Jenna Coleman quits Doctor Who for £10 million ITV drama
Jenna Coleman has quit Doctor Who after landing the lead in a £10 million ITV drama about Queen Victoria.
The 29-year-old actress has played the Time Lord’s assistant Clara Oswald since 2012, and before that played Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale.
In the new eight-part series titled Victoria, Coleman will play Queen Victoria from when she was crowned queen at the age of 18 in 1837, to the early years of her 63-year reign.
A source told the Daily Mirror: ”Jenna clinching the role has been a closely guarded secret. There’s a lot of excitement about the series”.
Victoria is being written by novelist Daisy Goodwin and produced by the team behind Poldark.
Rumour has it that Coleman has already shot her final Doctor Who scenes alongside Peter Capaldi, and that she will make her exit from the sci-fi series ahead of the show’s Christmas special.
Capaldi, who plays the titular Doctor, has been vocal about his fondness for his co-star, saying:
”I was so lucky it was Jenna because it might not have worked with anyone else. It’s tricky to come into a long-established show, especially as the lead, and Jenna has proved to be a wonderful actress and friend”.
Open the bets for who shall replace her!