Sunday 21 January 2018

Victoria star Jenna Coleman: ‘I won’t watch back my birth scenes on TV’

Jenna Coleman at the premiere screening of ITV's Victoria at The Orangery on August 11. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
Jenna Coleman at the premiere screening of ITV's Victoria at The Orangery on August 11. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
Victoria. Photo: ITV
Jenna Coleman plays a young Queen Victoria (ITV/PA)

Geraldine Gitten

The star of the new €11 million ITV drama Victoria has spoken of the challenge of preparing for scenes in which her character gave birth.

Victoria’s Jenna Coleman says the queen gave birth a total of nine times, so it was inevitable that she as an actress would have to rise to the challenge.

Victoria is a coming-of-age story about the passionate, strong-willed teenager who was, before Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

“I had a latex bump when I was pregnant so I got quite attached to the bump,” Coleman told the Mirror newspaper.

“I have watched One Born Every Minute and I got a lot of advice from different make-up artists who have give birth before and they said ‘it is all in your back’.”

“Women who give birth are incredible and I have the utmost respect for real mothers but I don’t think I would want to watch back my birth scenes on TV. It is not something I had ever done on screen before. And I was giving birth as Victoria in character who was this young girl with an iron will and I had to try to portray that so I hope I did her justice.”

“There was a 65pc risk of death during childbirth at the time so there was a whole other element to the birth scene as well.”

“You get to see Victoria and Albert as a real couple and a real relationship. They can be having turbulent discussions, arguments or be telling each other jokes.”

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