True Blood Scoop: Meet Eric's Vampire 'Sister'

British actress Lucy Griffiths is coming to America in a big way.

The 25-year-old stunner — best known for her role as the ill-fated Marian in the BBC drama Robin Hood — is joining True Blood‘s Season 5 cast as a series regular.

Griffiths will play Nora, Eric’s (Alexander Skarsgard) centuries-old vampire “sister” (they were both progenies of Godric) who is working as a double agent within the Vampire Authority. Described as intelligent, intimidating, cool under pressure and a very good liar, Nora loves Eric deeply, but has dedicated her life to a higher purpose.

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The gig marks Griffiths’ first big break stateside after several near misses. Most recently, she was among the leads in The CW’s zombie thriller pilot Awakening, but the show was not ordered to series.

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Comments (328)

  • I kind of wish that instead of making Bill the King of Louisiana, they’d stuck closer to the vampire database idea that made him so successful in the books. But maybe on TV it could be a vampire Facebook instead? I’d love to see Jessica updating her status on vamp FB! LOL

    Comment by Alice – November 3, 2011 10:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOVING THE IDEA ALICE * WOULD BE REALLY GOOD AND UP TO DATE LOL

      Comment by xLilox – November 3, 2011 10:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • LOVE THE BOOKS AND CANT WAIT TO READ THE NEXT ONE, LOVE THE TV SERIES AND CANT WAIT TO WATCH SEASON 5 SO ROLL ON, IF YOU DONT LIKE EITHER THE BOOK OR TV SERIES THEN WHY COME ON HERE TO READ ABOUT THE SHOWS SPOILER!

    Comment by xLilox – November 3, 2011 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • We should all lighten up. Geesh its only a freaking television show… and no matter what the writing has stayed on point. The show has never stayed totally true to the books. The writers of the show have every right to make their produced series what ever they want. If you dont like it tune out… I know that I will be tuned in.
    The books are fantastic and just be glad that you have a book series to fill in those truebie cravings you all get in between seasons… Most of the comments on here are people acting like a bunch of damn animals… stop your belly aching over non issue topics… and spread the love… internet postings have become a haven for hate and non sense…
    EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO THEIR OWN VIEWS… WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE AND CALL NAMES AND POKE FUN OF EACH OTHER… GROW THE HELL UP PEOPLE AND ACT RIGHT TO EACH OTHER… HAVE FUN and BE NICE FOR A DAMN CHANGE OR TAKE YOUR DAMN NEGATIVE SELF AND GET LOST IN YOUR DELUSIONS OF THINKING WE ALL CARE ABOUT YOUR IGNORANT ASS COMMENTS.

    Comment by sharon digital – November 3, 2011 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • *claps her hands excitedly*

      Comment by SheWhoShallNotBeNamed – November 4, 2011 08:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can we all just agree that the books and the TV series are two totally different things? After all, I would think that Harris knew that Ball would take certain liberties when she gave HBO the okay. I mean, it is HBO. It’s practically documented that every show is going to be wildly and near-ridiculously smutty and every character is going to do crazy things just to fit those “HBO guidelines”. It’s a given, and Harris knew that. So here we are, freaking out. Well done.

    Comment by AGlassyCountenance – November 3, 2011 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ok clearly many are upset about the show not being remotely like the book ,but come on don’t you know Hollywood never plays by the novel?!…I mean sure I was a little disappointed myself when I first started watching it but I see it this way now I have two different storylines that I can see my favorite characters go through so in a way its ok. It’s just how it is so you better just accept it now …plus I bet many of you that are complaing are still watching the show

    Comment by ashley – November 3, 2011 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • what they need to do is kill off Sam Merlotte and Sooki- the suck

    Comment by elkay – November 3, 2011 11:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have read the series as well as watched the show and I love them both. If the show followed the books then there wouldn’t be Layette after season 1 and he is one of my favorite characters. There would also be no Jessica.
    Charlaine Harris says she loves the show and loves the way it goes. She even said she wished she had come up with the Jessica character.
    They are both awesome in their own way. I am glad they don’t follow the books completely otherwise I would know what is going to happen with every show and that would get boring. LOL

    Comment by LVJELLYFISH – November 3, 2011 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Amid all the bickering, has anyone else noticed Ms. Griffith’s must have some kind of mojo..first Richard Armitage now Alexander Skarsgard.

