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Which Series Lead Role Are Emilia Clarke and Jenna Coleman Competing For?

By Cindy Davis | Industry | June 23, 2015 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | June 23, 2015 |

Royalty is coming…

British novelist and television producer Daisy Goodwin (The Fortune Hunter, My Last Duchess, The Bookworm) will make her screenwriting debut with ITV’s upcoming 8-part series about the early life of Queen Victoria, expected to begin filming this September.

“I’ve been fascinated by Victoria since I started reading her diaries at university. She’s a woman whose personality leaps off the page - a tiny 4 foot 11 teenager who overnight became the most powerful woman in the world, and her candour and spirit makes for an irresistible heroine.

Victoria was the first woman to have it all; she had a passionate marriage, nine children and was grandmother to most of Europe’s royalty, but she also had a job, being queen of the most important nation in the world. It wasn’t easy; her reign was beset by scandal and sleaze and it was only by sheer force of personality that she prevailed. Her diaries, all 62 million words of them, give an astonishingly vivid picture of her transformation from rebellious teenager into, to my mind, our greatest queen.”

The fictionalized account of the Victoria’s early years — when she inherited the throne at 18 — is expected to be a lavish production, and some great lead actresses are being considered to play Her Majesty. Among the frontrunners are:


Cinderella’s Lily James


Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Dark Places)


Suicide Squad’s Cara Delevingne

and then there are the obvious frontrunners, Jenna Coleman and Emilia Clarke — very interesting competition, indeed. Two leading ladies, one already playing a queen, so if it were me I’d probably pick Coleman. I’d love to see her in a completely different role, and I think she could pull it off. But, I do think there’s one more name that must be added to the mix…


Get your own unimpactful votes in for Queen Victoria, now.

(via Radio Times)

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)

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