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Jenna Coleman is optimistic about Victoria's future

Published 18/10/2016

Jenna Coleman
Jenna Coleman

Jenna Coleman is hoping U.S. audiences will love Victoria as much as British viewers when it airs Stateside next January (17).

Victoria actress Jenna Coleman is convinced the royal drama has the potential to go on "for a really long time".

Jenna stars as the monarch in the series, which was renewed for a second season before the first had even finished airing in the U.K. The first season followed Victoria from the moment she was crowned queen in 1837 to when she married her husband Prince Albert. Considering Victoria reigned until her death in 1901, there are still many stories to be told, and Jenna told Deadline Hollywood she is hoping to continue in the role for years to come.

"(Victoria has the potential to go on) for a really long time," she said. "Discussions are being had. The problem is there’s almost too much story so it’s about working the pacing. It will be interesting to see how it goes on in the States and what the appetite is."

The series will be premiering Stateside on network Masterpiece on 15 January (17). And following the success of former period drama Downton Abbey across the pond, Jenna is hopeful Victoria will enjoy similar appreciation.

However, she is keen to point out that there are actually few similarities between her show and Downton.

"There is a lot of expectation but I think Downton was a phenomenon," she said. "It’s its own. The shows are both period dramas and that’s kind of where the similarities end. It’s a completely different period of time."

Despite this, the success of Downton has set a precedent for similar television shows in that genre, and for that Jenna is grateful.

"What’s fantastic is that Downton has been so popular in the U.S. that it’s carved an audience that hopefully are hungry for investing in the next drama which takes you back to somewhere which isn’t now," she said.

Prior to her role in Victoria, Jenna was perhaps most famous for playing assistant Clara Oswald in Doctor Who. However, taking on a real-life character gives the actress a chance to sink her teeth into research - something the 30-year-old thoroughly enjoys.

"Doctor Who is all about throwing caution to the wind and being so spontaneous and living in the moment whereas with Victoria I really enjoyed exploring as much of her as I could," she explained. "There’s endless research you can do. The more I uncover about her, the more I read, I have so much more admiration. I like that there are so many unlikable traits in her.

"She’s very, very flawed but I’ve become really fond of her inconsistencies. She wasn’t perfect at all and it makes me like her. She’s not the queen that you expect in the portraits."

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