Jenna Coleman to star as Queen Victoria in major new ITV drama Victoria

Company News September 22, 2015

Jenna Coleman is to play a young Queen Victoria in ITV’s new drama series Victoria, after quitting her role as Doctor Who assistant Clara Oswald. She will play Queen Victoria from the age of 18 as she ascends to the throne.

The actress said she was “delighted” to be starring in “ambitious” ITV drama Victoria, which will chart the early years of the monarch’s 63-year reign and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.

“She is a vivid, strong, inspirational and utterly fascinating woman in British history and I can’t wait to tell her story,” said Coleman.

Queen Victoria was the UK’s longest serving monarch until being overtaken by Elizabeth II earlier this month. She will be brought to life for Mammoth Screen’s production by acclaimed novelist Daisy Goodwin in her screenwriting debut.

Daisy will serve as executive producer alongside Dan McCulloch (Endeavour, Indian Summers) and Mammoth Screen’s Managing Director Damien Timmer (Parade’s End, Poldark).

The series will open with a 90-minute episode, followed by 7 one-hour episodes. Tom Vaughan (Doctor Foster, He Knew He Was Right, Starter For Ten) opens the series as director and Paul Frift (Doctor Who, That Day We Sang, Room at the Top) will produce the landmark series.

Further casting is underway for the drama, which starts filming in locations around the North of England this October.

Victoria has been commissioned by ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.