Laurence Fox (Lewis) and Kate Fleetwood (Harlots) have joined the cast of ITV’s royal drama Victoria for its eight episode third season, which has now started filming for a premiere later this year.
Created by Daisy Goodwin, Victoria follows the life and reign of Queen Victoria. The drama series is produced by the ITV owned indie Mammoth Screen and stars Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) as Queen Victoria and Tom Hughes (Silk) as Prince Albert.
Fox has been cast as Lord Palmerston, the wayward Foreign Secretary; while Fleetwood plays Feodora, Victoria’s mysterious sister who makes an unexpected return into the Queen’s life. Further cast additions for season three include John Sessions, Lily Travers, Nicholas Audsley, David Burnett and Emily Forbes.
The show’s third season, will depict a turbulent and uncertain time for both Europe and the monarchy. With revolutions on the continent and the Chartist movement reaching its peak in London, Victoria is under pressure from the government to leave London for her own safety. “Victoria and Albert are the most famous couple of the nineteenth century, but underneath the united facade, their relationship is at breaking point and it is a struggle for mastery that neither side can win”, Daisy Goodwin said.
Victoria‘s third season was picked up by ITV back in December, after the third season attracted a consolidated audience of 6.4 million viewers and a 25% share. It was commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill and is being overseen by Senior Drama Commissioner Victoria Fea. David Boulter is the series producer, while Tipping The Velvet helmer Geoff Sax is directing the first block. The executive producers are Damien Timmer, Kate McKerrell and Daisy Goodwin for Mammoth Screen, and Rebecca Eaton for OBS’ Masterpiece.