Merlin's Katie McGrath: Going blonde for Dracula changed me

After frightening Merlin viewers for years as raven-haired sorceress Morgana (opens in new tab), Katie McGrath has gone blonde for her latest role in Sky Living's Dracula (opens in new tab).

And weirdly, Katie reckons changing hair colour actually changed her into a different person altogether...

"It was so odd being blonde," says Katie. "I'd go into work as Katie, but no sooner had I put on the blonde wig, people treated me differently and I acted differently. Somehow It gave me an entirely different walk. I had a rushed sort of totter as a blonde. It was bizarre!"

Katie plays Victorian era socialite Lucy Westenra, who's the best friend of Mina Murray (Arrow's Jessica De Gouw (opens in new tab)) - the woman Dracula becomes obsessed with over the 10-part series.

"Lucy is a very social girl," explains Katie. "She's high class and intelligent and used to being the focus of every room."

Seeing lead actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (opens in new tab) as Dracula didn't cause any fang-jealousy amongst the cast apparently.

"They are not comfortable to wear I can tell you!" laughs Katie, who also starred alongside Jonathan in BBC2 series The Tudors (opens in new tab). "And Jonny sounded like Daffy Duck with them on!

"Seriously, although the show is called Dracula, it's not really about vampires as such, it's about the relationships between all the characters, and the fact that one of them is a semi-supernatural being is actually just a small part of it. The story is about revenge, love and conflict. What's great about this show is you can root for all the characters, even though all have darker elements."

Dracula premieres on Sky Living, on October 31 at 9pm.


Nicholas Cannon
TV Content Director on TV Times, What's On TV and TV & Satellite Week

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.