Da Vinci’s Demons series 2 confirmed

The US drama set in Renaissance Italy follows Leonardo da Vinci's early life and stars Tom Riley and Sherlock's Lara Pulver

Da Vinci’s Demons had barely left the starting blocks when it was handed a second series by bosses at US cable network Starz. The new show – created by Man Of Steel’s David S Goyer – debuted in America last week to an audience of 2.14 million viewers, making it the hightest rated premiere weekend for an original Starz series. 

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Executive produced by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner (who were both largely responsible for Russell T Davies’ Doctor Who revival) the US drama series follows Leonardo da Vinci’s early life in Renaissance Italy.

Starring Tom Riley in the eponymous role, the re-comissioned show also features Laura Haddock as da Vinci’s lover Lucrezia Donati, Blake Ritson as Count Girolamo Riario, Elliot Cowan as Lorenzo Medici and Sherlock’s very own Lara Pulver (who famously portayed Irene Adler opposide Benedict Cumberbatch’s super sleuth) as Lorenzo’s wife, Clarice Orsini.

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Prepare yourself for what must have been an explosive first episode when Da Vinci’s Demons begins in the UK this Friday at 10pm on Fox