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2017 — Season 2
Jenna as Queen Victoria
FORBES – Speaking recently on the eve of the start of filming of season two of Masterpiece’s Victoria, Jenna Coleman, who portrays the British queen, called her a “really relatable” character.
“You meet her as a teenager, go through stages in her life, falling in love, beginning a family at the same time she had responsibilities on her shoulders,” she explained.
Coleman said season two would take place in the late 1840’s, just before the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, the first international exhibition of manufactured products. She said it would deal with the “turbulent” relationship between Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, the queen “trying to balance being a wife and being the queen at the same time, marital power battles.”
Season one portrayed Victoria from the time she became queen in 1837, at the age of 18, through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Victoria was England’s longest-serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II in September 2015.
Coleman said the series is filmed in an airport hangar in Leeds, Yorkshire, where the set for Buckingham Palace was built, the hangar being “the only place they could find that was big enough to hold the set. I get my hair and makeup done and then travel across the tarmac.”
The actress, who appeared as Clara, the companion of the title character in the sci-fi series, Doctor Who, called Victoria “a revelation in lots of ways. I read her diaries from when she was 18 years old. There was a kind of life in her, how frank, how candid she was—it was surprising, given her role. I found her really charming. She writes her thoughts, everything is there, she’s not hiding, not hiding from her own flaws.”
Coleman described Victoria—whom one of her ladies-in-waiting said had “veins of iron”—as “incredibly inconsistent, unbelievably stubborn. Being so obstinate is one of the greatest things about her. Stubbornness carried her through life. She survived nine births in the Victorian era, eight assassination attempts. If anything she is enduring.”
To prepare for the role, Coleman said she studied Victoria’s voluminous journals, diaries and artwork, as well biographies, comments by her contemporaries and films set in the Victorian era. She said that in addition to being “quite an accomplished artist,” Victoria also rode horses and did weaving.
And she said she agreed with the assessment of Oscar Wilde of the queen, whom he desebied as “a ruby mounted in jet” and called one of the three great personalities of the 19th century, in addition to Napoleon and the French author, Victor Hugo. (source)