Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful (2014-16)
Moving from the classic to the more contemporary: I started watching Penny Dreadful with scant hope that it would be any good. The premise of the show, bringing together the characters of the classic Victorian horror stories (Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, Jekyll & Hyde, Dorian Grey) had been done several times before, from the Universal films of the 40s, to the abysmal Van Helsing of a few years back, and it’s almost always been done badly. Watching Penny Dreadful, I was pleasantly surprised. Everything about it was top-notch, from the writing to the acting and production values.
I’ve always admired the work of Eva Green, and her turn as the protagonist of Penny Dreadful, the cursed psychic/witch Vanessa Ives, was outstanding.