Film crews return as Hartlepool acts as film set for ITV’s Victoria

Actors in costume during a break in filming of series 2 of Victoria at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool
Actors in costume during a break in filming of series 2 of Victoria at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

Actors and film crews are back in Hartlepool filming the second series of ITV drama Victoria.

The hit show is filming at the National Museum of the Royal Navy which recreates a Napoleonic sea port, and also on board the paddle steamer Wingfield Castle.

Stunt horse riders take a break from filming on series 2 of Victoria at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

Stunt horse riders take a break from filming on series 2 of Victoria at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

Scores of trailers provided by a company called Movie Makers have filled the car park area.

The programme first came to Hartlepool for filming of the second series in February.

It is not known if stars Jenna Coleman, who plays Queen Victoria, or Tom Hughes, who plays Prince Albert, are part of the film team currently in town.

But a team of stunt horse riders from a company called The Devil’s Horsemen could be seen in costume on horseback and relaxing between takes.

The PSS Wingfield Castle

The PSS Wingfield Castle

And numerous extras in impressive period costumes, including soldiers’ uniforms, could also be seen outside waiting to be called on to the set.

Large French flags adorned the PSS Wingfield Castle area and actors in sailor costumes appeared to be on deck.

Victoria is made by production company Mammoth Screen.

It was recommissioned for a second series after becoming ITV’s top-rated drama of the year with an average of 7.7 million viewers.

Film crew trailers in the car park for series 2 of Victoria at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

Film crew trailers in the car park for series 2 of Victoria at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

Writer Daisy Goodwin said when a second series was announced: “Even though she reigned in the 19th Century, Victoria is a heroine for our times. In the next series she faces the very modern dilemma of how to juggle children with her husband and her job. As Victoria will discover, it’s hard to be a wife, a mother and ruler of the most powerful nation on earth.”

Executive producer Damien Timmer added: “The next few years of Victoria’s reign are packed full of extraordinary real life events, with constitutional crises, scandals at court and personal challenges aplenty for the Queen and Prince Albert.”