The interview, which appears in the Weekend supplement, coincides with the 25-year-old’s appearance in ITV’s Titanic (Sundays, 9pm) and was conducted at the series’ launch party – obviously before the big announcement!
Coleman plays Annie Desmond, a stewardess, in Titanic, written by Julian Fellowes (responsible for Downton Abbey and the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Crooked House). She told Richard Barber and Tim Oglethorpe:
“Annie’s a young woman with aspirations, determined to work her way up on the Titanic. She’s got a lowly job, but she’s confident, enjoys her job and takes pride in it. She’s a cockney, which is about as far removed from my own Lancashire background as it’s possible to be. So I did some “cockney research”.
“Watching Barbara Windsor in EastEnders was definitely helpful! I also went to the Titanic exhibition in London before I auditioned, and that gave me a feel for the sheer scale of both the ship and the tragedy that befell it.”
And Jenna clearly likes to immerse herself in the character; she explains:
“I found a book containing all the notes from Violet Jessop, a young stewardess who survived the sinking. It helped me create a back-story in my mind for Annie. I was able to imagine her going for her interview and seeing the ship for the first time.”