    Lucky, lucky Lucy.

    Comment by Davila – November 3, 2011 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I read the books and watch the show and love them both! It isn’t possible to stay too close to the books as they are much more complicated and a lot more characters.

    Comment by Mariellen Galbreath – November 3, 2011 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The books are more complicated? Honestly? Did you read them? Did you watch the show? I like both BTW. There’s nothing to argue about. You can either watch the show, or read the books, or do both and be happy with whatever you chose.

      Comment by Whatever – November 4, 2011 08:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Easiest solution. Turn off the tv and stop crying. No one wants to hear it

    Comment by michelle – November 3, 2011 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bubba, Alexi, Etc….?

    Comment by rob – November 3, 2011 11:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Bubba? You can’t accomplish the same effect as when imagining it.

      Comment by Whatever – November 4, 2011 08:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • honestly, this is thee most longwinded, pointless and pathetic arguement i have ever had the misfortune to start reading. after reading the first 10 or 15 comments i started scrolling to the bottom and its still the same crap. Who cares if someone said books are silly, does that make her a monster that deserves to be torn apart by every idiot on this page? get a grip the lot of you. and for the record, i was a fan of true blood but the last series was a mess and i will not be watching it again.

    Comment by Ali – November 3, 2011 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lafayette was killed off early on in the books. Thank god Alan Ball kept him on, a great character for the series. Books, TV shows, music… Don’t read books to be ‘hip’… Read, watch and listen to what you enjoy… Not what some faceless person wants to dictate on a website…

    Comment by Cait – November 3, 2011 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I totally agree, ( Ali ) leave the book reader alone!! I do not care to read the books… But do not knock any body that does. As for this whole sister thang O My gosh NO Eric is best just Eric …. And this last season was a bit of a mess, and less interesting.., but I will keep loyal to watching til the end!!!!!:))

    Comment by Jamie – November 3, 2011 11:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have read the books and have watched all the episodes. I can see why some people are little taken back by the big differences from book to show…. I love both of them. I like some characters more in the book, vs the show and vice versa. But I do have to say, I’m glad they are going to do something different with Lafayette and I like the little teaser that Eric and Bill are working together.

    Comment by Harley – November 3, 2011 11:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG!! I love this casting!!! 10 times more excited for season 5 now and i didn’t even think that would be possible!!

    Comment by Gemma – November 3, 2011 11:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Last season, all over the place. To much going on. Less sub plots, more depth, and time spent on each. Hope season 5 returns to getting into.plot . I’ll still watch ,just disipointed.

    Comment by shelia – November 3, 2011 11:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • *Clears Throat* Dear Idiotic People: It’s a show,and it’s based on a series of books. Wow. Do other peoples actions really concern you that much? I’ll admit I read the first few unpleasant comments, but COME ON. Who cares who reads the books,watches the show,or both? All of your negative comments are far from intelligent, they’re senseless… Go on, bash me too, it will give your juvenile minds something to do! ;)

    Comment by Waldo – November 3, 2011 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The show is for entertainment purposes only. It isnt a documentary. It is a work of fiction not fact. Thats why we watch the series or read the books: for enjoyment, to be entertained.

    Comment by 22nut – November 3, 2011 12:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m an avid reader and I have to say that these books are pure fluff and not well written. They are purely for entertainment, they are not educational in any way. I think the series is way better and has much more character development!

    Comment by Sarah – November 3, 2011 12:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • An easy fix to hating the show for not following the books: Don’t read the season’s corresponding book until after the finale! It somehow makes both so much more enjoyable.

    It’s true, the show has deviated so far astray from the books’ script that only the basic plot is discernible, but is that so bad? Would the show have been nearly as fun if Lafayette had been killed during season one? Or how about Tara being a bit player hiding in her background boutique? Bitchy Nan (she’s so hate-able!)? Don’t even get me started on a show without sweet Jessica!

