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Created byCole Haddon
Based onDracula
by Bram Stoker
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers
  • Jessica De Gouw
  • Thomas Kretschmann
  • Victoria Smurfit
  • Oliver Jackson-Cohen
  • Nonso Anozie
  • Katie McGrath
ComposerTrevor Morris
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Colin Callender
  • Daniel Knauf
  • Tony Krantz
  • Gareth Neame
  • Anne Mensahn
Production locationHungary
CinematographyOusama Rawi
EditorPaul Knight
Running time43 minutes
Production companies
  • Universal Television
  • Carnival Films
  • Flame Ventures
  • Playground Entertainment
Original networkNBC (US)
Sky Living (UK)
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseOctober 25, 2013 (2013-10-25) –
January 24, 2014 (2014-01-24)

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Dracula is a British-American horror drama television series.[1] The series, a reimagining of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, was produced by London-based Carnival Films; it aired in the United States on NBC and in the United Kingdom on Sky Living. It was created by Cole Haddon,[2] while Daniel Knauf served as showrunner and head writer.[3]

The series was given a straight-to-series commitment of ten episodes.[2][4] It was canceled after one season.[5]


The series 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. However, his plan is complicated when he falls in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.[6]

Cast and characters[]

Main cast[]

  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula / Alexander Grayson / Vlad Tepes[citation needed]
  • Jessica De Gouw as Mina Murray / Ilona,[citation needed] a medical student and the reincarnation of Dracula's long-dead wife.
  • Thomas Kretschmann as Abraham Van Helsing,[7] Mina's lecturer at university. Kretschmann previously played Dracula in the 2012 Italian horror film, Dracula 3D.
  • Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby, a fashionable huntswoman who is immediately enticed by the King of Vampires.[8]
  • Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Jonathan Harker, a gauche journalist who's desperate to climb the ranks of aristocracy.[9][10]
  • Nonso Anozie as R.M. Renfield, Dracula's loyal confidant and keeper of secrets.[11]
  • Katie McGrath as Lucy Westenra[11] a rich society girl who harbors secret romantic feelings for Mina, her best friend.[12]

Recurring cast[]

  • Ben Miles as Browning, the leader of the Order of the Dragon.
  • Robert Bathurst as Lord Thomas Davenport
  • Miklós Bányai as Szabo, Harker's friend and former co-worker at the newspaper.
  • Phil McKee as Joseph Kowalski, Grayson's head technician.
  • Anthony Calf as Dr. William Murray, Mina's father and the director of Bethlem Royal Hospital.
  • Jemma Redgrave as Minerva Westenra, Lucy's mother.
  • Tamer Hassan as Kaha Ruma aka "The Moroccan".[13]


The series was shot in Budapest.[8][14] Prior to the series premiere, NBC released an animated web companion entitled Dracula Rising, which serves as a prequel that depicts the origin story of the titular character.[15]


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Awards and nominations[]

Year Group Award Result Notes
2014 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in One-Hour Episodic Television Series Nominated Dracula
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Drama Nominated Dracula
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Actor in a New TV Series - Jonathan Rhys Meyers Nominated Dracula

See also[]

  • Vampire film
  • List of vampire television series


  1. Busis, Hillary (May 12, 2013). "NBC fall schedule reveals big moves". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Byrne, Craig (July 24, 2012). "NBC Orders 10-Episode Dracula Series With Jonathan Rhys Meyers". KSiteTV. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  3. Andreeva, Nellie (October 8, 2012). "'Carnivale' Creator to Run NBC's 'Dracula'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  4. Keene, Allison (July 25, 2012). "Jonathan Rhys Meyers To Star in NBC DRACULA Series". Collider. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  5. Kondolojy, Amanda (May 10, 2014). "'Dracula' Canceled by NBC After One Season". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  6. NBC. "About Dracula". NBC. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  7. Roots, Kimberly (February 11, 2013). "Scoop: NBC's Dracula Casts King Kong Actor as Its Van Helsing – With a Twist". TVLine. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Hall, Eva (February 4, 2013). "Victoria Smurfit To Sink Teeth Into Jonathan Rhys Meyers' 'Dracula'". IFTN. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  9. Andreeva, Nellie (February 11, 2013). "Thomas Kretschmann & Oliver Jackson-Cohen Join NBC's 'Dracula' Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  10. Challis, Carla (February 12, 2013). "Say Hello To Dracula's Hot New Signings". Sky Living HD. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Goldberg, Lesley (January 30, 2013). "NBC's 'Dracula' Series Casts 'Game of Thrones,' 'Merlin' Actors". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  12. Webb, Claire. "Katie McGrath: In the book Lucy is very sweet, mine has much more sass". RadioTimes. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  13. Fletcher, Alex (November 11, 2013). "'Dracula' on NBC, Sky Living: Tamer Hassan joins cast". Digital Spy. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  14. Ford Sullivan, Brian (January 6, 2013). "NBC at TCA: Greenblatt Outlines Latest Plans for Midseason, Summer and Fall". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  15. Gutelle, Sam (October 7, 2013). "NBC's 'Dracula' Gets Animated In Web Companion Prequel". TubeFilter. Retrieved October 8, 2013.

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