‘Albert is serious and intense, but Tom is hilarious.’ She is full of praise for Rufus Sewell (Lord Melbourne).
‘You learn so much by watching him – he can portray an entire emotion just by twitching one corner of his mouth.’ And Dame Diana Rigg (Duchess of Buccleuch) is ‘brilliant.
Can Margaret see the attraction of naughty Ernest, as compared to the more serious Prince Albert? I would go for the bad boy every time – they’re the most exciting,’ she laughs.
‘I think if you’re a charmer, you go very far in life.’Harriet and Ernest’s relationship was left on a knife-edge at the end of the second series: she escaped the court to get away from the heat of their attraction, then returned as a widow after her – dull – husband, the Duke of Sutherland, was killed in a riding accident. People used to communicate feelings that could not be voiced by touching their wrists.
actress MARGARET CLUNIE reveals what makes her on-screen lover so beguiling, why being on set felt like boarding school and how she reckons Prince Albert and his queen have influenced today’s young royals I scarcely recognise the lady before me without her ringlets.
I am having an audience with actress Margaret Clunie, who portrays an actual lady – Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland – in ITV’s acclaimed period drama .
Harriet has been a hit with viewers, with part of her screen appeal owing to the forbidden romance that plays out between her and Prince Albert’s elder brother Ernest, ‘a bad boy with a heart of gold’.
He and the star, 44, have been close pals for 25 years.We have great restaurants and Turkish baths where we go in our free time, though mostly we just sit around drinking endless cups of tea and coffee.’Jenna Coleman (who plays Victoria) is ‘lovely and always carries delicious snacks which makes her very popular on set, where everything revolves around eating.