Top 50 Vampires 2012

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17 Vlad Dracula (Young Dracula)

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Played by: Gerran Howell

Now here’s a surprise in this list. Young Dracula is a CBBC show which had been on for two series when our last Vampire Poll took place, at which point young Vlad received a total of zilch votes. A couple of years on, and our voters have suddenly woken up to something their kids realised ages ago: Young Dracula is a great little show. Along with MI High and The Sarah Jane Adventures it proves some of the best telefantasy being produced in the UK at the moment airs when most of us are at work. What may also have helped the show is the fact that there was a three-year gap and a bit of a format change between series two and three, with Gerran Howell returning as a bit of a teenage heartthrob for proto-goths.

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16 Vampire Willow (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)

Previous position: 32 (+16)

Played by: Alyson Hannigan

We’d seen Willow as cute before season three’s “Doppelgangland”, but never as hot! One of the season’s showcase episodes, it had Willow meeting her parallel dimension other self. Vampire Willow was our Willow without the crippling self-doubt and with a flesh-hugging outfit straight out of a S&M fetishist’s wardrobe.

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15 Stefan Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)

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Played by: Paul Wesley

The Vampire Diaries has been the real success story of this poll, with Stefan being the first of multiple characters from the show who barely registered with our voters last time around but who now dominate the upper reaches of this latest Top 50. Poor old Paul Wesley was hampered with the less interesting brother to play out of the Salvatore brothers, a wet Luke Skywalker (with Will Shuester hair) to Damon’s roguish Han Solo, and it’s easy to underestimate what a great job Wesley did bringing some charisma and wit to the role. But recently, Stefan has gone all Angelus on us, and Wesley looks like he’s having a blast being all randomly evil. If they don’t turn him back, he could place even higher next time.

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