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article imageDoctor Who: ‘Jenna’ Coleman to play Clara Oswald from now on

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jun 21, 2013 in Entertainment
Jenna Coleman will be the person credited as playing the Doctor’s companion, Clara Oswald, in all future episodes of the BBC-produced science-fiction television drama series.
Up till now, the actor playing Clara – who was first introduced in September 2012, in Steven Moffat's Asylum of the Daleks, and has been seen in ten full episodes so far – has been credited as Jenna-Louise Coleman.
Fans of the Jenna-Louise Coleman, however, need not fear, as Jenna is the same actor – it’s just that she’s decided to drop "Louise" from all future acting credits.
Jenna-Louise is Coleman’s birth name, and the stage name used since she began her professional acting career in 2005. All the parts she’s played since then – including Emmerdale (2005–9), Waterloo Road (2009), Titanic (2012) and Room at the Top (2011/12) – have been as Jenna-Louise Coleman.
According to the Express, “It is unknown why the 27-year-old Doctor Who star has decided to make Louise absent from all future acting credits.”
However, Radio Times points out, “The first public nod to [her] name change came when Coleman was introduced to the Queen as ‘Jenna Coleman’ during [the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II’s] visit to BBC Broadcasting House earlier this month.”
RadioTimes.com confirms that all press releases received by them – including for PD James’s Pride and Prejudice sequel Death Comes to Pemberley – in the past few weeks have referred to her as, simply, “Jenna Coleman”, and adds that they’ve been told that there is “no big story behind it – it’s just what she’s called now. There’s been no formal announcement.”
Doctor Who, starring Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, returns to TV screens on Saturday, 23 November 2013.
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