Billie Piper has been cast in Showtime's new horror drama series Penny Dreadful.

The Doctor Who star takes a leading role in the show, joining cast members Josh Hartnett, Eva Green and Rory Kinnear, her agent confirmed.

It was revealed last week that the series will be filmed in Ireland this autumn, with shooting commencing on October 7 at Co Wicklow's Ardmore Studios and locations around Dublin and continuing until March 2014.

Penny Dreadful was created by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator), who will write and executive produce alongside Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road).

The eight-part series tells the origin stories of literary horror characters such as Victor Frankenstein, Frankenstein's monster, Count Dracula and Dorian Gray.

David Nevins, Showtime's President of Entertainment, said: "John Logan and Sam Mendes are two of the great storytellers of our time.

"The visual spectacle combined with the psychological insight in their reimagining of these iconic literary characters seems totally mesmerising to me. This promises to be a wholly original television show."