    I think the show’s true to the books in the most important ways: the characters’ likenesses are spot on, the basic plot is there, and the atmosphere/mood is kept. I like most of Alan Ball’s embellishments and additional characters, and I’m excited to meet Nora!

    Comment by Jilly – November 3, 2011 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ok if u don’t like the show -turn it off. If you like books – pick one up and SHUT UP!!!OMG!!!

    Comment by jmcsand – November 3, 2011 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You guys are so closed minded. Who gives a crap which is better than the other. The book is out there for people to use their imagination and also like to read, and the show is out there for people who like to see the storyline being reinacted. Everyone has their own opinion, its not the end of the world if one doesnt like the book or if someone doesnt like the show. Personally, I thought the books were great, it was nice to see things being spiced up in the show though. They were both fantastic and theyre work shouldnt go unappreciated.

    Comment by Kellan – November 3, 2011 12:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hilarious how much everyone freaked out over the first comments.

    Comment by Elle – November 3, 2011 12:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well said, I couldn’t agree more!

    Comment by ERIN – November 3, 2011 12:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I happen to love the TB series. I tried to read book 1. I really tried to but, I couldn’t get into to it. The series is awesome. I happen to be an avid reader and for anyone who loves the vampire thing you should definitely check out J.R. Ward or Laurell Hamilton. Now those turned into tv shows would be awesome too!!

    Comment by Sarah – November 3, 2011 12:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t like the books stop reading them when sookie and Eric marry. I like the fact that Eric and sookie did not hook up. when eric was single he was a bad ass when he is with her he acts like a love sick puppy

    Comment by mo – November 3, 2011 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You know what…everyone has their own opinion!! I love the books! I love the show too!!! I don’t give a crap that Alan Ball does his own thing!! Cause the show is freakin awesome!! I’ve read all the books, and love them. So whatever!! =P Alan Ball does a great job, and it says in the credit that the show is BASED ON the books. So that doesn’t mean the show is gonna be just like the books. I look forward to True Bloods 5th season, and more seasons! Can’t wait to see what story line they’re going with for the next season, looking forward to it. It makes my summers even better!!

    Comment by Jennifer – November 3, 2011 01:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really love TrueBlood I think that Sookie and Bill should get back together as a couple.Eric should get his memmory back and figure out that he was a policeman and he also owned the bar Fangtasia.Alcide should find his father and explain to him that he is a warewolf in case his father doesn’t know about his changing abilities.I Think Alcides father should be played by KevinSpacey,MichaelDouglas,Michaelkeaton,or NicholasCage.

    Comment by Nathalie BeLL-Irving – November 3, 2011 02:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Okay people,I jumped on here to see what the general public had to say.I wasn’t expecting so many grips and snipes.
    People,you’ve got to learn to accept things for what they are.So many expectations from True Blood will make your entertaining experience sour.If you really want it to follow the series word for word,I challange you to approach the producers and sell what you want to see happen,happen.Otherwise,watch something else.Try and find something that follows the books scene by scene.Stop complaining about something that has it’s own life.
    Personally,people need more imagination in their lives to see things from a new perspective.I think people are too complacient with their entertainment needs.They depend way too much on others to fill their mind with thoughts and ideas,and when faced with something that challanges that need,come up kicking and screaming because someone else hasn’t fulfilled that need.
    When you read a book,you have the oppurtunity to fill in scence and imagine battles being won.

    Comment by Christine – November 3, 2011 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love the show and the books. I am fine with the show changing storylines, but all I want is sookie and Eric together. And unfortunately that looks doubtful it will happen. Having said that as long as I get to see cheeky Eric and naked Eric I will still enjoy the show:)

    Comment by Rennie – November 3, 2011 02:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ok didn’t we see all of erics family get killed over his fathers crown? So how did he end up with a alive sister? Can’t wait for the new season I’m a huge fan. Havnt read the books yet but I’m dieing to the last season was great

    Comment by marie – November 3, 2011 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She’s his vampire sister, as in they both have the same Sire.

