Torchwood ‘s Gwen Cooper and Clara Oswald will be meeting on screen sooner than you’d think – but, sadly, not in the Doctor Who universe.
Broadchurch star Eve Myles has joined the line-up of ITV’s brand new regal drama Victoria, which sees Jenna Coleman in the titular role.
The Ystradgynlais actress will star as Mrs Jenkins, the Queen’s senior dresser, in the ambitious eight-part drama follows the early life of Queen Victoria (Coleman), from her accession to the throne at the tender age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.
Myles, who was last seen on our screens in the comedy You, Me and Them, climbed Snowdon this summer to raise money for Pontypridd toddler, Dewi James . Myles is best known though for her role as Gwen Cooper in Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood, opposite John Barrowman.
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Neath-born actor Paul Rhys , who has starred in The Borgias, will also feature stars as Sir John Conroy, the ambitious controller of the Duchess of Kent’s household.
It is truly a stellar cast joining the recently departed Doctor Who companion, Coleman, it has also been announced that Tom Hughes (The Game, Dancing on the Edge, Silk) will star as Prince Albert.
Appearing in the drama from 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.
Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria
Tom Hughes said: “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. An historically informative, political, passionate love story. One that still feels relevant to modern life. Something that Daisy has captured perfectly with her scripts.”
Actor Tom Hughes will be the Prince Albert to Jenna’s Victoria
A stellar ensemble cast joins Jenna and Tom, including BAFTA-nominated actor Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first prime minister, Alex Jennings (The lady in the Van, Silk, Whitechapel) also stars as Leopold I, King of Belgium and uncle to both Victoria and Albert, who was responsible for arranging their marriage and Spooks’ Peter Firth is Victoria’s conniving uncle, the Duke of Cumberland.
Victoria will be made by Mammoth Screen, producers of Poldark (BBC One) and Endeavour (ITV), and the series is created and written by acclaimed novelist Daisy Goodwin, in her screenwriting debut.
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