Sherlock creators cast Denmark's Claes Bang as Dracula

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Bang follows in the footsteps of Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman and others

Danish actor Claes Bang has been cast as Dracula the vampire in BBC's new take on Bram Stoker's classic novel.

The BBC One mini-series has been written and created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the duo behind the award-winning Sherlock.

"I'm so excited that I get to dig into this iconic and super-interesting character," said Bang.

"Yes he's evil, but there's so much more to him. He's charismatic, intelligent, witty and sexy.

"I've realise that there's a lot to live with all the amazing people that have been playing him over the years, but I feel so privileged to be taking on this incredible character."

The 51-year-old can now be seen alongside Claire Foy in The Girl in the Spider's Web, the latest outing for Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander character.

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But he is perhaps better known for playing Christian curator in the Square, which won the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival.

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The actor can now be seen in The Girl in Spider's Web

His performance in the film, a satire on the art world, earned him a European Film Award.

Last month, Moffat and Gatiss said Bram Stoker had given his "evil his own hero" when he created the iconic vampire in 1897.

Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are among the many actors who have played the character on screen.

The new drama, and co-production between BBC One and Netflix, is being made by Hartswood Films.

Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, said BBC One had an "outstanding new lead" in Bang and "Hell had a new boss."

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L to R: Christopher Lee in Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker's Dracula and Dracula as he appears in the Hotel Transylvania films

Filming kicks off next year on a series that will premiere on BBC One in the UK and be shown on Netflix elsewhere.

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