Image: BBC / Simon Ridgway
Image: BBC / Simon Ridgway
ITV has confirmed the casting of Doctor Who actress Jenna Coleman in a major new drama series about the young Queen Victoria who went on to rule for 63 years.

The actress will be back alongside the Doctor this Saturday when the BBC sci-fi show returns for its ninth series but has confirmed she’ll exit the TARDIS during the current series. Exact details of her departure remain under wraps.

Her new series 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.

Coleman said: “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.”

Victoria will be made by Mammoth Screen, producers of Poldark and Endeavour , and was created and written by novelist Daisy Goodwin, in her screenwriting debut.
The series will open with a 90-minute episode, followed by 7 one-hour episodes. Further casting is underway and the drama starts filming in locations around the North of England this October.