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Doctor Who actress Jenna Coleman is quitting the BBC One sci-fi series to join ITV. Coleman, who has also appeared in Emmerdale for the network, will star as a young Queen Victoria in their major new drama series Victoria.

“I am delighted to be cast as Queen Victoria in this ambitious drama of her life. She is a vivid, strong, inspirational and utterly fascinating woman in British history and I can’t wait to tell her story.”  Jenna Coleman

The ambitious eight part drama follows the early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18, through to her courtship and marriage to Price Albert. Victoria went on to rule for 63 years, and was our longest serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II on 9th September this year.

The series will open with a 90-minute episode, followed by seven one-hour episodes. Tom Vaughan opens the series as director and Paul Frift will produce the landmark ITV drama. Further casting is underway for the drama, which starts filming in locations around the North of England this October.

Coleman joined Doctor Who in its seventh series of its reboot in 2012 playing Clara Oswald, companion to The Doctor played by by Matt Smith across her first series and more recently Peter Capaldi in series eight and nine.

Jenna Louise Coleman, Doctor Who, Series 8, Deep Breath

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