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Dracula first look! Claes Bang sinks his teeth into iconic role

Dracula first look
(Image credit: BBC/Hartswood Films/Robert Vigla)

Victorian London has been warned...

Here’s first look pictures of actor Claes Bang sinking his teeth into BBC1’s new version of Dracula.

The Danish star looks suitably devilish as Count Dracula in the latest take on the Bram Stoker classic, which has been penned and executive produced by Sherlock writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

Dracula first look

The vampire has a plan to attack London...

Dracula is billed as reintroducing the world to “the vampire who made evil sexy”. The reinvented Dracula will open in 1897, with the blood drinking Count drawing up plans to mount a vicious and gruesome attack on Victorian London.

Talking about what we can expect from the three-part series, Mark and Steven previously said: “There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula, is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”

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The BBC also announced today a string of new cast members including  Lyndsey Marshal (Trauma, The League of Gentlemen), Chanel Cresswell (The Bay, This Is England) and Matthew Beard (An Education, The Imitation Game).

Previous cast announced include Getting On’s Joanna Scanlan and former Bond girl Catherine Schell, who appeared opposite George Lazenby in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Filming has been taking place at Orava Castle in Slovakia and the famous Bray Studios in England.

Mark Gattiss previously said: “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 series will be shown on the BBC first in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK.

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