Jenna’s Victoria image is no longer a secret

Jenna Coleman as a young Queen Victoria
Jenna Coleman as a young Queen Victoria
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The first image of Jenna Coleman as a young Queen Victoria has been unveiled.

Former Arnold School head girl Coleman, 29, stars in the eight-part ITV series Victoria, which follows the early part of the monarch’s reign - from her accession to the throne at the age of 18 in 1838, through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert two years later.

Victoria went on to rule for 63 years, and was the country’s longest-serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II on September 9 this year.

The actress currently stars as Doctor Who’s companion, Clara Oswald, but is set to leave the show during this series. She will reportedly will be killed off in November in an episode called Face The Raven.

After her casting was announced in September, 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.”

Rufus Sewell has been announced as Lord Melbourne, the first prime minister during Victoria’s rule, who had an intimate friendship which became a popular source of gossip and threatened to destabilise the Government.

The drama starts filming in locations around the north of England this month.

Victoria will be made by Mammoth Screen, producers of Poldark (BBC One) and Endeavour (ITV), and the series is created and written by acclaimed novelist Daisy Goodwin, in her screenwriting debut.

The series will open with a 90-minute episode, followed by seven one-hour episodes.