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DOCTOR WHO: ‘Kerblam!’ – Who is Claudia Jessie?

Doctor Who - Series 11 - Episode 7 - Kerblam - Kira Arlo (CLAUDIA JESSIE)

BlogtorWho takes a look at Claudia Jessie, who’ll be starring as Kira Arlo in this week’s episode of Doctor Who, ‘Kerblam!

Claudia Jessie was born in Moseley, Birmingham in 1989, and since 2012 has appeared in a number of television series. Over the past six years, she has primarily taken on roles in period dramas and sitcoms, with many of these being recurring or leading roles.

Take a look at some of her career highlights to date below!

Constable Jessie, Reporting For Duty!

One of Claudia Jessie‘s biggest roles so far has been that of WPC Annie Taylor in BBC One‘s WPC 56. Set near Birmingham, the series followed the first women police constables to join the Brinford Constabulary in 1956. The first two series follow WPC Gina Dawson (played by Jennie Jaques), whilst the third focuses on her successor, Jessie‘s WPC Taylor.

Following on from this role, she went on to play another police officer in another BBC police drama, Line of Duty. She had a recurring role in the fourth series as goody-two-shoes DC Jodie Taylor, who idolized superior officer DCI Roz Huntley (Thandie Newton), often to a fault.

Doctor Jessie Will See You Now

In 2014, Claudia Jessie regularly appeared in long-running BBC One medical drama Doctors. She first appeared back in 2012 as Kate Marshall, before returning to play Poppy Conroy throughout the show’s sixteenth series.

Later, in 2017, Claudia Jessie took on a leading role in Dave‘s medical comedy Porters, which follows the porters at St. Etheldreda’s Hospital. She played nurse Lucy, and is set to reprise this role in the second series of the show, which is set to air in late 2018 or 2019. The second series is also set to star previous Doctor Who guest actor Daniel Mays (‘Night Terrors’).

Strange Goings-On, Online and At School…

Younger viewers might recognise Claudia Jessie from CBBC‘s interactive mystery drama web-series Dixi, which has been running since 2014. Jessie appeared in 100 episodes of the series as Shari, an avid user of fictional social network Dixi whose account is attacked by an unknown hacker.

Elsewhere in the world of children’s television, Claudia Jessie appeared as Sophia Danae in Series 3 of Nickelodeon mystery series House of Anubis, and special episode Touchstone of Ra. The series, which ran from 2011 to 2013, followed the mysterious goings-on at an elite British boarding school.

Claudia Jessie in Period Drama

Most recently, Claudia Jessie took on one of her biggest roles to date in ITV and Amazon Prime‘s adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s 1848 novel Vanity Fair. She appeared throughout the series as the kind-hearted but naïve Amelia Sedley. Jessie starred alongside a number of well-known actors, including Michael Palin, Simon Russell Beale, and Frances de la Tour. The series also featured a number of former Doctor Who guest stars, such as Claire Skinner (‘The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe’), Anthony Head (‘School Reunion’) and Suranne Jones (‘The Doctor’s Wife’).

Outside of Vanity FairClaudia Jessie has appeared in a number of period pieces, both on television and on film. She had minor roles in the BBC‘s The Paradise in 2013, and in the fifth series of (Graham’s favourite!) Call The Midwife in 2016. She also had a recurring role as Mary in the BBC‘s adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s 2004 novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. In addition, in 2017 she appeared in an episode of BBC One‘s Father Brown, which follows a mystery-solving Catholic priest in the 1950s.

On the big screen, she played Doris Cleavely in 2016 film Their Finest, which follows a British Ministry of Information film-making team working in the midst of the Second World War. The film also featured Doctor Who stars Helen McCrory (‘The Vampires of Venice’), Rachael Stirling (‘The Crimson Horror’), and Richard E. Grant (The Great Intelligence).

Claudia Jessie in Sitcoms

Outside the world of period drama, Claudia Jessie has taken on roles in a number of sitcoms. She appeared in an episode of BBC Three‘s Josh as a potential love interest of the eponymous main character, played by comedian Josh Widdicombe. She has also featured in BBC Four‘s Detectorists as hypnotherapist Dr. Hoffman in the show’s third series. As well as this, she appeared in Netflix and Channel 4‘s Lovesick as Tasha, the final person on protagonist Dylan Witter’s list of exes, each of whom he is attempting to contact after being diagnosed with chlamydia.


In this week’s episode of Doctor Who, Claudia Jessie will be playing Kira Arlo, a character who we know little about as yet. She appears to be an employee at Kerblam’s warehouse, but that’s all we can speculate for now. We’ll have to wait and see how she comes to be a part of the Doctor and friends’ latest adventure…


Doctor Who continues this Sunday 18th November with ‘Kerblam!‘ on BBC One and BBC America.

“Delivery for the Doctor!” A mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor, leading her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer: Kerblam! Guest starring Julie Hesmondhalgh and Lee Mack. Written by Pete McTighe. Directed by Jennifer Perrott.



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