IGN has revealed new photos and bios for the main characters that will be a part of the new interactive Penny Dreadful website. Penny Dreadful’s website – which currently contains production blogs – will “change to a much different, immersive and interactive experience”. The new content will include an interactive tarot card experience, character cinemagraphs and literary elements as a nod to the characters’ history.
Played by Eva Green (Casino Royale, 300: Rise of an Empire, The Golden Compass)
“Poised, mysterious and utterly composed, Vanessa is a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger. She is keenly observant — clairvoyant even — as well as an expert medium. Her supernatural gifts are powerful and useful to those around her, particularly Sir Malcolm, but they are also a heavy burden. Her inner demons are very real to her and everyone around her, and they threaten to destroy her relationships, her sanity, and her very life.”
Played by Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill, Hot Fuzz, Doctor Who)
“A hardened African explorer on a deeply personal quest, Sir Malcolm has nonetheless paid a heavy price for his exciting career. Although his stately home is filled with marvelous souvenirs of his travels, it is devoid of family and loved ones. With Vanessa’s help, he is determined to right the wrongs of his past, but his toughest journey lies ahead.”
Played by Josh Hartnett (Black Dahlia, 30 Days of Night, Sin City)
“A charming American who finds himself trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London, Ethan’s charm and brash ways are catnip to the ladies. When Sir Malcolm enlists him to help in a personal quest, Ethan meets Brona Croft, a beautiful local with a mysterious past. But behind Ethan’s bright eyes lurk dark secrets. He is running from something, and his troubling past threatens to overtake him at every turn.”
Played by Reeve Carney (Spread, The Tempest, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark)
“Dorian Gray is a fabulously wealthy young gentleman who is almost unnerving in his beauty. His skin seems to radiate a golden glow of intoxicating youth and promise. A recklessly abandoned aesthete, he has a devil-may-care attitude that borders on dangerous. Nothing seems to faze him, nor are any risks too great. In fact, he is unnaturally drawn to them.”
Played by Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl)
“Brona is a poor Irish immigrant to Victorian London trying to escape a dark and sordid past. The Gaelic meaning of her name is “sadness,” yet she remains lovely, spirited, and erotically alive. She forms a bond with Ethan Chandler, who will do anything for her.”
Played by Harry Treadaway (City of Ember, The Lone Ranger)
“More Romantic poet than surgeon, Dr. Frankenstein is a tender, gentle soul who is fascinated by the mysteries of life and death. He has dedicated himself to researching what makes something live, and has sacrificed everything for his scientific pursuit. But he is playing with fire, and his research pays off in shocking ways with devastating consequences.”
Played by Danny Sapani (Misfits, Trance, Doctor Who)
“Sembene is an African man with ritual face scarring who serves as Sir Malcolm’s sentry and confidant. He has an air of mystery about him and his heroic efforts will prove invaluable to Sir Malcolm in his personal quest.”
You can see more images of Dr. Frankenstein’s notebook at IGN.