‘Sherlock’ star joins cast of BBC’s new ‘Dracula’ period drama series

More cast members have been announced for the BBC and Netflix’s Dracula.

Comprising of three 90-minute episodes, the upcoming period drama began filming earlier this month.

Dracula is being written by Sherlock creators Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen), who first announced their plans way back in June 2017.

Based on Bram Stoker’s classic Gothic novel, which was originally published in 1897, the series will star award-winning Danish star Claes Bang as Count Dracula himself.

The 51-year-old actor is best known for his roles in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, The Affair and Borgen.

It’s now been confirmed that Dracula writer Mark Gatiss will be appearing on screen too, having previously played Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock, which he also co-wrote.

Gatiss commented: “I’m running out of childhood dreams to come true. And what a delight to join this fantastic cast. The children of the night.”

He’ll be joined by Joanna Scanlan (No Offence), Dolly Wells (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), John Heffernan (The Crown), Morfydd Clark (Patrick Melrose) and Lujza Richter (Phantom Thread).

Their exact roles have not yet been revealed.

Co-writer Steven Moffat said: “So exciting to see an amazing new cast start to assemble, I hope Claes doesn’t eat them all.”

Dracula is expected to premiere in late 2019 or early 2020 on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix in the rest of the world.

The series will be set in Transylvania in novel’s original time period of 1897 as the blood-drinking Count draws his plans against Victorian London.

The complete Sherlock DVD box set is available on Amazon.