We are most amused

Victoria star Jenna cheek­ily sticks out her tongue at the tele­vi­sion cam­eras

Sunday Express - - NEWS - By Jaymi McCann

AC­TRESS Jenna Cole­man might be play­ing Queen Victoria but she showed she was amused last week, stick­ing her tongue out at the cam­eras as the sec­ond se­ries was filmed.

Jenna, 30, was dressed in pe­riod garb as she ar­rived at Bev­er­ley Min­ster, East York­shire, to film scenes with on and off-screen other half Tom Hughes, also 30, who plays Prince Al­bert.

Last year Bev­er­ley Min­ster was used to mimic West­min­ster Abbey. The pair are thought to have been film­ing a chris­ten­ing scene, af­ter the last se­ries ended with the birth of their first child.

The new se­ries is set in the 1840s, the decade in which the monarch gave birth to six of her nine chil­dren.

It is ex­pected that this se­ries will see Victoria strug­gle to bal­ance her fam­ily life and her role as the Queen of 450 mil­lion peo­ple – a quar­ter of the world’s pop­u­la­tion. The Queen will also be forced to face the Ir­ish potato famine of 1845, when more than a mil­lion peo­ple died.

Screen­writer Daisy Good­win said: “Even though she reigned in the 19th cen­tury, Victoria is a hero­ine for our times.

“She faces the very modern dilemma of how to jug­gle chil­dren with her hus­band and her job.

“As Victoria will dis­cover it’s hard to be a wife, a mother and ruler of the most pow­er­ful na­tion on earth.”

In De­cem­ber Jenna said: “It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing. There’s so much story. It’s a case of pac­ing it and work­ing out where to go with it.

“There are nine chil­dren to have, so there is a long way to go.”

The se­ries, which launched at the end of Au­gust last year, saw rat­ings suc­cess, with each episode av­er­ag­ing 7.7 mil­lion view­ers and a 29.7 per cent share of the au­di­ence for ITV.

The for­mer Doc­tor Who ac­tress is joined by BAFTA-nom­i­nated Ru­fus Sewell, who stars as Lord Melbourne, and Torch­wood star Eve Myles, who plays Mrs Jenk­ins, the Queen’s dresser.

Jenna por­trays the Queen from the time of her as­cen­sion, at the ten­der age of 18, through to her courtship and mar­riage to Prince Al­bert.

Pic­tures: MARK CAMP­BELL

FUNNY GIRL: Jenna Cole­man has a joke with the cam­era crew as they film the sec­ond se­ries

LADY-IN-WAIT­ING: Tom grabs a cuppa and throws on a jacket to keep warm on a break

NOT UP MY NOSE: Some make-up for Jenna

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