Tom Hughes joins the cast of Sky’s A Discovery of Witches

Exclusive: The Victoria star will play another historical figure in the fantasy romance

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After years of playing Prince Albert for ITV’s Victoria, Tom Hughes is set to take on another historical figure for Sky Original fantasy drama A Discovery of Witches.

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RadioTimes.com can exclusively reveal that Hughes will join the cast of the Deborah Harkness adaptation for its upcoming second season to play Christopher “Kit” Marlowe, the real-life playwright (and rival to Shakespeare) who wrote Doctor Faustus and many other works.

“I’m looking forward to stepping into Deborah’s fantastical world to play such a fascinating man as Kit Marlowe,” Hughes told RadioTimes.com.

“With a rich history to draw from, Kit’s darkness and mercurial nature will be delight to delve in to.”

Hughes’ Marlowe will join the action in a second season that sees star-crossed witch/vampire couple Diana and Matthew (Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode) thrown back in time to the Elizabethan period, where they seek out a powerful witch teacher to help control Diana’s abilities.

In the books, Marlowe is presented as an old demon friend of Matthew’s who encounters our heroes when they first arrive back in the 1500s, and who takes a dim view of the pair’s inter-species relationship.

How the TV version of Marlowe will appear remains a mystery – while the TV series is mostly loyal to the books, some changes have been made to the source material – but we’re sure fans will still be delighted to see Hughes take the role. Even if they do have to wait quite a while to see him in action…

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A Discovery of Witches S2 will air on Sky One and NOW TV next year