James Bond actress Catherine Schell joins the cast of BBC1 and Netflix’s Dracula

Catherine appeared in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, George Lazenby’s one outing as 007. Now she will star in Dracula...

Former James Bond actress Catherine Schell  has joined the cast of BBC1 and Netflix’s eagerly anticipated version of Dracula.

The Hungarian born actress, who also appeared in Space: 1999, Doctor Who and The Persuaders!, played Nancy opposite George Lazenby’s Bond in the 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Other cast announced today include Clive Russell (Game Of Thrones, The Terror), Jonathan Aris (Sherlock, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) and Sacha Dhawan (The Boy With The Top Knot, The Great).

It was previously revealed that Danish actor Claes Bang will star as Dracula in the latest version of the Bram Stoker classic, which is being penned and executive produced by Sherlock writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

Filming has already taken place at Orava Castle in Slovakia, and now it’s moved to England at the famous Bray Studios.

Mark said: “It’s seriously delightful that our new Dracula is being shot at Bray Studios – the former home of Hammer Films! This wonderfully atmospheric and legendary studio gave birth to so many famous monsters and stars – most memorably Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

“As we watch Transylvania once again rise on the sound stages of Bray, it’s amazing to be able to say that Count Dracula has finally come home.”

Dracula promises to re-introduce the world to “the vampire who made evil sexy”. The year is 1897 and in Transylvania, the blood drinking Count is drawing up swift attack plans against Victorian London…

Talking about what we can expect from the three-part series, Mark and Steven previously said: “There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula, is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”

The series will be shown on the BBC first in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK.

Main picture of Catherine in James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: Daily Mail/REX/Shutterstock