Meet the cast of the BBC and Netflix’s Dracula

We’re already calling them the fang gang...


Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ Dracula adaptation remains a bit mysterious at the moment, but a regular trickle of cast information has us eager to meet the new inhabitants of Bram Stoker’s dark supernatural world.


At the moment, few character details have been announced, but we do know exactly which actors will be involved in the three-part BBC series, streaming on Netflix outside the UK. Here’s where you might have seen them before.

Claes Bang – Count Dracula

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A centuries-old vampire who lives in Transylvania, the blood-drinking Count Dracula develops new plans when he’s visited by an English solicitor…

Currently the only actor with a confirmed role, Danish actor Bang was previously best known for his lead part in The Square, a satirical drama where he played an art curator, which won the Palme D’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Over the years Bang has appeared in many Danish TV series and films, and UK audiences may have spotted him in The Bridge, Dicte, Borgen or 2018 thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

John Heffernan

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Heffernan is best known for playing villainous or upper-class characters (or both!) with previous roles including Lord Altrincham in The Crown, Sam Spence in Collateral, Henry Lascelles in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Jaggers in Dickensian. In recent years he has also appeared in Brexit: The Uncivil War, The Loch and Foyle’s War among other roles.

Dolly Wells

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Actor and writer Wells has appeared in films including Bridget Jones’ Diary, I Capture the Castle, 45 Years, Bridget Jones’ Baby and Can You Ever Forgive Me? alongside TV series including The Bill, Peep Show, Star Stories, Campus, Spy, Some Girls, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy and Blunt Talk.

Alongside Emily Mortimer, she starred in Sky Living’s Doll & Em, a fictionalised sitcom version of their real-life friendship.

Joanna Scanlan

Joanna Scanlan is Sandra in Hold the Sunset

Scanlan is probably best known for her role as useless press officer Terri Coverley in satire The Thick of It and for starring as tough cop DI Deering in Channel 4’s No Offence.

However she has also had notable roles in dark NHS drama Getting On (which she also co-wrote), Spaced, The Woman in White, Rev, Death Comes to Pemberley, Big School and Hold the Sunset.

Film appearances include Stardust, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Notes on a Scandal, Birdget Jones’ Baby and Charles Dickens movie The Invisible Woman.

Morfydd Clark

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Welsh actor Clark has appeared in films including The Falling, Love & Friendship, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and upcoming Armando Ianucci adaptation The Personal History of David Copperfield. She has appeared in TV series like Patrick Melrose, New Worlds, The Alienist and The City and the City.

Lujza Richter

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Richter is best known for her role as Princess Mona Braganza in critically-acclaimed movie Phantom Thread, though she has also appeared in short films like The Refuge and Those Who Are Most Happy.

Mark Gatiss

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Credit: Ray Burmiston

Gatiss co-wrote and co-created Dracula alongside his longtime colleague Steven Moffat, having previously worked on Sherlock together as well as collaborating during Moffat’s time on Doctor Who. As in Sherlock, he also takes an important acting role in their new project.

Among his many credits over the years Gatiss has appeared in TV shows like Wolf Hall, Game of Thrones, Gunpowder, London Spy, Taboo, Being Human, Psychoville, Jekyll and Good Omens. He has also played multiple characters in Doctor Who (which he has written nine episodes for), most recently in the 2017 Christmas special.

Film roles include The Favourite, Christopher Robin, Dad’s Army, Our Kind of Traitor, Victor Frankenstein and The Mercy. Along with Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, he created and starred in The League of Gentlemen and its attending spin-off movie and revival.

Jonathan Aris

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Best known for his work in Moffat and Gatiss’ previous show Sherlock (where he played forensic scientist Philip Anderson), Aris has also appeared in shows including The Game, Wolf Hall, Humans, The Night Manager, Tutankhamun, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Black Mirror, Good Omens, Spooks, The Government Inspector, Merlin, Being Human and Silk.

Film roles have included Gulliver’s Travels, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Death of Stalin, All the Money in the World, Morgan, Sightseers and Bright Star.

Sacha Dhawan


Dhawan also appeared in Sherlock as assassin Ajay, and starred in other Mark Gatiss dramas like An Adventure in Space and Time and The Tractate Middoth.

