Will There Be a Season 4 of ‘Victoria’ and Will Jenna Coleman Be Back?
The third season of Victoria, the PBS drama chronicling the life and royal court of the long-reigning English monarch, came to a heartbreaking close with the queen’s husband, Albert, collapsing in her arms.
Since then, it’s been radio silence from ITV and PBS, with no word on when or even if a new season is imminent, leaving fans of the show in limbo. Here’s what we know now about the show’s future and its star Jenna Coleman.
What creator Daisy Goodwin is saying about Season 4
Victoria creator and head writer, Daisy Goodwin, is a veteran in television writing. She has degrees in history and film from Cambridge University and Columbia University, and her novels Victoria & Albert: A Royal Love Affair and The Duchess’ Tattoo clearly inform her spellbinding writing on the PBS smash success.
Goodwin recently told Red Online, “I knew Victoria had the potential to go far. There’s enough material for 20 series. But until it goes out and you see what people respond to, you can’t really think about it. I hadn’t written a drama before; it was quite terrifying. Fortunately, people did love it.”
Before the premiere of Season 3, Goodwin was already saying that Season 4 would be a doozy.
“I am working on series four at the moment and that’s going to be an absolute humdinger, because… well, you can go to Wikipedia to find out!” she told Digital Spy at that time.
What Jenna Coleman is saying about returning to the series
Jenna Coleman, in her portrayal of the 19th-century queen, brought to the role a multi-faceted, refreshing personality. Throughout history known as an unbending, hot-headed monarch, Queen Victoria in Coleman’s hands became relatable, insecure, and passionate, all lovable qualities to a viewing audience.
Coleman revealed how she feels about playing the role of Victoria with The Irish News saying, “I love her lack of filter, her frankness, and honesty. I love the fact that if she likes someone she is incredibly loyal and if she doesn’t, she will let that person know.”
The actress doesn’t seem enthusiastic though about her return for Season 4 of the series.
“There’s going to come a point where I have to [to be recast]. The idea I’ll be playing Victoria meeting Abdul is not really possible,” she told Radio Times. “This is Victoria in her late 20s, early 30s… Make-up wise, I’m just exhausted. No foundation or base, it’s a lot more stripped back. I just wear concealer. You have days where you look awful, but with her, she’s had seven children and being tired. You can see it but it’s very subtle. Or maybe I’m just getting older.”
When it comes to finding someone else to play Queen Victoria, Goodwin had this to say, “I know where the series is going, it’s all there. I think series four is going to be amazing. At some point, we will have to recast, but hopefully not yet.”
So while it certainly seems likely there will be a fourth season of Victoria, there’s no word yet on when the premiere date would be.