EXCLUSIVE: ITV and Mammoth Screen have found their Prince. Tom Hughes (Silk, The Game) has signed on for a co-starring role opposite Jenna Coleman in the commercial broadcaster’s upcoming 8 episode period drama Victoria, TVWise can reveal.
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.
Hughes will play Victoria’s love interest and eventual husband Prince Albert. First appearing in episode three, Prince Albert immediately makes an impression on the young queen, his first cousin. Although Victoria resisted attempts to rush her into marriage initially, her partnership with Albert was a success and they would ultimately produce nine children.
“I’m delighted to be part of this project. Victoria and Albert’s story is one that not only had a lasting impact on this country’s history, but also provides a rich depth of material to create an engaging and powerful series”, said Tom Hughes. “An historically informative, political, passionate love story. One that still feels relevant to modern life. Something that Daisy has captured perfectly with her scripts.”
Tom Hughes is the latest well known actor to board the cast of Victoria, which is now in production for a 2016 premiere. In addition to Jenna Coleman, the large cast also includes Peter Firth, Eve Myles, Rufus Sewell, Paul Rhys, Catherine Flemming, Adrian Schiller, Nichola McAuliffe, Daniela Holtz, Nell Hudson, Tommy-Lawrence Knight, Nigel Lindsay and Alice Orr-Ewing. Alex Jennings (Silk) has also boarded the series and will play King of Belgium Leopold I, who is also Victoria and Albert’s uncle.
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. The series, which will consist of one 90 minute episode followed by seven 60 minute episodes, 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. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will handle global sales.