Jenna-Louise Coleman, known as Jenna Coleman, is an English actress. She is best known for her role as 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 a young age as a member of a theatre company called "In Yer Space." While auditioning for drama schools in 2005, Coleman was chosen to play Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale in 2005. She received critical acclaim for performance and was nominated for the Most Popular Newcomer award at the 2007 National Television Awards. She 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 Edge. Coleman made her feature film debut in 2011 as the character Connie in Captain America: The First Avenger. Since 2012, the actress has portrayed Clara Oswald, companion to the Eleventh and later Twelfth Doctors in the science fiction series Doctor Who.