Joan Collins is joining another powerful TV dynasty.
The soap legend will guest star as the mother of Elizabeth Hurley’s Queen Helena on E!’s first scripted series, The Royals.
People.com first reported the news, noting that Collins’ “formidable” Grand Duchess of Oxford will come with “an entourage and an agenda.”
From One Tree Hill executive producers Mark Schwahn — who also wrote and directed the pilot — Brian Robbins and Joe Davola, the Hamlet-esque drama follows a fictional British Royal family in modern-day London.
The series stars Hurley as the family’s matriarch, who comes into conflict with her head of security’s daughter (played by Ravenswood‘s Haley Lu Richardson) when the young woman begins a secret romance with Prince Liam (William Moseley, The Chronicles of Narnia films).
The Royals is set to premiere in early 2015.
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