Meet the star of your new TV obsession

Laura Haddock in Da Vinci’s Demons

If you like , you’re going to love Da Vinci’s Demons, a new drama that reimagines the life of Leonardo Da Vinci and has ‘cult hit’ written all over it.

ELLE caught up with Laura Haddock, 27, who plays Da Vinci’s love interest to talk period costumes and life with fiancé, actor Sam Claflin.

For Laura, who many will recognise from The Inbetweeners Movie, her conflicted character Lucrezia was a dream role.


'At first she seems to just swan around shopping and flirting but as the series goes on you see she’s so much more. You never know who she really is because she’s different with everyone.'

With its fantastical element, the show’s designer Annie Symons went all out creating an array of colourful and exotic costumes.

Taking inspiration from Alexander McQueen and classic Renaissance dress, she used caged-bird and feather motifs with one of Laura’s costumes festooned with two-thousand chicken feathers.


'I loved working with Annie. Because Da Vinci was so ahead of his time she wanted the fashion to be really forward-thinking and metaphorical.'

'In one scene I had really thick leather caging wrapped around my waist so I could physically experience how suffocated Lucrezia felt.'

As well as elaborate costumes, the role also demanded some nudity which Laura admitts she struggled with.

'It’s always a bit awkward but I was aware that a big part of Lucrezia is how she uses her sexuality as a weapon to get what she wants.'

Away from the camera, Laura has a laid-back style favouring The Kooples, Cos and Whistles. 'I also discovered Equipment shirts when I was in the US recently; I love the fabrics and colours.'

And with fiancé Sam starring opposite Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence in the second installment of The Hunger Games Trilogy, Catching Fire, more red carpets beckon.

'Everything that’s happened to Jen recently is crazy but she’s still so lovely and normal,' Laura says of Claflin's Oscar-winning co-star.

'We do love to dress up for the odd event but we live quite inconspicuous lives and we’re hoping that will continue.'

Da Vinci’s Demons starts today on FOX

Watch the trailer for Da Vinci's Demons

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