Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Santa Muerte

Series 1 - Episode 1 Santa Muerte



Writer John Logan brings his quirky horror franchise forward by half a century for this spin-off, which takes place in a richly realised Los Angeles on the eve of the Second World War. As racial tensions brew and Nazis, personified by Rory Kinnear as an apparently kindly paediatrician, lurk, Natalie Dormer strides about in a PVC dress as supernatural demon Magda, whose ability to possess ordinary mortals means Dormer also gets to play three of the supporting characters. Given the rather stately pace and wide focus of this opening episode, she’ll need to be on form for this to fly – although the Mexican-Jewish cop partnership played by Daniel Zovatto and Nathan Lane also shows some promise.


Crime drama set in 1930s Los Angeles. Detective Tiago Vega and his partner Lewis Michener investigate a murder as the city sits on the brink of social unrest. Meanwhile, Tiago's activist brother Raul Vega battles with the fiery Councilman Charlton Townsend over the construction of California's first freeway. Starring Natalie Dormer, Daniel Zovatto and Nathan Lane.

Cast & Crew

Magda/Elsa/Alex/Rio Natalie Dormer
Tiago Vega Daniel Zovatto
Lewis Michener Nathan Lane
Councilman Charlton Townsend Michael Gladis
Maria Vega Adriana Barraza
Josefina Vega Jessica Garza
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