David Bradley to play vampire hunter Abraham Setrakian in The Strain television series

David Bradley plays action man Abraham Setrakian. Picture: Frank Ockenfels/FX

David Bradley plays action man Abraham Setrakian. Picture: Frank Ockenfels/FX

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A VETERAN York actor has landed a leading role in a major American television series.

David Bradley, who was born in Burton Stone Lane and won a BAFTA for his role in Broadchurch but is also well known for his role as Argus Filch, the caretaker of Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films, plays elderly vampire hunter Abraham Setrakian in The Strain, which starts later this month.

Speaking to Access Hollywood, he said the series is about the rise of a virus which turns people into vampire-like beings, and Mr Bradley admitted the worm-like creature that spreads the virus was almost enough to put people off their spaghetti.

He said: "I have to say, but I’d rather have watched from behind the sofa, to be honest.

"It puts you off certain foodstuff, but they showed the entire pilot of the first episode while we were having lunch in the studio canteen, so, there were a few people pushing their plates away as they watched."

Although he had not heard of The Strain, which started as a series of books then graphic novels, his desire to work with the celebrated Oscar-nominated director behind Pan's Labyrinth who wrote the books and directed the first episode.

Mr Bradley said: "It was the three magic words, Guillermo del Toro.

"He’s one of the great directors and he’s just got such a wonderful imagination, so it’s something you want to be a part of. I didn’t know an awful lot about it, but he and Carlton described the character and I saw a script and I thought, ‘Wow, this has great potential.’"

Another aspect of the series that appealed to the York actor was the difference between the vampire creatures in The Strain and the ones seen more commonly in modern or classic films or television.

He told AccessHollywood: "There are quite a lot of vampire movies and TV series out there at the moment, but the creatures in this one seemed to be more visceral and unpleasant than the suave, pointy-toothed guys in evening dress with top hats.

"There was something more earthy about these creatures and I just loved the story about a man of a certain age who is an action hero and he’s a man with a mission, and it’s just an interesting character because he’s got such an interesting past, which the story delves into more and more as it goes along."

*The Strain starts on Watch on September 17.

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10:14am Mon 1 Sep 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

A brilliant actor. Faultless in every role.
A brilliant actor. Faultless in every role. Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 11

10:22am Mon 1 Sep 14

dsom73 says...

We had the pleasure of meeting David last year at a performance in the Minster that our son was in. Lovely bloke as well as a great actor
We had the pleasure of meeting David last year at a performance in the Minster that our son was in. Lovely bloke as well as a great actor dsom73
  • Score: 6

10:44am Mon 1 Sep 14

RingoStarr says...

Doesn't look much like'Kes' anymore, does he?
Doesn't look much like'Kes' anymore, does he? RingoStarr
  • Score: -6

11:11am Mon 1 Sep 14

Monks Boss says...

Great actor..top bloke...true city fan!
Great actor..top bloke...true city fan! Monks Boss
  • Score: 9

11:25am Mon 1 Sep 14

supertillypops says...

RingoStarr wrote:
Doesn't look much like'Kes' anymore, does he?
Get your facts right. York's David Bradley, born 1942, is the subject of this article. David (now Dai) Bradley, a totally different actor, born 1953, played Billy Casper in the film "Kes".
[quote][p][bold]RingoStarr[/bold] wrote: Doesn't look much like'Kes' anymore, does he?[/p][/quote]Get your facts right. York's David Bradley, born 1942, is the subject of this article. David (now Dai) Bradley, a totally different actor, born 1953, played Billy Casper in the film "Kes". supertillypops
  • Score: 8

2:47pm Mon 1 Sep 14

mortimer897 says...

supertillypops wrote:
RingoStarr wrote:
Doesn't look much like'Kes' anymore, does he?
Get your facts right. York's David Bradley, born 1942, is the subject of this article. David (now Dai) Bradley, a totally different actor, born 1953, played Billy Casper in the film "Kes".
According to IMDB (Internet Movie Database) entry for David 'Dai' Bradley: "Changed his name to his nickname 'Dai' as there was already a David Bradley registered with Equity. Dai initially tried to persuade the other David Bradley to change *his* name, on the grounds that people might otherwise think that he was the boy who had played Kes." I wonder what the response was :-)
[quote][p][bold]supertillypops[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RingoStarr[/bold] wrote: Doesn't look much like'Kes' anymore, does he?[/p][/quote]Get your facts right. York's David Bradley, born 1942, is the subject of this article. David (now Dai) Bradley, a totally different actor, born 1953, played Billy Casper in the film "Kes".[/p][/quote]According to IMDB (Internet Movie Database) entry for David 'Dai' Bradley: "Changed his name to his nickname 'Dai' as there was already a David Bradley registered with Equity. Dai initially tried to persuade the other David Bradley to change *his* name, on the grounds that people might otherwise think that he was the boy who had played Kes." I wonder what the response was :-) mortimer897
  • Score: 2

7:04pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Tug job says...

mortimer897 wrote:
supertillypops wrote:
RingoStarr wrote:
Doesn't look much like'Kes' anymore, does he?
Get your facts right. York's David Bradley, born 1942, is the subject of this article. David (now Dai) Bradley, a totally different actor, born 1953, played Billy Casper in the film "Kes".
According to IMDB (Internet Movie Database) entry for David 'Dai' Bradley: "Changed his name to his nickname 'Dai' as there was already a David Bradley registered with Equity. Dai initially tried to persuade the other David Bradley to change *his* name, on the grounds that people might otherwise think that he was the boy who had played Kes." I wonder what the response was :-)
I bet it featured the word "off"!
[quote][p][bold]mortimer897[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supertillypops[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RingoStarr[/bold] wrote: Doesn't look much like'Kes' anymore, does he?[/p][/quote]Get your facts right. York's David Bradley, born 1942, is the subject of this article. David (now Dai) Bradley, a totally different actor, born 1953, played Billy Casper in the film "Kes".[/p][/quote]According to IMDB (Internet Movie Database) entry for David 'Dai' Bradley: "Changed his name to his nickname 'Dai' as there was already a David Bradley registered with Equity. Dai initially tried to persuade the other David Bradley to change *his* name, on the grounds that people might otherwise think that he was the boy who had played Kes." I wonder what the response was :-)[/p][/quote]I bet it featured the word "off"! Tug job
  • Score: 1

9:56pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Rick_not_Morty says...

This started weeks ago in the US, iv just downloaded episode 8 its well worth a watch
This started weeks ago in the US, iv just downloaded episode 8 its well worth a watch Rick_not_Morty
  • Score: 0

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