Claire Williams

Guess who's joining the new series of ITV's Victoria...

Claire Williams

You might recognise a few familiar faces set to appear in series 2 of Victoria!

victoria

We were sad to hear that Call the Midwife's Emerald Fennell (nurse Patsy Mount) has left the heart-warming show but fear not as she'll be joining the cast of Victoria in the new eight-part series, set to air on ITV this autumn. 

emerald fennell

Emerald will be playing the role of Lord Byron's daughter, Lady Ada Lovelace.

Other familiar faces set to join to stellar cast are Dame Diana Rigg, best known for her role as Emma Peel in The Avengers. She will play the Duchess of Bucchleuch, Victoria's new mistress of the Robes.

Diana Rigg

New Tricks actor Denis Lawson has also signed up for a guest role in the much anticipated epic drama. He takes on the part of Duke of Atholl and greets Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert when they visit the Highlands. The scenes were filmed at the beautiful Blair Castle in Perthshire (pictured below).

Blair castle

ITV recently announced that Line Of Duty star Martin Compston will pop up in the new series as Dr. Robert Traill, a campaigner who is raising awareness of the potato famine in Ireland in the 1840s.

Fans of the show will be pleased to learn that returning series one cast members are Nigel Lindsay (Sir Robert Peel), Peter Bowles (Duke of Wellington), Neil Hudson (Skerett) and Ferdinand Kingsley (chef Francatelli).

Series two is set six weeks after the events of the series one finale, and will follow Victoria as she faces adversity both at home and abroad, all while trying to get that work-life balance just right as a monarch and new mother. But, similar to Prince Phillip in The Crown, her husband, Albert, will struggle with being the less powerful person in the marriage, and battles to find his place and purpose.

There's no firm date for the new series, set to return in the autumn but ITV has announced that there will be a 2-hour Christmas special to fill the gapping Downton Abbey hole!

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