Dame Diana Rigg joins Victoria

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of December 25, 2017

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Dame Diana Rigg as the Duchess of Buccleuch

The New Year is almost upon us and so too is a brand new series of Victoria on Masterpiece. To add to this New Year’s "gift", we’re also happy to report that it was recently confirmed that a third series is in the works!

Joining the cast in Season Two is Dame Diana Rigg, who plays the Duchess of Buccleuch, Victoria’s new Lady In Waiting, or as she was officially known, the Mistress of the Robes. It’s a formidable role and I’m happy to report that it’s a reoccurring one, so we’ll be seeing a lot of Dame Diana in the next few weeks.

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Despite the fact that Rigg is 79 and the real-life Duchess was only in her 30s when she started working for Victoria, series creator and writer Daisy Goodwin wrote the role of the character Rigg plays with her in mind. According to Goodwin, Rigg “brings a certain asperity to the screen and to the set."

Rigg would be the first to agree that the Duchess and she do tend to have a lot in common. Apart from being pretty stern, they both like to speak their minds and are also very efficient. Which is probably why it apparently only takes Rigg 30 minutes to get made up and costumed.

Much to her relief, unlike the other ladies in the series, Rigg didn’t have to squeeze herself into a waist-cinching corset. “I am not interested in having a waist – forget that”, explains Rigg. There was, however, one thing the actress couldn’t avoid when filming and that was getting in and out of a horse-drawn carriage. Fortunately Rigg was able to persuade the director to let her get in and out off camera.

Dame Diana and Jenna Coleman, who plays Victoria, previously worked together in Doctor Who, when Coleman played Clara to Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor. Coincidentally the episode was also set in Victorian England with Rigg played a crazed Victorian mill-owner!

Victoria Season 2 on Masterpiece airs Sunday, January 14th at 9pm.

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