Jenna-Louise Coleman: Doctor Who is 'hard'

Jenna-Louise Coleman finds it tough starring as Clara Oswald on 'Doctor Who' because her alter-ego is similar to herself and she much prefers putting on an accent

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Clara Oswald in The Name of the Doctor

Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara Oswald in The Name of the Doctor

Jenna-Louise Coleman finds 'Doctor Who' "hard" because her character is so similar to herself.

The 27-year-old actress uses her natural Blackpool accent in her portrayal of the Time Lord's companion Clara and she admits she finds it uncomfortable at times.

She said: "Clara is probably the closest to me I've ever played - especially in the last few years - and I find that hard. Doing an accent is much easier."

The actress' alter-ego has appeared in various incantations of herself throughout the series and Jenna-Louise says an explanation for who she really is will be revealed at the end of the current run of episodes on Saturday's (18.05.13) finale 'The Name of the Doctor'.

She added to Radio Times magazine: "In the beginning [of the episode] we see a Clara in the 60s, 70s and 80s, so there were lots of costume changes, which I love. Always one for a bit of dressing up, me. Love a red carpet!

"The Doctor's greatest secret is revealed, all his friends rally around to protect him and we finally understand why the Doctor has met Clara so many times."

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