jasmine Thomas in the soap.
Her performance in the drama, which saw her murdering her on-screen boyfriend and embarking on a lesbian affair, earned her best newcomer award nominations in 2006 and saw her tipped for best dramatic performance at the 2009 British Soap Awards. In the same year, she left Emmerdale and took a role in the BBC1 drama Waterloo Road, set in a school.
Leaving after making appearances in nine episodes, Jenna-Louise then began working in films, appearing in a TV adaptation of John Braine’s Room at the Top in 2010, and then landing a role in the Hollywood blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011.
She’ll soon be seen playing "cheeky little cockney" stewardess Annie Desmond in Julian Fellowes's Titanic, which will begin screening on ITV1 from Sunday 25 March, and has also filmed her part in Dancing on the Edge, an upcoming five-part Stephen Poliakoff series for BBC2.
In the meantime, see her for yourself as Emmerdale's Jasmine as she heads for that climactic moment with her fella:
It's traditional for both Doctors and companions to play their roles as versions of themselves, so take a look at JLC out of character. Here she is being interviewed on Loose Women:
So what do you think? Unless Steven Moffat has a big surprise for us, Jenna-Louise Coleman is going to be the companion in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary year. Is she a worthy successor to the original trio of Susan, Ian and Barbara?