Notable roles elsewhere have included Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix, Being Human, Outsourced, The Deep, Utopia, 24: Live Another Day, In the Flesh, In the Club, Mr Selfridge, No Offence and The Boy with the Topknot.

Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

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Stewart-Jarrett is best known for his roles as time-rewinding Curtis in e4 superhero drama Misfits and as Ian in Channel 4’s Utopia. He has also appeared in The Paradise, Famous in Love, Prey, The Bill, The Kid Who Would Be King and Vita and Virginia.

Catherine Schell

Hungarian-born actor Schell came to prominence in the UK in the 1960s, when she was a Bond girl in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. She has also appeared in films like Moon Zero Two and Traitor’s Gate.

She starred alongside Peter Sellers in his films The Return of the Pink Panther and The Prisoner of Zenda, as well as films like Madame Sin, The Black Windmill, Callan and Gulliver’s Travels.

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On television she appeared in cult sci-fi series Space: 1999 as Maya, and in classic Doctor Who serial City of Death among other roles. Dracula will mark her first TV role in 23 years.

Youssef Kerkour

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Kerkour is probably best known for his role as Syrian immigrant Sami in Channel 4’s sitcom Home, and has also starred in Nightflyers, Bounty Hunters, Marcella, Strike Back and Holby City among other projects.

Clive Russell

International audiences may recognise Russell for his role as Ser Brynden ‘The Blackfish’ Tully in Game of Thrones, though UK fans will probably have noted him in many other projects over the years.

Highlights include Ripper Street, Happiness, Great Expectations, Spaced, Still Game, Coronation Street, Merlin, Sherlock Holmes, The Wolfman, Thor: The Dark World, Shetland, Outlander, Uncle, The Hatton Garden Job and Back among many others.

Lyndsey Marshal

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Lyndsey Marshal (Getty, EH)

Marshal is well known for her role as Cleopatra in HBO’s Rome and as Lady Sarah Hill in Garrow’s Law. She has also starred in Being Human, Titanic, Inside No. 9, Midsomer Murders, The Shadow in the North and The League of Gentlemen.

Chanel Cresswell

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Cresswell won a BAFTA for her role as Kelly Jenkins in This is England, and has also appeared in Murdered for Being Different, The Split, Vera, Silent Witness, Trollied and Casualty.

Matthew Beard

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Breaking out in 2007’s And When Did You Last See Your Father?, Beard has also starred in The Imitation Game, The Riot Club, Hippie Hippie Shake, Fat Friends, An Education, One Day, Johnny English Strikes Again and Channel 4 drama Kiss Me First. He has also modelled for Burberry and Prada.

Lydia West

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West recently had a starring role in Russell T Davies’s Years and Years, playing tech-obsessed daughter Bethany in all six episodes of the miniseries.

Paul Brennen

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Paul Brennen as Colonel with artists of the company in Hampstead Theatre’s production of Beth Steel’s Wonderland

Brennen has appeared in projects including Alien 3, Men in Black: International, Dark Angel, Happy Valley, Silent Witness, Partners in Crime, Borgia, The Tudors, EastEnders, Shameless, Bad Girls, Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders among others. He also has a great many theatre credits, including Wonderland (above).

Sarah Niles

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Niles played Melissa in Channel 4’s Catastrophe, and has also appeared in Moving On, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Spotless, Holby City, Waterloo Road, Being Human, Doctor Who and Beautiful People.

Sofia Oxenham

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Oxenham has appeared in Grantchester and Doc Martin, but her biggest role will be in the new series of Poldark, within which she plays Tess Tregidden.

John McCrea

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McCrea has appeared in Giri/Haji, God’s Own Country, Bleak House, New Tricks and CBBC show Kerching!, but is probably best known for playing the title role in West End show Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. In the upcoming film adaptation, he will cameo as the younger version of drag persona Loco Chanelle.

Phil Dunster

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Dunster has had major roles in Channel 4’s Humans, Save Me, No Offence, Strike Back, Murder on the Orient Express, Catastrophe, Benidorm, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and Shakespeare movie All is True. He is soon to appear in Glass Houses, Catherine the Great and The Good Liar, and regular acts for Sir Kenneth Branagh in his stage and screen projects.

Millicent Wong

This is Wong’s first TV project, though she has had some stage roles at The Royal Court and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.


Dracula comes to BBC1 this winter