Wednesday 16 October 2019

Jenna Coleman wants to see ‘a whole lot more of the world’ before having babies

The Victoria star said she was in no rush to become a mother.

Jenna Coleman at the Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall (Ian West/PA)
Jenna Coleman at the Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall (Ian West/PA)

By Alex Green, Press Association Entertainment Reporter

Jenna Coleman has said she plans to have children, but wants to see “a whole lot more of the world” before becoming a mother.

The actress, best known as the titular queen in ITV’s historical drama Victoria, said she would “love” to one day have children.

But the 32-year-old joked she would avoid having as many as Queen Victoria, who had nine.

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Jenna Coleman is the cover star of the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar (Harper’s Bazaar/David Slijper/PA)

Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar magazine, she said: “Half of my friends have babies, and half don’t, so it doesn’t feel like a pressure.

“I want to take my time. There’s a whole lot more of the world for me to see first. I’d love to have children one day. But not nine of them, I can tell you that as a fact.”

Despite turning down the role of Victoria twice, Coleman now says she learnt much from playing the monarch, especially how to appear powerful.

She said: “What I’ve learned about playing power is, you don’t have to.

“We had a royal adviser in for a few days, and he didn’t give any notes to me.

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COLEMAN (Harper’s Bazaar UK/David Slijper/PA)

“He just said to the others: ‘You have to imagine there’s an aura round this person’. That’s the only way you can ever capture it, I suppose.”

Coleman is the cover star of the magazine’s April issue, and photos were taken of her at Kensington Palace where Queen Victoria lived.

Speaking of Queen Victoria’s character, she added: ‘She was always curious. She wasn’t a snob.

“She was very human and craved anything that really touched her, very much the mother of the nation.”

The April issue of Harper’s Bazaar is on sale from March 7.

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