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“Da Vinci’s Demons”: New Starz series to feature British actor Tom Riley

Melissa Hayer Published: January 23, 2012

Starz Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Productions have announced that British actor Tom Riley will portray a young Leonardo da Vinci in the upcoming Starz original series “Da Vinci’s Demons.”

Da Vinci’s Demons,” written by David S. Goyer, is a historical fantasy, following the “untold” story of the world’s greatest genius during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence, according to a news release.

The twenty-five-year-old da Vinci will be shown as a brilliant and passionate artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist, and as a free thinker, struggling to live within the limits of his own reality and time.

Riley has received critical acclaim in the UK for his performances in theater, film and on television. He has starred in multiple productions at London’s Royal Court Theatre since 2005, and on Broadway was nominated by the Drama Desk Awards for his performance as Septimus Hodge in “Arcadia.”

On television, he is best known for his role as Laurence Shepherd on ITV’s drama series “Monroe,” and his lead film roles include “A Few Days In September,” “I Want Candy” and “Happily Ever Afters.”


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