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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Merlin star joins Sky Living series.


Sky Living HD and NBC announced today that Katie McGrath (Merlin) and Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones) will join Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) as series regulars in the much anticipated new drama series “Dracula” coming to Sky Living HD later this year.

McGrath will play Lucy Westenra, aristocratic London’s sexy, social butterfly who has a penchant for gossip, flirting and all things glamorous. A best friend to Dracula’s muse, Mina Murray (played by Jessica De Gouw), Lucy gradually becomes entwined in a web of lies, lust and temptation that challenges the boundaries of their relationship. McGrath recently completed her series regular role of Morgana on BBC’s hit television show, “Merlin.”

Nonso Anozie has been cast as R.M. Renfield, Alan Grayson’s (Dracula - Jonathan Rhys Meyers) fiercely loyal confidante.  Renfield is the keeper of Dracula’s deepest and darkest secrets and the stabilizing force that allows his two personas to successfully coexist. Anozie has guest starred on the critically acclaimed, “Game of Thrones,” and recently had a supporting role in Liam Neeson’s feature film, “The Grey.”

The 10-episode series re-introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There's only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: he’s fallen hopelessly in love with a woman who appears to be the reincarnation of his dead wife (Jessica De Gouw as “Mina.”)

Based on a script by co-executive producer Cole Haddon, “Dracula” will be executive-produced by former president of HBO Films and Emmy winner Colin Callender (“The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby”) for Playground, Tony Krantz (“24”, “Sports Night”) for Flame Ventures, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Gareth Neame ("Downton Abbey") for Carnival Films (a division of NBCUniversal International Television Production), Dan Knauf (“Carnivale”), and Universal Television. The Commissioning Editor for Sky is Anne Mensah, Head of Drama, Sky.

“Dracula” is the latest in a series of co-productions embarked on by Sky, with previous projects including “Treasure Island,” “Strike Back” and “The Tunnel” with Canal+. Sky has previously signaled its commitment to original production by increasing its investment in original British content by 50 per cent over the next three years.  By 2014, Sky expects to invest £600 million a year on home grown content across its portfolio of channels. 

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