Though a fourth season of ITV’s historical hit Victoria has been confirmed by creator Daisy Goodwin, we still don’t know when we can expect the drama to land on the small screen, especially since the Queen herself Jenna Coleman announced the series would be taking a break.
Luckily, the actor is in talks to reprise the role already, as she confirmed in an interview with the Mirror: “We are in the process of discussing it at the moment and timelines,” she said.
However, according to Coleman – now starring in BBC drama The Serpent – there is one problem: “There’s too much story.”
Considering Queen Victoria’s reign encompassed 64 years and two major wars – the Crimean Wars and the Indian Mutiny – it’s an excellent point.
Coleman, who is 34, added, “Effectively I could play this part until I am well into my sixties.
“But obviously, at the moment, there is only a certain age that I could take it up to – unless I am in prosthetics every day for hours on end.”
This would likely also apply to co-star and on-screen husband Tom Hughes, at least up until Prince Albert’s death at 42 from “typhoid fever.”
Alternatively, the series could go down The Crown route and recast the roles with older actors. So far, the Netflix hit has seen Claire Foy and Olivia Colman play Queen Elizabeth II, with Imelda Staunton confirmed to take over for The Crown season five.
Though Coleman is open to the idea, she has also stated in the past she’d like to work on more series of Victoria. “[Recasting] brings a lot of challenges and it’s hard as an actor – when you’ve taken it so far it’s hard to give it up,” she told Tatler back in August.
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