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Jenna Coleman in running to play Queen Victoria

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Jenna Coleman in running to play Queen Victoria

Jenna Coleman and Emilia Clarke are being lined up to play Queen Victoria in a new drama.

The 'Doctor Who' actress and the 'Game of Thrones' star are among a list of names being linked to the lead role in ITV's upcoming eight-part drama 'Victoria', according to

ITV are said to have put together a list of possibilities - which also includes model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne, 'Downton Abbey' star Lily James and Chloe Moretz - to star in the Daisy Goodwin-scripted project.

The drama, which will chart the early life of the late former monarch as she "leaves childhood behind when she ascends the throne at the tender age of 18", is set to begin filming this autumn and will be broadcast next year.

Writer Daisy previously said of the production: "I've been fascinated by Victoria since I started reading her diaries at university. She's a woman whose personality leaps off the page - a tiny 4 foot 11 teenager who overnight became the most powerful woman in the world, and her candour and spirit makes for an irresistible heroine.

"It wasn't easy; her reign was beset by scandal and sleaze and it was only by sheer force of personality that she prevailed. Her diaries, all 62 million words of them, give an astonishingly vivid picture of her transformation from rebellious teenager into, to my mind, our greatest queen."