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Nicole   /   10.12.2016   •  

THE EVENING STANDARD – Jenna Coleman has gushed over her Victoria co-star Tom Hughes, saying there is no actor more “perfect” for the role of Prince Albert.

The pair play husband and wife in the ITV period drama which follows the reign of Queen Victoria from her coronation at 18 through to her marriage to the German Prince, with whom she had nine children.

Coleman revealed Hughes was her first choice for the role and praised the way he “metamorphosizes” into Albert.

Speaking to Standard Online she said: “The producers and I came up with an ideal Albert, and [Hughes] was the top of everyone’s list. There isn’t anybody more perfect for the part.”

The actress said she was initially apprehensive about working closely with him.

“We’ve been friends for six or seven years now,” she said. “Working with a friend you never know what it’s going to be like, but we’ve always got the same ideas so it just works. He just metamorphosizes into Albert. I just see Albert and not Tom at all. He’s a really clever actor.”

Coleman also opened up about her “charismatic” co-star Rufus Sewell, who plays her Prime Minister and friend Lord Melbourne, and said she would love him to reprise his role for series two.

She said: “It was amazing working with Rufus Sewell. The two of us laughed our way through filming. We’ve formed a really lovely friendship from it. I’d love Lord Melbourne to stay alongside Lord Albert, but unfortunately she can’t have both in her life – and anyway [Sewell] has to go back to playing a Nazi in The Man in the High Castle.”

Coleman said taking on the famous monarch was “daunting” – which was made more challenging by the costumes and side saddlling.

“I did the horse riding from scratch,” she said. “Side saddling is tough and so is waltzing. It changes your breathing. I was in one for so long you forget how unforgiving they are. But when Victoria fell pregnant I could get comfier in a latex bump instead of a corset.”

The actress moved to Victoria immediately after wrapping up Doctor Who, and said she is still trying to “digest” the attention around her.

“Doctor Who was like a sprite train that you jump on,” she said. “It’s a wonderful experience – but not a normal one. I think that will take a bit of time to digest.” (source)

Nicole   /   08.23.2016   •  

BBC – Playing Queen Victoria in a new eight-part ITV drama has been “such a gift”, actress Jenna Coleman has revealed.

The former Doctor Who star said the role had been “impossible to turn down” – despite previously saying she wanted time off from TV series.

“When I left Doctor Who the first thing I said was, ‘I just don’t want to do a series for a while,'” the 30-year-old said at a press event in London.

Comparisons are already being made to Downton Abbey, which came to a close last Christmas after six years on air.
Writer Daisy Goodwin said she “couldn’t possibly hope to replicate” Downton’s success but hoped Victoria would “give people pleasure”.

One aspect of the role that Coleman had to grapple with was the blue contact lenses she was required to sport to emulate Victoria’s natural eye colour.

“Any of the portraits you see, the first thing you see are her eyes,” said the actress, adding she went through “in the region of about 70 pairs” during shooting.

The first series of Victoria charts the early years of the queen’s reign and her courtship with Prince Albert, played by Tom Hughes. (source)

Nicole   /   08.22.2016   •  

THE TELEGRAPH – Jenna Coleman shot to fame as Clara Oswald, the Doctor’s assistant, in Doctor Who. She now stars as Queen Victoria in a new ITV series based on the monarch’s life

In a little black dress and a pair of sky scraper heels, Jenna Coleman is sitting in a room steeped in royal history. It was in this once grand, if now slightly dog-eared private chamber, on the first floor of Kensington Palace, where in June 1837 Alexandrina Victoria received the news that she was to be the new Queen of England.

“Her uncle William IV had died in the night and she was standing here in her dressing gown,” says Coleman. “At just 18, she was about to become the most powerful woman in the world.”

Having just spent seven months filming Victoria, the ambitious eight part ITV drama that charts the young Queen’s life, Coleman has got to know her intimately.

Victoria was just 4ft 11ins tall, something that Coleman, at 5ft 3, can sympathise with.

“Maybe being small – and her feet didn’t even reach the floor when she sat on the throne – was part of what made her so obstinate, impatient, forthright and formidable,” Coleman says. “It’s difficult to dominate and have your opinions listened to when you are so much shorter than everyone else in the room.”

Aged 30, she has, she says, “learned to own my height” and sees it at times as a positive advantage.

“It makes you look a lot younger than you are – and, hopefully, people won’t query me playing an 18–year-old when the series starts.”

Like the diminutive monarch, too, Coleman’s energy and spark can command even this cavernous room. She has the authority and diction of a stylish young Londoner, although the second syllable in ‘grasp’, for example, is pronounced ‘asp’ – like the snake. If you cut her through the middle, she says, the name of her hometown, Blackpool, would be written through her like the proverbial seaside rock.

