Penny Dreadful

British Actresses You Should Know: Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory in the greatest "Peaky Blinders" look ever (Photo: Netflix/Caryn Mandabach Productions)

We all have those actors whose work we’d watch, no matter what it was. Powerful prestige drama? Scary supernatural tale? Super dated period piece? Random episode of some show you’ve never heard of before, just because they have a bit part in it? Check, check and check. We’ve all been there.

British actress Helen McCrory is one of those performers. (At least for me, at any rate.) I will honestly watch this woman do anything, and not feel bad about it for a single second. Luckily, McCrory is not only ridiculously talented, but one of those actors who’s been in the entertainment business long enough to have a rather significant back log of both mainstream and niche sorts of roles. You’d be surprised how many things you’ve probably seen her in without realizing it. Let's talk about a few of them. 

Several Familiar British Faces Sign on for Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ Series

A veritable festival of fabulous British actors have signed on to take part Showtime’s upcoming series Penny Dreadful in some capacity or other. The premium cable network is likely hoping that this horror-heavy genre piece will appeal to the same fanbase that flocked to its flagship Dexter series for the past seven years – and given that it’s Showtime, you know the series quality qill be quite high. So, win-win all around, really.

Penny Dreadful is being positioned as a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together classic horror stories into a new kind of adult drama. The general premise is that several of literature’s most iconic and frightening figures – including Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, classic figures from the Dracula novel and more – are all grappling with alienation and their own personal demons in Victorian London. Sounds kind of fascinating, huh?

Oh and did we mention this show’s going to be packed with British actors? Get details and watch the first teaser trailer below.