Dorian Gray

Dorian Gray

Dorian Gray is a main male character in Showtime TV show Penny Dreadful. He is played by actor Reeve Carney.

Dorian Gray


Dorian Gray is a very wealthy young man with intoxicating beauty. He is totally reckless and usually drawn to dangerous risks. The character of Dorian Gray is based off of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

As the story goes, Dorian Gray was a man of such beauty that artist Basil Hallward became enamored by him. Basil made Dorian the subject of his portrait and gave it to him as a gift. When Dorian meets Basil’s friend, Lord Henry Wotton, he is fascinated by his hedonistic outlook. In the unrestrained pursuit of self-indulgence and beauty.

Dorian wishes his portrait would bare the burden of aging instead of himself. He gets his wish, and as Dorian continues on his path of pure pleasure. But this life philosophy eventually leads to corruption and tragic consequences. His picture gets uglier and uglier after every indecent and wicked act. The portrait serves as a reminder of the sins that weigh upon Dorian’s soul.


Dorian’s Episode Appearances

  • Episode 1 – no appearance
  • Episode 2 – We first meet Dorian Gray when he hires Brona Croft to pose nude and for sex. He is unnaturally turned on by Brona Croft’s glaring illness. Dorian and Vanessa have a sexually charged introduction at Mr. Lyle’s party.
  • Episode 3 – no appearance
  • Episode 4 – Dorian hosts a big sex orgy party at his mansion. Afterwards he sits and stares at his changing picture in a secret room of his home. The episode ends with a sexual encounter between Dorian and Ethan Chandler.
  • Episode 5 – No Appearance
  • Episode 6 – Dorian goes on a date with Vanessa. They have a lot of fun.
  • Episode 7 – No appearance.


Dorian Gray in penny dreadful