Jenna Coleman: From Soufflé Girl to Queen in One Day

Former DOCTOR WHO co-star Jenna Coleman, who had played Clara, assistant to the 2,000-year-old Time Lord on the 52-year-old BBC series since 2012, will play a long-lived character herself, Queen Victoria, in VICTORIA, an eight-part ITV drama about the British monarch.

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.”

Interestingly, Coleman played a version of Clara who existed during the Victorian era as a barmaid/governess.

Coleman, who confirmed her departure from the TARDIS this morning, will portray the queen from age 18 — when she ascended the throne — through her marriage to Prince Albert.

VICTORIA, recounting the life of the second-longest-serving monarch (behind the still-sitting Queen Elizabeth II), will begin filming in October.

Coleman’s final season as a series regular on DOCTOR WHO begins tomorrow at 9 p.m. on BBC America.

Jenna Coleman Quits DOCTOR WHO — Again, and for the Last Time

Jenna Coleman confirmed this morning on BBC Radio 1 that she is leaving DOCTOR WHO this season.

“I have left the TARDIS,” Coleman told host Nick Grimshaw. “It’s happened. I filmed my last scene.”

Coleman confirmed that Clara’s exit has “been in the works for a very long time.”
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