Queen VictoriaJenna Coleman
The Victoria of 1837 is an energetic teenager whose accession liberates her from the strict system of education developed by her overprotective mother, the German Duchess of Kent and the odious Sir John Conroy. Relishing the freedoms offered by her new status, Victoria immediately moves to banish her mother from her bedroom and begins a campaign to rid herself of Conroy’s in uence entirely. Her rst years on the throne are a riot.
Lord MelbourneRufus Sewell
‘Lord M.’ quickly becomes all things to the Queen during her rst years on the throne: prime minister, private secretary, trusted friend, favourite teacher, surrogate father and subject of her affection. She is captivated by him but beneath the sanguine manner exists a broken man whose tempestuous marriage to the late Lady Caroline Lamb - not to mention the death of his son - has left him emotionally numb. He is revived by Victoria’s ardor.
Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg and Gotha, the Queen’s rst cousin, was for many in the European elite the obvious choice for a sensible, stabilising in uence on the unpredictable new queen. His story is one of a slow and steady ascension. The ‘penniless German princeling’, much ridiculed upon his arrival, would become known as the best king Britain never had.
Skerrett mysteriously appears soon after the accession with a recommendation from the Chiswick Institute. She is to become assistant to Jenkins, the Queen’s prickly personal dresser. Uncommonly pretty and remarkably self-assured, Skerrett makes as many admirers among the palace staff as enemies. But beneath Skerrett’s bold and bewitching demeanour is a secret.
Duke CumberlandPeter Firth
The King of Hanover who is the heir to the throne of Great Britain were Victoria to die and feels it deeply unfair that he is not King of Great Britain. One of Victoria’s ‘wicked uncles’ Cumberland is a relic of the extravagant, debauched Georgian era that makes the unblemished, blameless 18 year old Victoria a much loved and needed breath of fresh air for Great Britain.
The Duchess of KentCatherine Flemming
With the questionable support of her grasping comptroller Sir John Conroy - the Duchess of Kent insists on a sheltered, joyless, infantilising childhood for the heir presumptive. Her reward upon Victoria’s accession is to be frozen out of palace life for as long as her attachment to vile Conroy endures.
Mrs. JenkinsEve Myles
Senior dresser to the Queen, Jenkins has a no-nonsense, pragmatic awtude towards her work, always quick to criticize SkerreE’s inclination to sympathise with the young Queen. Nonetheless her matter-of–fact façade belies a a rarely glimpsed sofness and despite their long history of serving in the for the Queen, she ofen chastises Penge for his cynicism.
Duchess of CumberlandNichola McAuliffe
Believed to have poisoned her previous husband in order to marry the Duke of Cumberland, the devious, power-hungry Princess Frederica of Solms-Braunfel is a fine match for Ernest Augustus. She is ever eager to remind him that were Victoria to die in childbirth like Princess CharloEe, then he would be heir to the throne.
Duchess Of SutherlandMargaret Clunie
Dazzlingly pretty and impeccably dressed, Victoria immediately admires Melbourne’s candidate for her Mistress of the Robes. As wife to Sutherland, a Whig MP and great friend of Melbourne, the Duchess and Conroy are immediately disapproving of Victoria’s choice.
Lady Flora HastingsAlice Orr-Ewing
Daughter of a Tory grandee, Flora is Lady-in wai9ng to the Duchess of Kent, whom she is fervently devoted to. Her collusion with Conroy and his Kensington system (combined with Victoria’s suspicions that she spied on her) make her one of Victoria’s sworn enemies.
Emma PortmanAnna Wilson Jones
Unlike her dim-witted husband, Emma Portman is wry and clever, qualities that place her as one of Melbourne’s most trusted confidants. Successfully using her friendship with the Prime Minister to secure a place as Victoria’s Lady-in-Waiting, she observes the growing aEachment between Victoria and Melbourne with an equal measure of delight and dismay.
Prince ErnestDavid Oakes
Ernest by name but not by nature, the prince’s gregarious, Dionysian instincts could not be more at odds to his younger brother’s Apollonian sobriety. Whilst Albert spent his adolescence absorbing himself in academia, Ernest immersed himself in the art of womanizing and revelry.
Sir Robert PeelNigel Lindsay
Tory leader Sir Robert Peel’s gauche manner could not be more at odds to the smooth, charismatic Whig Melbourne. The contrast is not lost on Victoria - preferring to be charmed rather than challenged, she loathes Peel from their first encounter.
Baroness LehzenDaniela Holtz
The Queen’s governess since birth, Lehzen is wholeheartedly devoted to royal charge. Originally appointed by Conroy in the hope that she would do his bidding, the Baroness scuppered his plans by becoming the Victoria’s dearest friend.
The relentlessly cynical Penge finds his comfortable position as head steward under Conroy’s management vanishes overnight when Lehzen takes over. A bitter enemy is born. A relentless battle between Lehzen’s misguided desire to make ‘economies’ pitted against Penge’s reactionary and, at times, corrupt ideas about palace management.
Based on a real chef in Victoria’s household, Charles Elme Francatelli is of Italian extraction, but grew up in London and studied cookery in France. For this ambitious young chef (not cook!), food is not just a job, it is a fine art. His insistence on the precise combination ingredients, working conditions and time to create his culinary masterpieces is ofen met with derision by Penge, but this is water off a duck’s back to the superior Francatelli.
The youngest member of the household, Brodie is hallboy with big ambitions for gewng ahead, perhaps even becoming a footman, assiduously learning German and Shakespeare to further himself. Always good-hearted and endearingly naiive, Brodie is liked by all the servants, even Penge.
Sir John ConroyPaul Rhys
The ambitious former British army of cer who served as comptroller to the Duchess of Kent and Victoria before she became Queen. Loathed by Victoria for persuading her mother to bring her up in isolation in Kensington. He was one of the Duchess of Kent’s only friends after her late husband the Duke of Kent, died.