(Read the rest of the article at the source)

Photoshoots > Sessions from 2016 > Session 06 [+2]
Nicole   /   08.22.2016   •  

THE GUARDIAN“I don’t like that word,” says Jenna Coleman, wrinkling her nose. “People describe me as that a lot, and it makes me cringe. It feels dirty.”

In the garden lounge of a London hotel, we are talking about the word driven. “Something about it feels ruthless, which doesn’t sit well with me.” It would be impossible to describe the gentle, slightly reticent presence next to me as gimlet-eyed. But it’s also hard to describe her rise without sensing that ambition and determination must have played a part. Her first job, at just 19, was wild child Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale. Intended to be a small role, she grew into a series regular, and Coleman set aside thoughts of drama school to play her for five years. She followed this with acclaimed BBC series Waterloo Road, original dramas by Julian Fellowes and Stephen Poliakoff, and then the big one. In 2012 she was anointed Clara Oswald, the sparky and instantly lovable companion to Doctor Who, beamed into millions of households across the world. These things don’t just happen.

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“A lot of interviews talk about Emmerdale and then Doctor Who – but there were six years between those,” she protests. “You should have seen me when I was trying to get an agent. It was like, ‘I’ve only worked in soap, I’ve not been to drama school, I’m 22 years old and haven’t worked for a year. I’m a great catch!’ ” She’d stayed longer than she wanted to on Emmerdale; despite having been nominated for best newcomer at the National Television Awards, it took her a long time to be considered for significant roles afterwards. “I’m northern, and working class, so people put you in a box. It’s crazy.” She would be sent scripts for supporting characters with northern accents, “and I’d be pointing out different parts, saying, ‘I think I can do that.’ It took a long time to get any meetings. I had to take a job at a pub in Hampstead.”

She’s describing the kind of unpromising situation that can consume young actors for a decade or longer, but her zeal to turn things around marks her out. She became an avid self-taper, sending casting directors scene footage in very different roles, showing off her range. “I love playing away from myself, expanding people’s perceptions.” She took herself out to LA for pilot season, where she went up for various unattainable parts, returning home jobless but fearless, and rich in audition experience.

(Read the rest of the article at the source)

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Jenna attended the TCA Summer Tour for promoting Victoria on PBS yesterday (June 28). The drama will premiere on the American network on January 2017 (we don’t have a UK date yet though).

INDIEWIRE – The former “Doctor Who” companion plays the famed British monarch from the moment she becomes queen at the tender age of 18 in Masterpiece’s upcoming eight-part miniseries “Victoria.” Although Queen Victoria lived in the 19th century, more is known about her than many other historical figures, because she was an avid diarist and left a colorful paper trail of her thoughts and dreams.

“Her vivacious nature comes out in the page,” Coleman told reporters at the Television Critics Association on Thursday. The diaries included many all-caps and underlined portions. “What I found most interesting was her sketch work,” Coleman added. “She was quite a prolific watercolorist,” Portraits figured regularly in Queen Victoria’s work along with landscapes. She as also a fan of the theater.

Novelist Daisy Goodwin, who wrote and created the series, read between the lines to create the personal details of Victoria’s life. Although the Prime Minister Lord Melbourne (played in the series by Rufus Sewell) was the queen’s adviser and friend, Goodwin said Victoria’s crush on Melbourne was apparent if you “count how many times she mentioned Lord Melbourne” in her diary, and therefore wrote these romantic feelings into the script.

Victoria set a precedent for flouting tradition from the beginning of her reign. “Not only did she take control, but she literally invented her own name,” said Goodwin. “She chose Victoria because it’s a victorious name.” Before her coronation, she was called Alexandrina Victoria, or Drina by her family, but when she obtained the crown, she chose to be called Queen Victoria, which broke tradition since English queens were often Annes, Janes or Elizabeths.

What Queen Victoria was able to accomplish was extraordinary, considering her youth and the sexism during that time. Goodwin noted that during that time, “Women don’t have the vote. Married women are the property of husbands,”

“And she’s 4-foot-11,” Coleman added.

Victoria’s short stature is made much of in the series, as it lead to some treating her as a child. Nevertheless, she went on to marry her cousin Prince Albert (Tom Hughes), who was reportedly tall, possibly 6 feet. The royal couple were famously quite smitten with each other, having nine children together. They were so amorous that Goodwin says Albert had a special device put in their bedroom that allowed him to lock their bedroom door without getting out of bed. (source)

Several photos from the PBS press room and the Victoria Panel have now been added to the gallery – with big thanks to my friend Emily for her precious help. More, though, will sure be added as well during the day so follow the site twitter @JennaColemanCom to stay up-to-date!


Public Appearances > 2016 > July 28: TCA Summer Tour – PBS [+3]
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Photoshoots > Sessions from 2016 > Session 02 [+4]
Photoshoots > Sessions from 2016 > Session 03 [+1]