Two more ‘Sherlock’ actors join cast of BBC’s new ‘Dracula’ series

Several new cast members have been announced for Dracula.

Based on Bram Stoker’s classic Gothic novel, originally published in 1897, the BBC and Netflix’s upcoming period drama series began filming in March at Orava Castle in Slovakia.

The three 90-minute episodes will be set in Transylvania in 1897 as the blood-drinking Count draws his plans against Victorian London.

Danish actor Claes Bang (Borgen) is playing Dracula, alongside Sherlock star Mark Gatiss.

Gatiss has also co-written Dracula with Steven Moffat, following the pair’s previous collaboration writing Sherlock.

The writer and actor commented: “It’s seriously delightful that our new Dracula is being shot at Bray Studios – the former home of Hammer Films!

“This wonderfully atmospheric and legendary studio gave birth to so many famous monsters and stars – most memorably Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. As we watch Transylvania once again rise on the sound stages of Bray, it’s amazing to be able to say that Count Dracula has finally come home.”

It’s now been revealed that two more Sherlock alumni have been added to the cast:

Jonathan Aris, who played forensics team member Anderson in five episodes, and Sacha Dhawan, who played Ajay in Season 4’s ‘The Six Thatchers’.

They’ll be joined by Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits), Catherine Schell (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), Youssef Kerkour (Jack Ryan) and Clive Russell (Game of Thrones).

The cast also includes Joanna Scanlan (No Offence), Dolly Wells (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), John Heffernan (The Crown), Morfydd Clark (Patrick Melrose) and Lujza Richter (Phantom Thread).

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 complete Sherlock DVD box set is available on Amazon.