Coleman fell for bratty character
Jenna Coleman has admitted she couldn't turn down a role in Death Comes To Pemberley because she couldn't wait to play an annoying character.
The Doctor Who star told the Radio Times she was drawn to playing Lydia Wickham in the TV adaptation of PD James's sequel to the Jane Austen classic Pride And Prejudice because the character was so different to her.
She said: "The director's note was, 'We should want to slap you in the face.' I just couldn't say no to it. When you read the book, Lydia is described as ignorant, idle, vain, volatile..."
Jenna, 27, added that her Doctor Who character was much more like her.
She said of playing Lydia: "I had so much dramatic licence, which I was really excited about. I play someone a lot closer to myself in Doctor Who, so I was craving something that gave me that great freedom."
Death Comes To Pemberley airs on BBC One over Christmas and is set six years on from Pride And Prejudice when, on the eve of the Darcys' annual ball, Lydia rushes out of a carriage screaming that her husband has been murdered.
Jenna admitted she thought fans of the classic might complain about a new story involving the famous characters.
Asked whether she worried people would say a literary masterpiece had been butchered with a sequel, she said: "Yes, because it's so precious.
"But what I love so much about it is it's these characters that you get to know so well in Pride And Prejudice and it's an opportunity to see their lives beyond that - to revisit characters you adore."