Jenna Coleman: 6 things you never knew about the Victoria star

As the Victoria actress returns for a second series, we bring you some facts about the former Doctor Who star.

Jenna Coleman has moved effortlessly from one time travelling job to another.

No sooner had she announced that she was to leave behind Doctor Who and the TARDIS than it was revealed she would be starring as Queen Victoria in ITV drama Victoria.

[Read more: Victoria series 2 - All you need to know]

To celebrate the show's second series, which returns on Sunday, August 27th, we bring you six things you might not know about the TV star.

1. She doesn’t know where her acting streak comes from

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Speaking about her childhood growing up in Blackpool, Jenna said of acting: “It’s something I’ve been doing from a really young age, but it’s not in the family at all.”

Meanwhile, she starred as a bridesmaid aged 11 in Summer Holiday alongside Darren Day. Although offered a place at York University to study English when she was 18, she turned it down because she was also offered the part of Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale.



2. She found it tough after leaving Emmerdale

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Jenna says of going to castings following her Emmerdale exit: “it was hard for people to see you in a different role”. She moved to London, was rejected from RADA and had to take on bar work to support herself. So instead, she decided to travel to Hollywood and try her luck in the TV pilot season out there. It paid off.

“I enjoyed the process and just reading different scripts,” she explained. “I came back to England a lot more fearless.” Soon, she was landing parts in BBC Four’s Room at the Top, Julian Fellowes’ Titanic and BBC Two’s Dancing on the Edge.

3. She does her own stunts!

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While filming the latest series of Doctor Who, Jenna revealed that she had done “a lot of hanging upside down”.

“Upside down on a cliff in Tenerife was new, but surprising,” she said in September 2015. “It looks so easy but it’s not at all. It was tricky because we could only do it in minute spurts, filming the scenes. I also had a scene where I was hanging outside of the TARDIS too, so it seems to be one of my specialities this series!”

4. She changed her name

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Albeit a slight change, but Jenna used to go by her full name, Jenna-Louise Coleman. When she dropped the Louise from her name, there were plenty of conspiracy theories. However, the reality is far more mundane.

“The boring truth is that people have never really called me Jenna-Louise and I just found it very strange because I started to do more interviews and go places where people I didn't know kept calling me Jenna-Louise. It sounded odd to me." Now, apparently it’s only her mum who still calls her Jenna-Louise!

5. She previously dated Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden

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Jenna and Richard were a sci-fi power couple when they began dating around 2011, with Jenna in Doctor Who and Richard having a starring role in Game of Thrones.

However, Coleman is now attached to her Victoria co-star Tom Hughes and there are rumours she is now engaed to her onscreen husband.

6. Peter Capaldi is what Jenna will miss most about Doctor Who

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Asked in an interview shortly after she confirmed that she would be departing Doctor Who what she would miss most about playing Clara Oswald, Jenna said: “I'll mainly miss Peter. [laughs] It's so rare that you get a show that is effectively a two-hander—it's you two, all day, every day. Also every day is different, there's no day that's the same.”

Meanwhile, asked how she thinks being a part of the show changed her as an actor, she replied: “I don't know the answer to that yet. To be honest, I think it's the people that you work with who change you the most.

"I think working with Peter has made me...not be scared of a right and a wrong—trying to do as many options as possible for the edit, exploring as much as possible and throwing ideas in the air and seeing where it takes you.”

Victoria series 2 starts on Sunday, August 27th at 9.05pm on ITV.

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