Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama. Some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London.
The series has been created by John Logan (writer of Gladiator, The Aviator and Skyfall) and executive produced by Logan and Sam Mendes (director of American Beauty, Road to Perdition, and Skyfall).
Premiering on Showtime on Sunday 11 May 2014 Penny Dreadful has an air of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen being done properly hanging over it.
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Penny Dreadful characters include:
ETHAN CHANDLER (Josh Harnett)
A charming American who finds himself trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London, Ethan’s charm and brash ways are catnip to the ladies. When Sir Malcolm enlists him to help in a personal quest, Ethan meets Brona Croft, a beautiful local with a mysterious past. But behind Ethan’s bright eyes lurk dark secrets. He is running from something, and his troubling past threatens to overtake him at every turn.
SIR MALCOLM (Timothy Dalton)
A hardened African explorer on a deeply personal quest, Sir Malcolm has nonetheless paid a heavy price for his exciting career. Although his stately home is filled with marvellous souvenirs of his travels, it is devoid of family and loved ones. With Vanessa’s help, he is determined to right the wrongs of his past, but his toughest journey lies ahead.
VANESSA IVES (Eva Green)
Poised, mysterious and utterly composed, Vanessa is a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger. She is keenly observant – clairvoyant even – as well as an expert medium. Her supernatural gifts are powerful and useful to those around her, particularly Sir Malcolm, but they are also a heavy burden. Her inner demons are very real to her and everyone around her, and they threaten to destroy her relationships, her sanity, and her very life.
DORIAN GRAY (Reeve Carney)
Dorian Gray is a fabulously wealthy young gentleman who is almost unnerving in his beauty. His skin seems to radiate a golden glow of intoxicating youth and promise. A recklessly abandoned sensualist, he has a devil-may-care attitude that borders on dangerous. Nothing seems to faze him, nor are any risks too great. In fact, he is unnaturally drawn to them.
BRONA CROFT (Billie Piper)
Brona is a poor Irish immigrant to Victorian London trying to escape a dark and sordid past. The Gaelic meaning of her name is “sadness”, yet she remains lovely, spirited, and erotically alive. She forms a bond with Ethan Chandler, who will do anything for her.
SEMBENE (Danny Sapani)
Sembene is an African man with ritual face scarring who serves as Sir Malcolm’s sentry and confidant. He has an air of mystery about him and his heroic efforts will prove invaluable to Sir Malcolm in his personal quest.
DR. VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN (Harry Treadaway)
More Romantic poet than surgeon, Dr. Frankenstein is a tender, gentle soul who is fascinated by the mysteries of life and death. He has dedicated himself to researching what makes something live, and has sacrificed everything for his scientific pursuit. But he is playing with fire, and his research pays off in shocking ways with devastating consequences.