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A Brit Watcher’s Guide to ‘Penny Dreadful’
Showtime’s highly erotic and bloody Penny Dreadful is spilling over with British actors. Based in Victorian England, the story is a mashup of classic literary characters like Dr. Victor Frankenstein, his Creature and the never aging Dorian Gray, all existing in one realm. The Brit-heavy ensemble cast is led by French actress Eva Green (Casino Royale), who plays the enchanting Vanessa Ives. She meets her match in the form of American traveler Ethan Chandler, played by actor Josh Hartnett (30 Days of Night).
Penny Dreadful, created by Hugo‘s screenwriter John Logan, with Skyfall‘s director Sam Mendes on deck to executive produce, premieres on Sunday, May 11 at 10pm on Showtime.
Here’s a look at the Britished-up main cast:
Character: Brona Croft
Description: A struggling Irish immigrant who is running from her past.
Seen in: BBC America’s Doctor Who (2005-2008, 2010’s “The End of Time”, 2013’s “The Day of the Doctor”); HBO’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
Here’s a peek at the supporting cast made up of Brits:
Character: Claire Ives
Description: There’s not a ton of info on Chancellor’s role, other than that she shares the same last name as Green’s character … we’re excited to see what she’s up to.
Seen in: BBC America’s The Hour; BBC Three’s Pramface; Four Weddings and a Funeral
Simon Russell Beale
Description: Dr. Frankenstein’s side project.
Seen in: Being Human, BBC America’s Doctor Who (“The Vampires of Venice”).
The list doesn’t stop there with newcomer-ish Olivia Llewellyn (Pirate Radio) playing Dracula’s muse Mina Harker. And, of course, there are a number of actors, both English and Irish, taking on one-off roles like “sailor” and “theater heckler.” The unnamed characters may not get the glory, but it’d be a pretty quiet set without them.
Who plays Penny Dreadful you ask? Oh, by the way, penny dreadful is no lady; it’s actually a term to describe gory fiction publications that were sold weekly at newsstands in the 19th century for one cent.
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