BBC Dracula hints at SEX with male and female victims

Get ready to sink your teeth into Dracula! Brooding Danish star Claes Bang is poised to become your new TV pin-up as fans swoon over the ‘sexy’ vampire ahead of tonight’s premiere

  • BBC’s three-part adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula premieres tonight at 9pm 
  • The series, from the creators of Sherlock, stars Claes Bang as the vampire
  • Opening scene hints the Count might have had sex with his victims 
  • Bang, 52, also spends an ‘eyebrow-raising amount of time naked’ on screen 

Danish actor Claes Bang is poised to become TV’s newest sex symbol when he makes his debut as Dracula tonight.

Bang, 52, best known as The Affair’s Sasha Mann, plays the world’s most famous vampire in the BBC’s new three-part adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic. 

Fans are already impressed with what they’ve seen, with one declaring the tall, dark and handsome leading man to be ‘very sexy’. Another tweeted cheekily: ‘Claes Bang as the Dark Prince would have my neck anytime he wanted…’ 

Meanwhile early reviews of the mini series, which will air on three consecutive nights from today, suggest Bang ditches his signature cloak to appear in the nude on more than one occasion. 


Claes Bang (left), 52, best known as The Affair’s Sasha Mann, plays the world’s most famous vampire in the BBC’s new three-part adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic (right)

Early reviews suggest Bang ditches his signature cloak to appear in the nude on more than one occasion. Pictured, Bang strips off in a convent in a promotional shot from Dracula

Fans are already impressed with what they’ve seen, with one declaring the tall, dark and handsome leading man to be ‘very sexy’. Another shared this cheeky tweet above

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, journalist Michael Hogan noted Bang spends ‘an eyebrow-raising amount of screen-time naked’.   

Dracula marks Bang’s most high-profile English-language role to date and marks the culmination of an exciting few years. 

The actor, who is married to artist and photographer Lis Kasper Bang, had his breakout role in the 2017 Ruben Östlund film The Square, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for best foreign language film.

It has been followed by turns in The Girl in the Spider’s Web and The Burnt Orange Heresy, in which he starred opposite Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Debicki and Donald Sutherland. 

The BBC adaptation follows lawyer Jonathan Harker (John Heffernan) as he travels to Transylvania to meet a new client, which turns out to be Dracula (pictured together)

One review noted Bang spends ‘an eyebrow-raising amount of screen-time naked’. Pictured, the actor, topless and covered in blood, in a scene with nun Sister Agatha (Dolly Wells)

 Bang’s Dracula performance has made headlines already, prompting fans who were shown a preview to take to Twitter to share their excitement. Pictured, wiping blood from his mouth

But to British TV viewers he is likely to be best known as Sasha Mann, the charismatic, A-list movie star who played Helen’s (Maura Tierney) love interest in the fifth and final season of The Affair. 

Bang’s Dracula performance has made headlines already, prompting fans who were shown a preview to take to Twitter to share their excitement. 

One viewer who attended a preview screening in London this week tweeted: ‘Claes Bang is an INCREDIBLE Dracula! I love Claes a Person, and as an Actor SO much! His interpretation of the Transylvanian Count was witty, devious and, (also), very sexy.’ 

Another agreed: ‘Holy Transylvania, #Dracula is incredible. #StevenMoffat and @Markgatiss have done it again. This is a Dracula redefined for a new era – suave and cool, intimate and sexy, deliciously funny and horrifyingly grotesque. #ClaesBang is the Count of a generation. @BBCOne #BFI.’   

To British TV viewers he is likely to be best known as Sasha Mann, the charismatic, A-list movie star who played Helen’s (Maura Tierney) love interest in the fifth and final season of The Affair. Pictured, in a scene with Noah (Dominic West) and Whitney (Julia Goldani Telles)

The show’s overtly sexual nature was also noted by Matthew Moore of The Times, who revealed the series includes a ‘sex scene between Dracula and Jonathan Harker (John Heffernan), the [British] solicitor dispatched to his Romanian lair’.

He wrote: ‘The sexual tone is clear from the outset. Even before the opening credits roll a character is asked plainly: “Did you have sex with Count Dracula?”‘ 

But Moffat, 58, insisted the sex in the show should be seen as an act of destruction, rather than an act of romance. 

Speaking at a screening, he said: ‘He’s bi-homicidal, it’s not the same thing. He’s killing them, not dating them.’

The BBC adaptation follows Harker as he travels to Transylvania to meet a new client.

It is only once he is in the castle of Count Dracula that he realises he is a prisoner, rather than a guest. Dracula also stars Dolly Wells as nun Sister Agatha.  

Dracula begins on BBC One at 9pm tonight

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