Billie Piper joins James Bond stars in Sam Mendes psychosexual horror series Penny Dreadful

The Doctor Who companion will join Bond actors Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Rory Kinnear in a series bringing together characters from Gothic novels Frankenstein, Dracula and Dorian Gray

Skyfall director Sam Mendes has gathered together a group of James Bond alumni for new “psychosexual” period horror Penny Dreadful.


Eva Green and Rory Kinnear, who starred alongside Daniel Craig in Casino Royale and Skyfall, respectively, will join former 007 Timothy Dalton in the series created by John Logan, who wrote the latest Bond outing.

Doctor Who fans will also be pleased to see the Time Lord’s former companion Billie Piper among the cast. 

Set in Victorian London, Penny Dreadful unites dsiparate characters from classic Gothic novels including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Green will play a character named Vanessa Ives, described as “a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger”, with Dalton as African explorer Sir Malcolm.

Kinnear’s as-yet-unnamed role is described as “mysterious” and “of haunting intensity”, while Piper will star as Brona Croft, an Irish immigrant who has come to London in an attempt to escape her dark past.

US singer and actor Reeve Carney will play Oscar Wilde’s supernaturally attractive and decadent anti-hero Dorian Grey, British star Harry Treadaway will take on the role of Dr Victor Frankenstein and Hollywood A-lister Josh Hartnett will play charming American Ethan Chandler, who finds himself caught up in the dark world of underground Victorian London.

Penny Dreadful is executive-produced by Mendes and Logan for US Network Showtime and will air in the UK on Sky Atlantic, who are co-funding the series.

Billie Piper is set to reprise her role as Rose Tyler in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, in November.