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Disappointment for Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Victoria Smurfit as US series 'Dracula' cancelled after one season

Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 12/05/2014 | 06:44

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Victoria Smurfit in the picture tweeted today by the Cork actor

US network NBC has cancelled Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ‘Dracula’ series after just one season.

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The 10-part series was a re-telling of Bram Stokers 1897 classic text featuring Rhys Meyers and starring former 'Ballykissangel' actress Victoria Smurfit and Katie McGrath as high society ladies.

The drama pulled in average ratings in the US but it fared better in the UK with an average audience of 476,000 on Sky Living.

Despite a big budget marketing campaign the series failed to become a ratings sensation on a par with fantasy series 'Game of Thrones' or 'True Blood'.

Several other popular series including 'Revolution' and 'Community' have also been cancelled by NBC.

Rhys Meyers felt he could connect with the role of Dracula as he has struggled with his own demons in the past.

“I can convey conflict because I'm a guy who lives in conflict a lot of the time. It's not something I have to search for.

“That sense of looking for some sort of peace, some sort of balance, is evident regardless of what I do,” he said.

Rhys Myers will shortly begin filming the film adaptation of Sebastian Barry's novel 'The Secret Scripture'.

The 36-year-old actor will play the part of Father Gaunt in the movie and will share the screen with Jessica Chastain and Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave.

The film, which was adapted by the late screen writer Johnny Ferguson, is due for release in 2015.

“I am very much looking forward to seeing the film,” Barry said.

“I'd imagine it's a lot less torturous than doing a reading or seeing one of your plays on stage.”

Irish Independent

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