Jenna as Queen Victoria
Currently Filming / TBR Next Year
The story of the Queen at the age of 18, when she ascended the throne, through to her romance and marriage to Prince Albert.
Jenna as Katrina Clarka
June 3, 2016
A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she's taking care of.
Jenna as Clara Oswald
Airing on BBC1 / BBC America
I’m Clara Oswald. I’m the Impossible Girl. I was born to save the Doctor.
HARPER’S BAZAAR UK – Can you tell us a little bit about Shop Small and the role you play in helping small businesses?
I’m supporting Amex’s Shop Small campaign to encourage people to ‘shop small’ in the lead-up to Christmas in particular. And helping to shine a light on some my favourite independent shops.
Why do you think Small Business Saturday is such an important cause to support?
I think it’s important to encourage the creativity and individualism that small shops offer. I love to spend my Saturdays stumbling across a new independent store and finding an upcoming designer to offer something new for the home or for an individual gift. Also, the personal customer service, in your local coffee shop for example. I think variety and individualism is the key and one of things I adore so much about living in London.
How would you encourage people to support small businesses in their everyday lives?
It’s all about discovery, and finding those smaller, one-of-a-kind shops and taking enjoyment from it. It’s simple. I’ve really enjoyed sharing my tips and ‘finds’.
What was the first record you ever bought?
Cher, ‘The Shoop Shoop Song’ or Johnny Nash, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’.
What is your favourite film?
Hardest question ever, but I love classics like Bringing Up Baby, Betty Blue and Little White Lies. I am a big fan of Damien Chazelle too.
What do you have an irrational fear of?
Rollercoasters. Ironic after growing up in Blackpool.
What is your favourite childhood book?
Black Beauty strikes a chord. Alongside Enid Blyton’s The Wishing-Chair.
What is your signature dance move?
All about the hands. And a slight hip bob.
What surprises people about you?
That I am indeed of Scottish/English descent
Who was the first actress you were inspired by?
Maxine Peake at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, where I used to go on school trips.
What was a book that changed your life?
East of Eden, I remember reading the section about ‘Thou Mayest’ and finding it pretty profound wherever I was in my life at that point. Recently, I adored Donna Tartt’s Goldfinch, it felt very ‘big’.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
I was in Bali with a taxi driver and he was trying to explain his life philosophy through a language barrier and it came out as “making easy”. I love the simplicity of this. I also read a Ricky Gervais quote on Instagram today which was: “No one else knows that they’re doing either”, which gives me immense comfort.
What are you most proud of?
I am proud that all my girlfriends from school have maintained such close friendships for 16 years now, through school, university, moving to London, working in totally different fields, life moving in different directions and now entering our 30s together.
What are the skincare products you can’t live without?
Bioderma, Su-Man toner, Linda Meredith Q3, Sisley Black Rose mask, [which is] especially good for a flight.
What is your signature scent?
Acqua di Parma Ginepro Di Sardegna.
What is the best beauty tip you’ve ever been given?
Ice your face for two minutes after cleansing – the cheapest and most powerful trick. It also wakes you up.
How do you keep in shape?
I really believe in functional medicine and try to put a lot of vitamins into my body. I switch between yoga and jogging, As of recent, a bit of horse-riding too.
Who is your beauty icon?
Keira Knightley. I think she has such a Romantic grace about her. (source)
HUFFINGTON POST UK – For the latest in our WISE WORDS interview series – where stars from a whole range of fields share the important life lessons they’ve learned along the way – we’re posing some of the big questions to JENNA COLEMAN.
Following her roles in ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘Waterloo Road’, Jenna broke through as one of Doctor Who’s most popular ever companions Clara Oswald.
Since then, she’s taken the title role as the young Queen in the ITV drama ‘Victoria’. In her capacity as an ambassador for American Express Shop Small, she spoke to HuffPostUK about what she’s learned along the way, and why her family would never let her get away with any queenliness herself…
How do you switch off from the world?
I take a bath. Or I read. Or both at once. Sometimes I go for a long walk.
How do you deal with negativity that comes your way?
If it’s justified, I’ll have a think, I try to take it on board. Sometimes it takes a phone call to my mum to rationalise. She’ll tell me, ‘Chin up.’ I do try to learn something from it.
When and where are you at your happiest?
I love being on an aeroplane. It means I can switch off, but I also like the switching of environments. There’s something about being in the clouds.
I also like being around my school-friends in London. It brings me back to who I’ve always been. They’re very supportive of my work, but they don’t let me take myself too seriously.
What has been the best piece of advice you’ve received?
I was in Bali, and I was struggling to communicate with my taxi driver, we had a language barrier. But we ploughed on, and he was trying to explain some philosophy, and he came up with ‘Making easy.’ And I’ve always remembered it.
What has been the hardest lesson you’ve had to learn?
You can’t fix everything.
What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
Don’t worry so much; Have more faith in yourself and your instincts; Don’t try so hard to fit in.
What three things are at the top of your to-do list?
Learn the piano; Learn French; Get better at photography.
What do you think happens when we die?
After watching ‘Black Mirror’, I’d want to ask Charlie Brooker. I’d like we think we go to some special place, but maybe we just come back as grass.
When do you feel in the presence of something bigger than ourselves?
When we look at the Supermoon, or we’re anywhere where we look up and see the stars.
What quality do you most treasure in relationships?
Unconditional love, when you’re doing something for another person without expecting a reward.
What keeps you grounded?
Northern pragmatism and humour. I can just see my family’s face if I went home and tried to indulge in some queenliness a la Victoria. I wouldn’t last long.
What the most recent act of kindness you received?
I got into a cab, and I told the driver ‘I’m having such a bad day.’ And he thought I said ‘It’s my birthday’ so he proceeded to sing Happy Birthday to me, the whole song. I didn’t have the heart to stop him, and it actually cheered me up a lot.
Updated the gallery adding new outtakes from The Guardian photoshoot – from few months ago – and replaced the ones we already had with HQs. Big thanks to my friend Emily for them!
Be sure to check them in our gallery! And please, credit if repost :)
HQ digital scans from the October issue of Glamour UK – which features Jenna on the cover and with a beautiful editiorial inside – have now been added to the gallery. With BIG thanks to Emily for them! Enjoy :D
Yesterday (August 31), Jenna was guest at BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, where she talked with Nick Grimshaw about hew new drama Victoria. Some photos of Jenna during the interview have now been added to the gallery:
For the appearance she wore a Isa Arfen from the AW2016 collection. She looked really royal and great! Some photos of her outside the BBC Radio 1 studios have been added to the gallery as well: