Jenna Coleman tells us about the second series of Victoria
Jenna Coleman on the challenges ahead for new mum Queen Victoria as the hit ITV royal drama returns for a second series…
Deep inside Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire, TV Times is standing in an aisle when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert walk over to greet us.
‘I thought I’d come over to say, “Hello”,’ says Prince Albert, looking dashing in a red waistcoat and black overcoat. ‘Nice to meet you,’ smiles Her Majesty, rocking a mint-green-and-purple gown paired with a cream blazer and fetching purple bonnet.
We have been transported back to the 19th Century to watch Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes filming scenes for the much-awaited second series of hit ITV royal drama Victoria.
The action picks up one month after the series one finale, which saw Victoria give birth to the couple’s first child, and we now follow the Queen as she juggles her role as a mother with her royal duties.
Today, beautiful Ripon Cathedral is doubling as Westminster Abbey for a scene later on in the eight-part series, but the venue is also used in this week’s opening episode as the backdrop for their daughter Victoria’s christening. Here, Jenna, 31, tells us what’s in store…
Where do we find Victoria at the start of this series?
She has been in confinement since the birth of her child. Victoria’s been told she can’t do anything for herself, so she’s not in the best of tempers! Albert has taken over while she has been away, leaving Victoria feeling very threatened.
When Victoria returns to work, Prince Albert has trouble finding a role for himself and a power struggle plays out between them. Tell us more… Victoria is in her honeymoon period, which is interrupted by numerous pregnancies. She’s disappointed to be what she calls ‘caught’. We see her learning to navigate her new life as a mother while keeping her hands firmly on the crown and staying true to her independent, stubborn nature.
How does she approach motherhood? She wrote in her diary that being pregnant ‘is the ONLY thing I dread’, but she does love her children. There is a misconception that she wasn’t very tender towards them, but it was just that being pregnant was a great misery for her. She was the first female monarch to have surviving children, and to manage nine, a husband, and being Queen, is a remarkable feat.
How does Victoria react when she discovers she’s pregnant again?
It’s a devastating blow and we deal with Victoria’s inability to bond with the second baby, which may have been caused by undiagnosed postnatal depression.
We see Victoria retreat into herself.
How would you describe
Victoria’s relationship with Albert? They’re complete opposites and on paper it should never work. In him, you have a logical, scientific, mathematical mind; he’s a rational and sensitive man. Then there’s Victoria, who is selfish, impulsive, romantic and passionate.
It’s unusual because there aren’t many marriages which hold such intensity and are under such public scrutiny.
How was filming with the little ones who play Victoria and
The hardest thing during this series is learning how to do a scene with three children! I’ve not developed that multi-tasking function yet; maybe it comes with real motherhood!
Finally, what do you love most about playing this role?
Victoria’s absolute candidness in saying exactly what she thinks.
The royal couple at the christening of their first child