ITV has set the cast for Victoria.
Peter Firth (Spooks: The Greater Good), Eve Myles (You, Me & Them) and Rufus Sewell (The Man In The High Castle) have signed on for co-starring roles opposite Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) in the eight episode royal drama from Daisy Goodwin and Poldark indie Mammoth Screen, TVWise has learned.
Victoria is being hailed as an “ambitious landmark drama” which will follow the early life of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman), 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 the UK’s longest serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II earlier this year.
Peter Firth has been cast as the Duke of Cumberland, the Queen’s conniving uncle; Eve Myles as Mrs Jenkins, the Queen’s senior dresser; and BAFTA nominee Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first Prime Minister. Queen Victoria and Lord Melbourne immediately connected and their intimate friendship became a popular source of gossip that threatened to destabilise the Government – angering both Tory and Whigs alike.
Rounding out the cast is Paul Rhys (The Assets) as Sir John Conroy, Catherine Flemming (Simones Labyrinth) as the Duchess of Kent, Adrian Schiller (Endeavour) as Penge, Nichola McAuliffe (Agatha Raisin) as the Duchess of Cumberland, Daniela Holtz (Phoenix) as Baroness Lehzen, Nell Hudson (Outlander) as Miss Skerrett, Tommy-Lawrence Knight (The Sarah Jane Adventures) as Brodie, Nigel Lindsay (The Tunnel) as Sir Robert Peel and Alice Orr-Ewing (Pramface) as Lady Flora Hastings.
Set to air in 2016, Victoria hails from Mammoth Screen and was created by Television producer and novelist Daisy Goodwin, who will also serve as an executive producer alongside Dan McCulloch and Damien Timmer. Victoria was developed by Mammoth Screen’s Creative Director Rebecca Keane. Paul Frift is the series produce, while Doctor Foster helmer Tom Vaughan is directing the first three episodes. Production on Victoria is now underway in the North of England. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will handle global sales.