Victoria Hamilton: ‘Women can now carry shows – without faces full of Botox’

She donned a specially modified swimsuit to play the Queen Mother in The Crown. Now she’s a spy-busting gay senator in Deep State – and revelling in its love story

Shortly before I’m due to interview her in a hotel room, I run into Victoria Hamilton in the loo. I wouldn’t have recognised her from The Crown, in which she plays the Queen Mother, even though she swears they did nothing to her appearance – except make her wear “a swimsuit that had tits built into my stomach. Then they’d take all my makeup off and put a grey wig on my head.”

I would have recognised her from Deep State, because I’d only just watched an episode: a hot, gory spy drama, paranoid and nail-biting. But really I recognise her because I feel like I already know her from all her great theatre roles and countless period dramas, from Scoop to Mansfield Park.

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Victoria Hamilton: ‘Women can now carry shows – without faces full of Botox’