Tom Hughes is to star alongside Jenna Coleman in ITV’s major new drama Victoria. The Game and Dancing on the Edge actor will play Prince Albert’s alongside Coleman’s titular Queen of England in the eight-part series, appearing in the show from episode three, with Albert straight away making an impression on the young queen.
“I’m delighted to be a part of this project,” said Hughes. “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… that still feels relevant to modern life.”
Writer and executive producer of the show Daisy Goodwin added: “We are very lucky to have Tom Hughes to play this complex and charismatic character, often called the greatest king we never had.”
It’s been two months since ITV’s new drama Victoria began filming and – if you’ve been keeping a close eye on Coleman’s Instagram feed – you’ll know to expect plenty of extravagant country piles and stunning views of Northern England countryside.
The drama also boasts a powerful supporting cast, including BAFTA-nominated actor Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first prime minister, an intimate friendship which caused much gossip. Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van) will also be starring as King Leopold I of Belgium, uncle to Victoria and Albert, responsible for their marriage.
Queen Victoria and her consort Albert went on to have a happy union until his death in 1861, producing nine children. Victoria had been Britain’s longest serving monarch up until the 9th of September this year, when Elizabeth II overtook her.
Coleman is best known for starring as companion Clara Oswald in Doctor Who, a role she departed in dramatic fashion at the end of the most recent series.