Showtime has announced that two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone is set to guest star on the second season of Penny Dreadful. She’s set to play a mysterious figure from Vanessa’s past whose motives in returning to Ms. Ives’ life aren’t completely pure.
Additionally, Helen McCrory (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Simon Russell Beale (King Lear) have been promoted to series regulars after recurring during season one. McCrory, who plays shifty medium Madame Kali, is said to be the primary antagonist of the second season, while Beale’s Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle will continue to advise Sir Malcolm and company about the impending threats coming their way.
In addition to her prolific stage career, LuPone has appeared on the likes of American Horror Story: Coven, Life Goes On, and Oz. Also joining the cast of Penny Dreadful for season two are Douglas Hodge (Robin Hood) as Scotland Yard investigator Bartholomew Rusk, hell-bent on figuring out who’s responsible for the recent string of murders in London; Sarah Green (Vikings) as Madame Kali’s daughter Hecate; and Jonny Beauchamp (How to Make It in America) as a young man with a singular past.
The second season of Penny Dreadful is set to premiere spring 2015. You can check out a recap of the first season finale here.
Will you be watching the second season of Penny Dreadful? How do you think LuPone’s character will relate to Vanessa? Who else would you like to see join the Penny Dreadful cast?