If you are familiar with the long running BBC science fiction series “Doctor Who,” you might know of Clara Oswald, sometimes referenced as Soufflé Girl, played by Jenna Coleman.

Coleman, born on 27 April 1986 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, has developed a diverse resume of acting credits. Illustrating this point is the fact the Blackpool born actress has appeared in every genre from science fiction to period drama and populist soap opera.

Jenna Coleman (27 April 1986-)

Coleman began her acting career at an early age as a member of a theatre company called In Yer Space.

In 2005, while auditioning for drama schools, Coleman was cast as Jasmine Thomas in the long running ITV soap opera Emmerdale. It was for this performance the actress received critical acclaim and was consequently nominated for the Most Popular Newcomer award at the 2006 National Television Awards.

Like many British actors and actresses, Coleman has appeared in period dramas. She played the title character in the ITV drama series “Victoria.” Playing Queen Victoria accurately does not come easy. Coleman proved she has the talent to portray historical figures as they were in real life.

Reinforcing this point is the way in which the actress played, Annie Desmond in Julian Fellowes’ four-part mini-series “Titanic.” While there is no indication the character Coleman played was a real person on board the Titanic, many of the characters featured in the production were based on historical figures.