Lucy Westenra, Dracula
Lucy Westenra (Katie McGrath)
Lucy was London’s sexy, social butterfly with a penchant for gossip, flirting and all things glamorous. Lucy was quite beautiful and had captured the eyes of many men, however Lucy always acted disinterested. She introduced her best friend Mina to the dregs of low society, taking her to drug dens, and it soon became obvious that Lucy was very much in love with Mina. Lucy’s character was identified as a lesbian:
“In the book Lucy is very sweet and a bit flighty. In this version she’s more ferocious – more sass. And, um, she’s a lesbian […] this isn’t going to be your average Dracula…” – Actress Katie McGrath.
Creator Cole Haddon on Twitter, stating that Lucy was a lesbian.
The show subsequently used Lucy’s sexuality to promote the show throughout the season.
When Lucy finally admitted her true feelings, Mina was repulsed. Although subsequent episode promos teased scenes between Lucy and Lady Jayne Wetherby, Lady Jayne only gave lessons on love to the devastated Lucy in order to manipulate her and convince her to seduce Mina’s fiance Jonathan Harker, a journalist desperate to climb the ranks of aristocracy.
After a build-up of several episodes in which Lucy is shown trying to seduce Jonathan (flirting, kissing and groping), Lucy succeeded and they slept together, even though the show had previously established Lucy’s dislike of Jonathan. Lucy, a character identified as a lesbian, was clearly shown to enjoy herself in her only sex scene on the show, in which she lost her virginity to a man she was previously repulsed by. The US/NBC version of the scene is slightly less explicit than the one originally aired on British TV, with the female orgasm slightly downplayed, and Lucy never shown on top of Jonathan.
After the episode, creator Cole Haddon apologized, and producer/episode writer Harley Peyton also commented on the scene, calling it a mistake.
After sleeping with Jonathan, Lucy felt guilty and confessed to Mina. Mina told Alexander Grayson (Dracula) who, furious that Lucy could hurt Mina, transformed her into a vampire. Lucy then bit (and possibly killed or turned) her mother, Minerva.
The series was cancelled after one season.
- 10 episodes.
Female love interests:
- Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw, straight, regular, 10 episodes, unrequited)
- Lady Jayne Wetherby 💀 (Victoria Smurfit, straight, regular, 10 episodes)
Relationship story arc with a woman: No
Male love interests:
- Alastair Harvey (Jack Fox, guest, 3 episodes)
- Jonathan Harker (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, regular)
Relationship story arc with a man: Yes
Male love interest after being identified as a lesbian? Yes
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? No
 A relationship story arc is defined as explicit, developed on screen, and lasting more than 3 episodes. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, mentioned instead of shown on screen, part of a dream sequence, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.