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First look: Claes Bang in BBC One’s Dracula

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The first pictures of Claes Bang as Count Dracula have been revealed, as filming continues on BBC One’s forthcoming three-part series.

Written by Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, the co-production between BBC One and Netflix was first announced last year. Joining Bang in this reinvention of Bram Stoker’s iconic tale are Lyndsey Marshal (Trauma, The League Of Gentlemen), Chanel Cresswell (The Bay, This Is England), Matthew Beard (An Education, The Imitation Game), Lydia West (Years & Years), Paul Brennen (Wild Bill, Happy Valley), Sarah Niles (Catastrophe, Beautiful People), Sofia Oxenham (Poldark, Grantchester), John McCrea (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, God’s Own Country), Phil Dunster (Humans, Save Me) and Millicent Wong.

They will appear opposite a cast that already includes John Heffernan, Joanna Scanlan, Dolly Wells, Sacha Dhawan, Jonathan Aris, Morfydd Clark and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. As previously announced, Jonny Campbell (Informer, Westworld), Damon Thomas (Killing Eve, Penny Dreadful) and Paul McGuigan (Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, Sherlock) will direct Dracula’s three feature-length instalments.

Sacha Dhawan leads new cast additions to BBC One and Netflix’s Dracula

30th April 2019

Sacha Dhawan is the latest addition to the cast for BBC One and Netflix’s Dracula series.

Inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel, the series is written by Sherlock creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Commissioned by BBC One, Dracula will be produced by Hartswood Films and is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix.

Three feature length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.

Claes Bang stars as Dracula, with Joanna Scanlan (Hold The Sunset, No Offence) and John Heffernan (Collateral, The Crown) already attached as co-stars. Now, Sacha Dhawan (The Boy With The Top Knot, The Great) has joined the cast, alongside Jonathan Aris (Sherlock, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits, Adulting), Catherine Schell (Doctor Who, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), Youssef Kerkour (Home, Jack Ryan), and Clive Russell (Game Of Thrones, The Terror). Other already announced cast members include Dolly Wells, Morfydd Clark, Lujza Richter and Mark Gatiss.

Filming on Dracula began earlier this year at Orava Castle in Slovakia, before moving to England where it continues at the world famous Bray Studios.

Mark Gatiss (co-writer of the series with Steven Moffat) says: “It’s seriously delightful that our new Dracula is being shot at Bray Studios – the former home of Hammer Films! This wonderfully atmospheric and legendary studio gave birth to so many famous monsters and stars – most memorably Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. As we watch Transylvania once again rise on the sound stages of Bray, it’s amazing to be able to say that Count Dracula has finally come home”.

The show has also lined up its directing talent, with Episode 1 to be helmed by Jonny Campbell (Informer, Westworld) and Damon Thomas (Killing Eve, Penny Dreadful) and Paul McGuigan (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Sherlock) helming episodes 2 and 3 respectively.

Joanna Scanlan, John Heffernan join Claes Bang in BBC One and Netflix’s Dracula

12th February 2019

Joanna Scanlan (Hold The Sunset, No Offence) and John Heffernan (Collateral, The Crown) have joined Claes Bang in BBC One and Netflix’s Dracula.

Inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel, the series is written by Sherlock creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Commissioned by BBC One, Dracula will be produced by Hartswood Films and is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix.

Three feature length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.

Bang was unveiled as the new Dracula last year and now, he’s getting some company. Alongside Scanlan and Heffernan, the series will also star Dolly Wells (Can You Ever Forgive Me, 45 Years), Morfydd Clark (His Dark Materials, Patrick Melrose), Lujza Richter (Phantom Thread) and series co-writer Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who, Sherlock).

Gatiss says: “I’m running out of childhood dreams to come true. And what a delight to join this fantastic cast. The children of the night!”

Moffat says: “So exciting to see an amazing new cast start to assemble, I hope Claes doesn’t eat them all.”

The series will premiere on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK. Filming will begin filming this spring.

Claes Bang to star in BBC One and Netflix’s Dracula

29th November 2018

Claes Bang will star in BBC One’s new Dracula series from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

Inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel, the co-production between BBC One and Netflix re-introduces the world to Dracula, “the vampire who made evil sexy”. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.

Produced by Hartswood Films, the project was announced earlier this year and now, the BBC has found its Count in Danish actor Claes Bang. Trained at Denmark’s National Theatre School, he was a familiar face on stage and screen in Northern Europe before his breakout role as Christian in Ruben Östlund’s The Square, winner of the 2017 Cannes Palme d’Or. He will soon be seen in Season 5 of The Affair, and has recently appeared in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Borgen, The Bridge and German series Sibel & Max.

“I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Dracula, especially when the script is in the hands of the incredible talents of Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and the team responsible for Sherlock,” says Bang. “I’m so excited that I get to dig in to this iconic and super-interesting character. Yes he’s evil, but there’s also so much more to him, he’s charismatic, intelligent, witty and sexy. I realise that there’s a lot to live up to with all the amazing people that have played him over the years, but I feel so privileged, to be taking on this incredible character.”

Hartswood and the writers say: “It was one of those moments – who else could it be than Claes! He has it all. Brilliant, gorgeous, charismatic, lethal. Tall, dark and gruesome all at once. Hell has a new boss.”

Dracula was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. It is written and created by Moffat and Gatiss, who serve as executive producers alongside Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films, Ben Irving for BBC and Larry Tanz for Netflix.

The three-part series will premiere on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK, with production set to begin next year.

BBC One and Netflix team up for Dracula series

15th October 2018

BBC One and Netflix are teaming up for a new take on Dracula. Produced by Sherlock’s Hartswood Films, the three-part series is written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel. The feature-length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.

Moffat and Gatiss say: “There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula, is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”

Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, adds: “Genius duo Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss turn their attentions to Dracula for unmissable event television on BBC One.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, comments: “Steven and Mark’s ingenious vision for Dracula is as clever as it is chilling. In their talented hands the fans will experience the power of Bram Stoker’s creation as if completely anew. We are thrilled to be collaborating with them and the brilliant team at Hartswood on yet another iconic British series.”

Dracula was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. The executive producers are Gatiss and Moffat, alongside Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films and Ben Irving for BBC, and it will be handled by Larry Tanz for Netflix. The series will premiere on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK.

Larry Tanz, Vice President, Content Acquisition, Netflix, says: “We can’t wait to bring Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ brilliant storytelling to our members around the world and we are eager to collaborate on yet another series with the BBC.”

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