Some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein and his monster, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. They are joined by a core of original characters in a complex, frightening new narrative. Penny Dreadful is a psychological thriller filled with dark mystery and suspense, where personal demons from the past can be stronger than vampires, evil spirits and immortal beasts.

Penny Dreadful - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2014-05-11

Penny Dreadful - Vanessa Ives - Netflix

Vanessa Ives is a fictional character on Showtime's Penny Dreadful, created by John Logan and portrayed by Eva Green. Ives is the main protagonist of the story, and is introduced as a mysterious and powerful medium. Her unique powers make her extremely desirable to the Fallen Angels, who seek to unleash her destiny as the Mother of Evil, the harbinger of the End of Days. The character has been widely praised by critics, as has Green's performance, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination in 2016.

Penny Dreadful - Origins - Netflix

Throughout the series, Vanessa is given an elaborate backstory that follows her from her childhood to the beginning of the series. Growing up in England, Vanessa was best friends with Mina Harker. The two were inseparable, and despite religious differences (the Ives were devout Roman Catholic), so were their families. One evening, Vanessa mistakenly spotted Mina's father Sir Malcolm in the midst of an affair with her own mother. Years later, a resentful Vanessa was caught seducing Mina's fiancé, ruining their friendship. Not long after, Vanessa fell ill. Her sickness was enigmatic, and her family was unable to help her. Unbeknownst to them, she had been possessed by the Devil. She checks herself into a mental asylum where she befriended an orderly (who, unbeknownst to her, would go on to die and be reanimated by Victor Frankenstein). At one point, Vanessa was visited by visions of Lucifer and his brother Dracula, but she used her own powers to scare them away. After a trepanning, she was released back into her mother's care. The surgery was unsuccessful, however, and her mother dies of a heart attack after seeing Vanessa having sex with Lucifer. Not long after, Vanessa has a vision of Mina, who begs her former friend to find and save her. Determined to find Mina, and understand her own powers, Vanessa seeks out the Cut-Wife of Ballantree Moor, an infamous witch living in the hills of England. Under her tutelage, Vanessa learns about her own powers and others who would desire them. Nightcomers in service to Lucifer, led by Evelyn Poole, scheme to separate Vanessa from the Cut-Wife, and deliver the former to their master. To these ends, Evelyn seduces a lord and convinces him to arrange a mob to execute the Cut-Wife. Her plan is successful, and Vanessa watches her mentor burn, before being branded herself. She leaves the Moor soon after, traumatized by what she was seen. Soon after, she seeks out Sir Malcolm, and the two agree to work together to find Mina, despite the animosity between their families.

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