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Jenna Coleman to star in ITV's epic period drama, Victoria

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Filming will start on Victoria, a new eight-part epic drama about Queen Victoria starring Jenna Coleman, in October.

Jenna said: “I am delighted to be cast as Queen Victoria in this ambitious drama of her life. She is a vivid, strong, inspirational and utterly fascinating woman in British history and I can't wait to tell her story.”

The ambitious eight-part drama follows the early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18, through to her courtship and marriage to Price Albert.

Victoria went on to rule for 63 years, and was our longest serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II on 9th September this year.


Victoria will be made by Mammoth Screen, producers of Poldark (BBC1) and Endeavour (ITV), and the series is created and written by novelist Daisy Goodwin, in her screenwriting debut. The series will open with a 90-minute episode, followed by seven one-hour episodes.

The news comes following reports that Jenna had filmed her last scenes on Doctor Who. She's played the Doctor's assistant Clara Oswald for the past three years.