But it seems the latest chapter of the young queen’s life was more than worth the wait for fans, with the series introducing a whole host of new characters for what writer Daisy Goodwin described as “one the most difficult periods” in Victoria’s 63-year reign.
A very engaging and tense start to #Victoria. Intrigued by the new characters. Lord Palmerston definitely makes an entrance. Jenna and Tom were wonderful again as Victoria and Albert. Felt like seeing old friends.
@LozzaFox Loved you as Lord Palmerston in last nights Victoria. He could barely contain his rudeness even in front of the Queen but there was no doubt of his total conviction in himself and contempt for those In disagreement. Flirtatious too. More please.
But while Fox admitted that his portrayal of Palmerston may have “a bit of the Boris” about him, he told RadioTimes.com that the character was a little more like Willy Wonka in his eyes.
Speaking at the Victoria press day last year, Fox explained, “Boris is a bit self-serving. Palmerston… he’s got huge ego and wants to be adored, but he also wants what’s best for the country. He’s a little more Gene Wilder for me.
“I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been one of the most fun acting jobs I’ve had. After Lewis, I’m quite often cast as thoughtful characters. Palmerston’s quite alpha and brash and clever so it was really fun. I am swagger and twinkle.”