Few people can become international heartthrob at the age of 50, but when the world got their first look at the Danish actor 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, Claes Bang. Even his name is glamorous and coupled it all with that chiseled jawline, who wouldn’t fantasize about the Scandinavian hunk.
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 a last-minute decision, 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 people were launching campaigns for the actor to be the next 'James Bond.'
Claes Bang is a Danish actor who plays the character of Dracula in the BBC show. Source: Claes BangInstagram
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. Claes started his career late, he was 29 when he got into 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 Claes Bang.
Claes Started Acting in School – A Suggestion to Play in a School Musical Turned into a Passion
Claes Bang wanted to be a singer instead he pursued a career in acting. Source: Instagram
Claes never thought of acting when he was in school, he was devoted to his music, his first love, and passion, but one day someone suggested to the actor to 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, priorities changed and instead of music being the dominating factor of his life, acting became his new devotion, and he never let it go afterward.
The actor said, “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 Almost Missed Out on Entering Into His Alma Mater
The same was the case for the actor 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 Claes 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 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 became a sex symbol at the age of 50.
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' and the way the trailers look; he did a fine job in portraying the iconic character.
Claes recently mentioned he had difficulty making the show because of the prosthetics, but he enjoyed the experience of the show as a whole. He also mentioned the fangs he used to rip out people’s throat as 'Dracula' in the series is in a case inside his home, a particularly nice 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
Claes Bang is married to his wife Lis Kasper Bang for over nine years now. Source: Instagram
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 invited 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 to her two kids aged 10 and 32, and they are also grandparents to a beautiful baby boy. Claes in the step-father and step-grandfather to the three kids, and he currently lives in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen with his wife and step-son.