Doctor Who actress Jenna-Louise Coleman has revealed she has never been on a date, simply because she’s too shy.
Coleman, who took the part of the Time Lord’s mysterious companion Clara Oswald last year, says her childhood background of moving from a small secondary school to a bigger private school has made her awkward around other people.
“If I’m with a group of people I’m OK, but I’m actually quite a nervous person if I’m just one to one with somebody,” she told Radio Times. “I’ve got a lot better as I’ve got older. I think it was going from eight people in a tiny, tiny school to being surrounded by loads of people… I’d never been on a date in my life ever because the idea of just being sat with one person… I’m making myself sound socially inept here and I’m absolutely fine in a group of people but I am quite shy.”
The actress also responded to stories run by the Daily Mirror in April about bullies at her school and how her parents were declared bankrupt after their family business, Coleman Interiors Ltd, went bust in 2007. The pieces quoted supposed friends and have taken their toll on her and her family.
“It’s difficult when it involves your family. I know there was a lot of knocking on neighbours’ doors and lots of friends approached on Facebook – all kinds of stuff like that. That’s quite unsettling, it really is. Mum and Dad were absolutely great about it and we’re just relieved that it went out early and hopefully might mean nobody is going to be knocking on their door anymore.”
Coleman went on to say that press attention, combined with her shy disposition, has made her wary of what she says in interviews – especially when it comes to the subject of her boyfriend, Game of Thrones star Richard Madden.
“I’m a bit embarrassed. I’m quite a chatterbox. I could chat all day about my boyfriend, but when I see it in print there’s something that makes me feel shy all of a sudden. I think it’s the idea of being, ‘Hey, everybody look at me!’ I don’t like it looking as if I’m talking about myself a lot, as if I think I’m great.”
Pick up the new issue of Radio Times (on sale now) to read the full Doctor Who interview – in which Jenna tells us just how hard it’s been keeping the secrets of the much anticipated finale and Matt Smith warns “never Google yourself.”