Jenna Coleman confirms Doctor Who exit as itv announce her new role in Victoria.
ITV has today announced that Doctor Who actress Jenna Coleman will star as a young Queen Victoria in their major new drama series Victoria, after Jenna confirmed she's quit the BBC drama.
The ambitious 8-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.
Jenna 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.”
The series will open with a 90-minute episode, followed by 7 one-hour episodes. Tom Vaughan (Doctor Foster, He Knew He Was Right, Starter For Ten) opens the series as director and Paul Frift (Doctor Who, That Day We Sang, Room at the Top) will produce the landmark series.
Confirming her Doctor Who exit on Radio 1 this morning, Jenna told Nick Grimshaw: "I have left the TARDIS. It's happened, I've filmed my last scenes.
"Steven [ Moffat] and I sat down a year ago and decided the best way to tell the story and that's what we've done."
She added: "I'm in denial, it doesn't feel like I've left.
"I did get emotional, I tried to fight against it but you can't help it. It's been my life for the last three year."
Doctor Who returns to BBC One this Saturday at 7.40pm.