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Watch how Josh Hartnett and Perdita Weeks perform stunts in Penny Dreadful

Josh Hartnett performs a stunt for Season 3 of Penny Dreadful
Josh Hartnett performs a stuntas Ethan Chandler for Season 3 of Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful Season 3 has stepped it up a notch in the stunt stakes — with a storyline packed full of awesome fight scenes and action sequences.

Now the makers have released a video showing how some of the stunts are filmed, and explaining the reasons why they have added more physical scenes to the script.

Stars featured in some of the biggest stunt scenes include Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler), Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray) and Billy Piper (Brona Croft/Lily Frankenstein).

Perdita Weeks
Perdita Weeks talks about learning to fight for her role as Catriona Hartdegen

There’s also a special mention for Perdita Weeks, who has entered the storyline this season as Catriona Hartdegen — an “expert on death, fencing and wearing trousers” — and, according to the crew, is a natural.

Stunt coordinator Pete Miles said: “She just came in and hit the ground running. She’s impressed all of us.”

Perdita said: “I’ve been practising for quite a long time because I knew that my character was going to be physical, and I really enjoyed learning the fighting. The more they saw that I enjoyed it, the more they threw at me which was great.”

Penny Dreadful airs Sundays at 10pm ET/PT on Showtime.

Julian is the editor of Monsters & Critics. He has worked as a journalist for more than ten years, previously as an editor at the... read more
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