Who has left Victoria so far?
If you’re wondering what has happened to your favourite characters from series two, take a look at the actors who will not be appearing in Victoria series three…
Leo Suter plays Drummond
Who is Lord Drummond? As Private Secretary to Sir Robert Peel, Edward Drummond arrived on the scene in series two. He began a tentative flirtation and a love affair with Lord Alfred Paget – but at a crucial moment, Drummond was killed.
What else has Leo Suter been in? Leo Suter had small roles in Bad Education, Maleficent and Fallen to his name, before making his appearance in Victoria as his first main role.
Margaret Clunie plays the Duchess of Sutherland
Who is the Duchess of Sutherland? Victoria’s dear companion became a trusted member of the queen’s court, but also caught the eye of Albert’s brother Ernest in series one. The pair called off their little affair, but that wasn’t the end of their story and in series two they reunited – although there was no happy ending…
What else has Margaret Clunie been in? If you loved A Young Doctor’s Notebook then you’ll have spotted Margaret Clunie on your TV screen before. The Endeavour actress also had a starring role in Sophia Grace & Rosie’s Royal Adventure, the Ellen DeGeneres Show spin-off film about two little British girls with ambitions to be red carpet reporters. Most recently she popped up in an episode of Benedict Cumberbatch drama Patrick Melrose, playing a waitress called Helene.
David Oakes plays Prince Ernest
Who is Prince Ernest? Ernest by name but not by nature, the prince’s gregarious, Dionysian instincts could not be more at odds to his younger brother’s Apollonian sobriety. Whilst Albert spent his adolescence absorbing himself in academia, Ernest immersed himself in the art of womanising and revelry – which almost landed him in hot water thanks to his dalliances with Harriet, The Duchess of Sutherland. He returned to the palace in series two as an extremely conflicted man – and had a big choice to make about his future.
What else has David Oakes been in? From The Pillars of The Earth to Borgia, Ripper Street and The White Queen, you’ve seen a LOT of David Oakes on your TV screen. He played Kim Philby in a BBC2 documentary about one of The Cambridge Five, and also recently had roles in both Endeavour and The Living and The Dead.
Bebe Cave plays Wilhelmina Coke
Who is Wilhelmina Coke? The Duchess of Buccleuch’s niece was a timid newcomer to Buckingham Palace in series two. She initially fell for Ernst, but while he was perfectly friendly to her and shared her love of the piano, he only had eyes for Harriet. In the Christmas special, she became engaged to her friend Lord Alfred Paget (Jordan Waller), even though she knew about his feelings for the late Lord Drummond (Leo Suter).
What else has Bebe Cave been in? After a small role in Mike Newell’s Great Expectations and recurring roles in the short-lived Frankie and Trying Again, Cave appeared on stage opposite Helen Mirren in The Audience before turning heads with appearances in Cannes smash Tale of Tales and the BBC adaptation of Cider with Rosie, both in 2015. She also has a role in the adaptation of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach.
Nigel Lindsay plays Sir Robert Peel
Who is Sir Robert Peel? Tory leader Sir Robert Peel’s gauche manner could not have be more at odds to the smooth, charismatic Whig Melbourne in series one. The contrast was not lost on Victoria – preferring to be charmed rather than challenged, she loathed Peel from their first encounter. But as the political tide changes and Albert struck up a friendship with the new PM, the Queen’s attitude softened and Peel warmed up to his sovereign.
What else has Nigel Lindsay been in? If you’re a fan of Four Lions chances are you’ll know Lindsay as Muslim convert Barry, but he’s actually quite the accomplished star of stage and screen. He originated the role of Shrek in Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. You may also have spotted him in Unforgotten, You, Me and The Apocalypse, Death in Paradise, and BBC’s historical drama Rome.
Daniela Holtz plays Baroness Lehzen
Who is Baroness Lehzen? The Queen’s governess since birth, Lehzen was wholeheartedly devoted to Victoria. Originally appointed by Conroy in the hope that she would do his bidding, the Baroness scuppered his plans by becoming the Victoria’s dearest friend. Once Victoria became Queen, Victoria immediately used her power to appoint Lehzen as head of the royal household. In series two, Prince Albert grew to resent her presence and interference, and Victoria was forced to say goodbye to her oldest ally.
What else has Daniela Holtz been in? She’s quite the star in her native Germany but Daniela Holtz will be a new face for UK TV viewers. She’s probably best known for films like The Forest for The Trees, Phoenix and Der Verdacht.
Andrew Bicknell plays Prince Albert’s father
Who is the Duke of Coburg? Albert and Ernest had a difficult relationship with their father, who banished their mother Princess Louise from court when they were only kids. The Duke of Coburg had high expectations of his sons and was a difficult man to please. He died in series two.
What else has Andrew Bicknell been in? Andrew Bicknell’s likeness was actually used for PlayStation 2 game James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire. Apart from this chestnut, he has had single episode appearances in a huge range of productions since the 1980s. More recent recurring appearances have been in World Without End, SS:GB and The Royals.
Catherine Flemming plays the Queen’s mother
Who is the Duchess of Kent? Victoria’s mother was an insecure woman in a foreign land with a weak grasp of the language and an ill-advised attachment to a roguish army officer (Sir John Conroy) in series one. Although Conroy is gone, mother and daughter still have a strained relationship.
What else has Catherine Flemming been in? Her face may not be familiar to Sunday night audiences but Flemming is quite the accomplished German actress. She’s probably best known for roles in Hunger: Longing for Love (not to be confused with the Michael Fassbender film), Simone’s Labyrinth and No Place To Go.
Diana Rigg plays the Duchess of Buccleuch
Who is the Duchess of Buccleuch? The Duchess of Buccleuch arrived (reluctantly) at Buckingham Palace as the Queen’s new Mistress of The Robes in series two. Formidable and outspoken, she has turned out to be full of sage advice and wisdom.
What else has Diana Rigg been in? Diana Rigg is probably best known to for her roles as Emma Peel in the Avengers from 1965-8 and Tracy di Vicenzo in George Lazenby’s Bond outing, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. More recently she’s won viewers hearts as the acid-tongued noble matriarch Olenna Tyrell in a little show called Game of Thrones. She has also appeared in Charles II: The Passion and the Power (just like erstwhile Victoria favourite Rufus Sewell), had a guest role in Doctor Who, and can be seen in both Detectorists and You, Me and the Apocalypse.