Jenna-Louise Coleman wasn't a Doctor Who fan

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 December 2012
Jenna-Louise Coleman

Jenna-Louise Coleman

'Doctor Who' actress Jenna-Louise Coleman wasn't a fan of the show until she landed her audition for the programme

Jenna-Louise Coleman never watched 'Doctor Who' before her audition.

The former 'Coronation Street' and 'Waterloo Road' star will appear in the 'Doctor Who' Christmas special as the new companion Clara - after debuting as Oswin Oswald in 'Asylum of the Daleks' in season seven - but had no idea about any of the famous characters in the sci-fi show.

She said: "It was my gran's favourite programme, but I just never really watched it. I didn't know anything about the role of companion, really. I'd never actually seen a Cyberman ... It was a very long process, though. It took place over three months but I think, as I came to 'Doctor Who' with no expectations and so utterly fresh to it all, people liked that."

Describing herself as "restless", being in a steady role on such a popular programme threatens to change her life.

The 26-year-old beauty told Stella magazine: "On one level it already has [changed my life]! I've been filming non-stop since it was announced, so my life has really been taken over by 'Doctor Who' and nothing else ... I have to work the hardest at maintaining my friendships ... because I am never around. I suppose my friends are very tolerant."

Jenna-Louise is currently in a relationship with 'Game of Thrones' star Richard Madden, which is similarly difficult at times.

She said: "We both work hard, but he's coming back from filming soon, so ... It's good, work is good. We both know that."

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