Sunday 25 February 2018

Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Victoria Smurfit get steamy on set

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

Genna Patterson

JONATHAN Rhys Meyers and Victoria Smurfit are steaming up the set of new TV show ‘Dracula’.

Meyers tweeted a picture of the pair as lovers on the set of the new ‘Dracula’ series.

Meyers posted the picture and tagged Smurfit saying, “I've just been sent this still so if you're on twitter thank you!”

Smurfit responded two minutes later saying, “don't thank me, I didn't send it... How did you get that? Is it an official release??”

Shortly afterwards Meyers replied, “Oh I was just tagging you in it in case you'd not seen, someone emailed me it.”

The Cork actor returns to our screens as the main character in the small screen version of Dracula, alongside Smurfit.

The NBC and Sky Living commissioned show is set in 1890s London and is based on the Bram Stoker original novel.

Meyers plays the infamous vampire but also poses as American entrepreneur Alexander Grayson in order to seek revenge on those who turned him into a blood sucker.

Meanwhile, Smurfit plays the glamorous Lady Jane, one of the seductive vampire’s many lovers.

As in the book, Dracula also meets and falls for Mina Murray, a reincarnated version of his wife.

In ‘Dracula’ she will be played by Australian ‘Arrow’ actress Jessica De Guow.

Meyers is known for his four year reign as King Henry the Eighth in ‘The Tudors’, as well as movies including ‘Match Point’, ‘Velvet Goldmine’ and ‘Bend it like Beckham’.

He also has a successful modelling career as the face of Hugo Boss.

The star has had some personal issues with alcohol and attended rehab a number of times in the past.

Smurfit has had roles in ‘Ballykissangel’, ‘The Clinic’ and US show ‘Trial & Retribution’ to date.

Fellow Wicklow actress Katie McGrath is also starring along with her Irish co-stars in the show as Lucy Westenra, Mina’s best friend.

NBC president Robert Greenblatt said of the decision to remake the vampire classic, “In the world of ‘Twilight’ and ‘True Blood’ and all the contemporized stories, we thought we’d go back to the original.”

The Victorian based vampire series will run for ten episodes and airs on Friday October 25, just in time for Halloween.

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