After days of rumours, ITV has confirmed the casting of Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman in their lavish eighth part drama series Victoria, which follows the early days of Queen Victoria’s reign in the 19th century.
Jenna Coleman will play Queen Victoria. “I am delighted to be cast as Queen Victoria in this ambitious drama of her life”, said Coleman. “She is a vivid, strong, inspirational and utterly fascinating woman in British history and I can’t wait to tell her story.”
Due to the casting, Coleman will be exiting Doctor Who ahead of the show’s tenth season. Rumours have been circulating for the past year that Coleman would be leaving the show, after she came very close to quitting last year. Coleman confirmed her exit on BBC Radio 1 this morning.
Victoria is being hailed as an “ambitious landmark drama” which will follow 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 the UK’s longest serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II earlier this month.
Television producer and novelist Daisy Goodwin created the series – which has received an order for one 90 minutes episodes and seven hour-long episodes – and will pen the scripts, making this her screenwriting debut. Goodwin will also serve as an executive producer alongside Dan McCulloch and Damien Timmer. Victoria was developed by Mammoth Screen’s Creative Director Rebecca Keane. Casting for the remaining roles is currently underway, with production set to commence next month. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will handle international sales.