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Take a look at Charlotte Riley as the Duchess of Cambridge in new BBC2 show, King Charles III

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A BBC2 drama focused on an imagined future with Prince Charles as King of England is currently in the works, and two images from the anticipated show, King Charles III, have been released, giving us a first look at Peaky Blinders actress Charlotte Riley in her role as the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Charlotte Riley will play Kate

The drama, which has been adapted from a play directed by Oliver award-winner Rupert Goold, will look at Prince Charles' accession to the throne following the Queen's death, and will follow the repercussions that take place after the new King refuses to sign a controversial bill into law. Charlotte opened up about her role as Kate, saying: "I'm really excited to come on board King Charles III - Mike Bartlett and Rupert Goold are two brilliant creatives. It's such a unique project, to be both modern and rich in verse and to play someone who is real but yet totally re-imagined for this story, is an exciting prospect for an actor. Kate Middleton is a really interesting woman, particularly within the context of this play, and it is a challenge I am really looking forward to."

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The show will imagine Prince Charles' reign as King

The first snap of Charlotte in her role as Kate shows the star dressed in a a navy blouse with pearl earrings a Kate's trademark bouncy blow dry, proving that the actress has perfectly captured the Duchess's impeccable sense of style. The BBC also shared a first look at V for Vendetta actor Tim Pigott-Smith in the role of 'King Charles III'. Speaking about the adaptation, he said: "Performing King Charles in Mike Bartlett's astonishing play in London and New York has been one of the high points of my career. I am thrilled that we are to film it - it is a drama about us, now, who we are, and the relevance of our monarchy. Television gives it an important democratic voice."  

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