LONDON — Move over Helen Mirren, there’s a new queen in town – Elizabeth Hurley.

The English actress is on the British throne for new E! drama series “The Royals,” playing the fictional Queen Helena, a sharply dressed mother of three, grooming her son to be king and dealing with public opinion.

It’s the E! Channel’s first foray out of reality TV into scripted drama. Hurley reckons that fans of “Gossip Girl” and “Dynasty” will enjoy the decadent lifestyles of these tabloid-friendly royals.

Talking recently with The Associated Press on the set in east London, Hurley was in glittering jewels and a cream ball gown on the royal private jet – a hint of how the show will focus on lavish parties, international summits and secret romances.

“There’s no correlation at all between Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and my Queen Helena,” Hurley said. “If Princess Diana, for example, had become queen of England, that would be a more similar age group.”

Hurley, in fact, said that real royalty have it easier than celebrities.

“The royal family have a lot more privacy behind their closed doors than other actors or politicians have because we don’t have the resources that they have to keep us private,” she said.

The show, which also stars William Moseley, Alexandra Park and Merritt Patterson, is still filming and is set to be broadcast in early 2015.


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