Jenna-Louise Coleman is to join Doctor Who as Matt Smith's new companion.
25 year old Jenna-Louise (represented by Troika), is originally from Blackpool. Whilst auditioning for drama schools, she landed the part of Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale in 2005 and went on to play "hard girl" Lindsay James in Waterloo Road. She will soon appear as Annie Desmond in Julian Fellowes's new ITV1 drama Titanic.
She will take over from Karen Gillan, who has played Amy Pond in the show for the past two series, in what showrunner Steven Moffat described as "a very, very different way for the Doctor to meet his new friend".
The writer refused to even reveal the name of Coleman's character in the show. "Who she's playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters," Moffat said. "Even by the Doctor's standards, this isn't your usual boy meets girl."
Jenna-Louise 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."
She will make her first appearance in the Doctor Who 2012 Christmas special.