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Tom Hughes plays Prince Albert to Jenna Coleman's Queen Victoria

Published 14/12/2015 | 11:21

Tom Hughes will play Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert
Tom Hughes will play Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert

The Game's Tom Hughes has been cast as Prince Albert alongside Doctor Who's Jenna Coleman in the new ITV series Victoria.

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Hughes will star alongside Coleman in the eight-part drama which documents the early life of Queen Victoria, who will be portrayed by Coleman.

She will play a young Queen Victoria after her ascension to the throne at the age of 18 and the series will follow her through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.

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.

Hughes' Prince Albert will be seen from episode three onwards, and the Silk and Cemetery Junction actor said he is "delighted" to be a part of the project.

He said: "Victoria and Albert's story is one that not only had a lasting impact on this country's history, but also provides a rich depth of material to create an engaging and powerful series.

"An historically informative, political, passionate love story. One that still feels relevant to modern life. Something that Daisy (Goodwin) has captured perfectly with her scripts."

The show's writer and executive producer, Daisy Goodwin said: "Albert was described by one contemporary as the handsomest prince in Europe. We are very lucky to have Tom Hughes to play this complex and charismatic character, often called the greatest king we never had."

Other names already confirmed include Bafta-nominated Rufus Sewell, Da Vinci's Demons star Paul Rhys, Broadchurch's Eve Myles and Spooks' Peter Firth.

Sewell will play 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.

Coleman announced in September that she was bowing out of BBC's Doctor Who and her role as Clara Oswald, the Doctor's assistant.

After her casting in Victoria was announced she 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."

Filming on Victoria started in locations around the north of England in October.

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

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