Interviewer: “What was your reaction when they first told you that you had the part, and where were you?”
Jenna-Louise Coleman: “I was in Marks and Spencers holding an avocado, having a debate about what goes best in an salmon salad.”
First: welcome to the family. Second: just in case you’re still wondering about what goes best in a salmon salad, here’s a recipe. Enjoy!
- 8 ounces smoked salmon
- One bag mixed salad leaves
- 1 medium avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
- cherry tomatoes, halved
- curled carrot strips
- 2-4 black olives
- sprouts to taste
- 4 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoons freshly-chopped chives
- garnish with lime wedges
Share the salad leaves between four serving plates and top with the avocado, tomato, olives, sprouts, and carrots strips. Arrange the smoked salmon on top.
To make the dressing, whisk together the avocado oil or olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and chives. Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle over the salads. Garnish with lime wedges. Serve at once.
New companion? x
From The Guardian:
Coleman, who is due to start work on the show next weekend, has had to keep the news of her new role secret. “A few members of my family knew but it’s a huge relief today to be able to phone up my flatmate and tell them,” she said.
“I’ve had a few conversations with Matt who’s been amazing. He texted me this morning wishing me good luck and ‘We’ll have the best time ever,’ I think were his words. So he’s been very supportive and very excited.”
Saying she was a fan of the show, the actor said that David Tennant and Billie Piper were probably the Doctor and companion she was most fond of – alongside Smith and Gillan, of course.
Coleman won her part on the show after impressing with her chemistry with Smith.
Coleman, who is 25 and from Blackpool, said that she hopes she is prepared for the huge interest that surrounds the show and the pressures that brings but is trying to focus on the job. “What I feel really comfortable with is the meetings that I’ve had with Matt and how much fun we had,” she said.
“That is what I’m focusing on and why I can’t wait to get on set, and read all the scripts and just start doing my job really,” she said. “So I think I’m trying not to really look at those pressures and just be excited about the job in itself.”
The actor found she’d got the job while she was in Marks & Spencer buying the ingredients for a salad. “I was in Marks & Spencers holding an avocado,” she laughed. “I put my basket down and left Marks & Spencers. But I couldn’t tell anyone so I went for a bit of a walk and tried to digest. It was really quite surreal.”
Height: 5ft 2in
Emmerdale - Jasmine Thomas (2005-2009)
Waterloo Road – Lindsay James (2009)
Room at the Top – Susan Brown (2010)
Captain America: the First Avenger - Connie (2011)
Dancing on the Edge - Rosie Williams (2012)
Imaginary Forces - Ellen (2012)
Titanic - Annie Desmond (2012)
Nominated for best newcomer at the 2006 British Soap Awards
Nominated for most popular newcomer at the 2006 National Television Awards
Nominated for best dramatic performance at the 2009 British Soap Awards
New Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman is best known for appearing in Emmerdale and Waterloo Road. Born in Blackpool, the 25-year-old has been acting since she began applying for a place at drama school in 2005, when she was spotted by Emmerdale’s producers and given the role of Jasmine Thomas in the soap.
Her performance in the drama, which saw her murdering her on-screen boyfriend and embarking on a lesbian affair, earned her best newcomer award nominations in 2006 and saw her tipped for best dramatic performance at the 2009 British Soap Awards. In the same year, she left Emmerdale and took a role in the BBC1 drama Waterloo Road, set in a school.
Leaving after making appearances in nine episodes, Jenna-Louise then began working in films, appearing in a TV adaptation of John Braine’s Room at the Top in 2010, and then landing a role in the Hollywood blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011.
She’ll soon be seen playing “cheeky little cockney” stewardess Annie Desmond in Julian Fellowes’s Titanic, which will begin screening on ITV1 from Sunday 25 March, and has also filmed her part in Dancing on the Edge, an upcoming five-part Stephen Poliakoff series for BBC2.
Jenna: “I want to get started already. I’m a huge fan of the show”. Of her favourite companion “Between Billie Piper & Karen Gillan.”“Matt Smith did my audition with me. It was fun and I felt like we were in it together.”
Steven Moffat: “We saw a lot of brilliant actresses. But Jenna was the only person going faster than Matt - he had to keep up!”
There will be 6 episodes this year, including the Xmas Special. Then 8 next year. Jenna’s character will first be seen at Xmas.
For more on Jenna, check out ‘Jenna-Louise Coleman: Ten Things about the new ‘Doctor Who’ star Why we’re watching: Jenna-Louise Coleman, actor and Wikipedia.
It’s become a common thread in recent Doctor Who episodes to emphasize the extent to which the appearance of a time-traveling eccentric in an inter-dimensional phone box tends to play havoc with a human’s sense of self. Davros taunts the Doctor about this in Journey’s End, mocking him for turning ordinary people into killers, while affecting a morality about holding a gun.
But if you were to sit with the Doctor, and go through the effect his arrival had on all of his companions, Mickey Smith is the one he should feel no guilt about whatsoever. OK, he stole the man’s girlfriend, but if we can take anything away from Mickey’s experience meeting his parallel world doppelganger Ricky Smith, it’s that the soldier was always within him, waiting to come out….
Doctor Who. 9th, 10th and 11th Doctor’s with their companions.
Sadly the tale of Adric ends with tragedy, which does rather undercut all the griping about how annoying a companion he could be. In the middle of another ruck with Cybermen, Adric finds himself stranded on a space-ship headed directly to Earth, the controls of which are locked by a logic puzzle. Cometh the hour, cometh the geek, and Adric sets to work, finishing in good time to save the day. But does he? No.
Here’s that final scene. Weird to think you used to be able to grapple with Cybermen, eh?
Anglophenia continues their companion series with a post on Adric. [Commence small break from thinking about the Doctor’s hair in the finale pics.]
Anglophenia continues their companion series with a post on Adric.
[Commence small break from thinking about the Doctor’s hair in the finale pics.]
Leela, the warrior