Good news for Alex Kingston fans, you’re going to be seeing more of her on the small screen even when she’s not guest starring in Doctor Who.
The actress has recently signed up to play the role of Blanche Mottershead, the younger sister of Lady Holland in the next series of Upstairs Downstairs.
Shooting begins in October (well away from the shooting of the new series of Doctor Who so have no worries, she could still fit a few episodes as River Song into her schedule) and will be set in 1938 during the months leading up to the second World War which, funnily enough, was an era that Kingston was recently seen in during events of Let’s Kill Hitler! The actress commented about the part she was undertaking:
“Heidi [the writer of Upstairs Downstairs] really has created a wonderfully, intriguing character in Blanche who will over time reveal some secrets of her own.”
What is it with writers of resurrected television shows getting Alex Kingston to play a mysterious lady with secrets to be revealed as time goes by?
Kingston joins Jean Marsh (The Daleks’ Master Plan) and Simon Williams (Remembrance of the Daleks) in the list of actors that will have starred in both Upstairs Downstairs and Doctor Who and all have faced-off against Daleks!
Is there a mysterious force at work out there in television land?
Upstairs Downstairs returns to the BBC in spring. The Wedding of River Song featuring Alex Kingston as River Song will be on BBC One this Saturday.