Few people can become international heartthrobs in their 50s! But when the world got its first look at the Danish actor, Claes Bang in 2017, everyone fell in love. Just take the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, almost all the female reporters and their male counterparts were in love with the man, Bang.
Even his name is glamorous and coupled it all with that chiseled jawline, who wouldn’t fantasize about the Scandinavian hunk? Claes started his career late, he was 29 when he got into the show business, and now he is portraying one of the most iconic characters in theatre and cinema history, 'Dracula,' for BBC and Netflix. So, here is everything you need to know about the 'Dracula' actor Bang.
Claes Started Acting in School – A Suggestion to Play in a School Musical Turned into a Passion
Claes Bang never thought of acting when he was in school. Bang was devoted to his music, his first love, and passion, but one day someone suggested to the actor try out for a school musical role.
Well, rest, as they say, is history! After appearing in the play, the actor fell in love with acting, and his priorities changed. Instead of music being the dominating factor, acting became Bang's new devotion, and he never let it go afterward.
“It happened at high school. I was in a band at the time, and someone suggested I play the leading role in a school musical. I thought, no way, I can’t act. But I tried it, and it went really well.” - Claes Bang
Claes Almost Missed Out on Entering Into His Alma Mater
The same was the case for Claes Bang when he was done with his education; Claes was reluctant to send his name to the Danish National School of Theatre.
Then someone told him the school only accepted applicants under the age of 25, he was 23 at the time, and the actor got in, and in about five years, he graduated in 1996. So began the illustrious and successful career of Bang, the Danish heartthrob.
Claes Bang Found Fame with The Square – The Reason He Became an International Heartthrob and a Sex Symbol
Claes Bang was acting in various projects, and when the time came for Ruben Ostlund to direct his next feature film, Claes was there to get his audition. He beat out more than 150 different actors for the role, and when The Square was released, it was a sensation at the Cannes Film Festival and even generated Oscar buzz.
The actor found worldwide fame and recognition because of his role as a Christian in the movie. Claes was the talk of the town in Cannes, and then the internet fell in love with the actor. He won the best actor accolade at the European Film Awards! And most of all, Bang became a sex symbol in his 50s.
Claes Bang Plays the Titular Role of Dracula in the BBC One Series
Since the book was written in the 1890s, the character of 'Dracula' has seen multiple iterations, and now another modern take on the character is coming to BBC One and Netflix on 1 January 2020. Claes is playing the titular character of Dracula! The way the trailers look, he did a fine job portraying the iconic character. Whereas Sacha Dhawan plays the role of Dr. Sharma.
Claes recently mentioned he had difficulty making the show because of the prosthetics, Bang enjoyed the experience the show provided. He also said the fangs he used to rip out people’s throats as Dracula in the series in a case inside his home, a lovely souvenir to take home for the actor.
Claes Bang is Married to His Wife of Almost ten years, Lis Kasper Bang – They Have Two Kids and One Grandkid!
Sorry ladies, Claes Bang, is got a ring on his finger, and the lucky lady is stylist Lis Kasper Bang. The couple got married in the latter part of 2010, and instead of having a marriage ceremony in a hall, the couple decided to get married on a decked canal boat in Copenhagen amongst the 100 guests. The couple exchanged their vows on the deck, in from all their friends and family, and they recently celebrated their ninth marriage anniversary.
Claes Bang and his wife are also the parents of her two kids and they are also grandparents to a beautiful baby boy. Claes is the stepfather and step-grandfather to the three kids, and he currently lives in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen with his wife and stepson.
Bio and Rise to Fame of Claes Bang
Claes Bang was born on 28 April 1967 in Odense, Denmark, and acting was never the thing he wanted to do when he grew up. The actor wanted to make his career in music, but as the major decisions in his life became last-minute decisions, acting was also the same.
Now, the actor is considered to be one of the finest Europe has to offer, he was so trending in 2017/2018 that people were launching campaigns for the actor to be the next 'James Bond.'
As you can probably see by now, success did not come for the actor overnight; he worked for every inch of it, and giving his hundred percent is one of the reasons why the actor was able to endear himself to the masses.
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