New cast members for UK drama

Tom Hughes and Jenna Coleman as Albert and Victoria, with Dennis Lawson (with sword) as the Duke of Atholl, in Victoria.

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AS FILMING continues in the UK on the highly anticipated second series of Victoria – scheduled to be on DStv’s ITV Choice (channel 123) in September – it has been announced that acclaimed Scottish actor Denis Lawson will feature in the upcoming series, in scenes shot in Scotland.

The Bafta-nominated and Emmy-nominated New Tricks star will appear as the Duke of Atholl, who welcomes Victoria and Albert to the Scottish Highlands  in scenes filmed at an historic landmark, Blair Castle, in Perthshire.

The announcement follows the news that Martin Compston (Line of Duty) will also guest star in the series, while Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) has joined the regular cast as the Duchess of Bucchleuch, the young queen’s new Mistress of the Robes.

Dennis Lawson in Victoria.

These talents join series leads Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Tom Hughes (Paula) who reprise their roles as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, as well as series regulars Nell Hudson (Outlander), Nigel Lindsay (Unforgotten), Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van), Peter Bowles (To The Manor Born), Ferdinand Kingsley (Borgia), David Oakes (The White Queen), Catherine Flemming (Tatort) and Daniela Holtz (Circle of Life).

Following the critical acclaim and record ratings success of the first instalment, the second series has again been written by creator and executive producer Daisy Goodwin, and sees Queen Victoria face new challenges both at home and abroad.

It has also proved hugely popular in the US, with the first series reaching an average audience of 6.3million viewers and the first episode drawing in a 28% share – more viewers than the first series of Downton Abbey.


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