The visual appeal of Sky Living’s glossy new take on the Dracula myth is reminiscent of some of its acclaimed period drama contemporaries, according to leading man Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
“[Dracula] contains the beauty and majesty of Downton Abbey or Boardwalk Empire,” says Meyers. “It’s very, very lush and very, very beautiful.”
His co-star Jessica De Gouw, who plays Dracula’s muse Mina Murray, agrees: “It looks so beautiful, I’ve never seen anything so beautiful.”
But as you’d expect from a series with a blood-sucking protagonist, Dracula goes deeper and darker than its opulent Victorian setting.
“[Dracula] is a manifestation of pain and loss – a tempest,” says Meyers of his character. “Revenge, pain, love and loss are universal themes.”
And Katie McGrath, who stars as Mina’s flirtatious friend Lucy Westenra, hints at a fun and playful side to the drama, among the serious bits.
“There’s hints of modernity, there’s bits of the past, there’s a bit of blood and guts and gore – and some sex. It’s got everything.”