The actress who played the Queen Mother in The Crown says she thinks viewers are turning off from dramas that feature ‘fake’ sex scenes and cosmetically-enhanced women.
Victoria Hamilton, who donned a ‘swimsuit with t***’ to achieve the Queen Mother’s fuller figure in the hit show, says there’s never been a better time to be a female actor over the age of 40, with better roles on offer for the first time.
The actress, who’s about to play a gay spy in new Fox thriller Deep State, told the Guardian that people now want to see ‘real bodies and real people’.
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Victoria Hamilton played the Queen Mother in the last series of The Crown and says roles for women have never been more profound, thanks to series such as The Killing and Borgen
The actor’s latest role is in thriller Deep State, in which she plays a gay spy in her forties. Hamilton told the Guardian that her jaw would have dropped ten years ago if she’d have been told she would play a character involved in a ‘love story’ at the age of 48
Hamilton said the sea-change in what people want from female actors began with hard-hitting dramas such as The Killing.
She said: ‘Not only were women carrying [those] shows, they didn’t have a face full of Botox and weren’t pneumatic-looking. And the sexuality of those women was suddenly real.’
She added: ‘Real bodies and real people and it’s 100 times sexier than the sex scenes that we’ve all been watching for decades, faked and airbrushed and boring.’
The actor being helped on with the glamorous outfits she donned to play the Queen Mother; she revealed that she wore a sort of ‘swimming costume with t***’ to achieve a fuller figure for the role
The actor also said there’s never been so many good roles for women over the age of 40, saying: ‘They really are starting to write fully rounded protagonist roles for women who aren’t 35.
She continued: ‘I never thought, at 48, I’d be doing a job that had a love story written into it. If you’d told me that 10 years ago, my jaw would have been on the floor.’
The third series of the hit show sees Olivia Colman – who received a CBE this week – replacing Claire Foy, who garnered awards galore for her portrayal of the younger Queen.
Heir to the throne: When the makers of Netflix hit The Crown came to replace Claire Foy (right) with an older actress, Olivia Colman was duly anointed (left)
The third series of the multi-award-winning show, which has spearheaded Netflix’s TV revolution, promises new politics (Britain’s first socialist government since the end of World War Two and entry into the European Union) and new tensions within the Royal household.