Miriam Margolyes to play Queen Victoria

Miriam Margolyes is set to cause a stir in her brand new role as Queen Victoria in series three of Channel 4’s The Windsors.

Channel 4 explains that Queen Victoria will appear on screen as a portrait: “Wills (Hugh Skinner) is torn when the older royals decide to go on strike and Charles (Harry Enfield) tries to persuade him to join forces. When trying to make his decision Wills is given advice by a portrait of Queen Victoria, played by Miriam Margolyes.”

Miriam Margolyes says: “Queen Victoria has always been one of my heroes. I hope she’ll forgive my irreverent portrayal.”

There is another exciting woman being added to the cast in the form of Spaced star Julia Deakin, as Carole Middleton. The former landlady Marsha to Spaced’s Tim and Daisy said: “I am shocked they let me have a go at this. I love the show and everyone wonders how they get away with it, the answer is… because it’s funny! Carole is a gift, an enigma wrapped in a riddle. So little footage of her actually speaking exists! Less is definitely more. The Windsors version is far from this. Mix Carole and Mike on a weekend with Camilla and Prince Charles. Oh dear!”

The Windsors will return to our screens on Tuesday 25th February on Channel 4.

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