      Comment by Lacey – November 6, 2011 08:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WOW Seriously a whole lot of slinging over this!!
    Although I loved the books very much you can’t compare the books to the series, both are completely independent of each other! If you were to base them strictly on the books do you think the show would be as popular as it is! You just have to think of it as getting twice as much True Blood for you buck so to speak!
    I enjoy the series for what it is if we were to analyse every movie or series to be taken from books we would be here FOREVER!!

    Comment by Steph80 – November 3, 2011 03:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Agreed and not to mention if they were exactly the same as the books then it wouldn’t be at all interesting who want’s to know exactly what is going to happen anyways!!

    Comment by rayvn – November 3, 2011 03:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • first of all if you are going to use the word hipster, look it up. We are by definition hipsters because we watch this show. Second, for anyone that thinks the show is ruining the book, calm down. if you walked into it thinking they would be identical that’s stupid, and if charlaine harris didnt like what was going on she would say so. The show is made to appeal to a mass audience, this is how its done. Dont knock on anyone for liking the books better also…read them!

    loving trueblood

    Comment by dmp – November 3, 2011 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think people just enjoy picking fault. I love the books and love the show, its great watching it and not knowing whats going to happen. CH is a fab writer and has pulled alot of people into the world of sookie. Alan ball has made a fantastic show BASED on the books. I hate when people throw names about when you tell them you read books. Im 25 and a mother of 2 and there is nothing more relaxing than reading a good book. People need to get a grip. If u dont like the books dont read them. If u dont like the show dont watch it but dont moan at others for something they enjoy doing.

    Comment by samji – November 3, 2011 04:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Whoa Peeps!! You all need to take a Xanax. I enjoy the variations Alan Ball creates, and I liked the way Ms Harris’ books read.

    Comment by Angelina – November 3, 2011 04:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love the tvserie and I like the books.

    You can never ever judge someones taste, it is so individual.

    Comment by Maddoe – November 3, 2011 04:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have read the books and am addicted to the show… However they have pretty much killed the basic plot line for the eleventh book. I really like most of the changes that have been made in the series, but I do wish they would follow the books a little closer at times

    Comment by Kaye – November 3, 2011 04:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Whoever wrote that the twilight series is better than true blood is on crack. This is fantasy. In my horror fantasy i am not reenacting the awkwardness of teenage romance forever. Nuff said. I know that charlaine harris is more shy middle aged porn but its charmingly unrefined. I am a little bugged out that the fairies made such a quick exit. Why bring them up to begin with? Personally, I love the book so much more than the show but its still cool to see the made for tv version.

    Comment by Yomo – November 3, 2011 04:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well it says godric made both of them well I’ve been seeing true blood since it came outand I hate it cauze it always stays good I juzt wish it can keep going

    Comment by linda arredondo – November 3, 2011 05:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love the books and the show. although the last two books were “eh”. I’m just waiting for Quinn!

    Comment by lora – November 3, 2011 05:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love both Alan Ball’s TrueBlood, AND Charlaine Harris’ series! But I consider them completely separate from each other! The show isn’t supposed to follow the story EXACTLY, legally it is allowed to have whatever plot differences they want! Its an amazing book series, but I am completely head over heels in love with the show! Everyone is entitled to their own opinions!

    Comment by Indarys – November 3, 2011 06:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I began reading the. Omments at the begining and I can understand debating on whether the books or show is better but it slowly turned into everyone insulting each other. It really concerns me how people who claim to be adults can’t even see that they are fighting for no reason and putting each other down over comments that have been taken to seriously. Maybe the grown ups need to do a little more growing up.

    Comment by Concerned one – November 3, 2011 07:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Remember that the books are told from the point of view of Sookie. Though the books have been mostly entertaining and good, it’s still only Sookie’s point of view. If the show followed that format it would make the show’s other characters very one-dimensional which would have led to the show being cancelled right away. Sorry, but Charlaine Harris and her publisher sold the rights… possibly they were glamoured by the $$$ signs and Ms. Harris’ last Sookie book was a dud. Frankly, I rather enjoy True Blood more than the Sookie Stackhouse series because the characters like Andy, Terry and Arlene crack me up. I love the Eric character. The actor who plays Eric does a wonderful job – what a seductive voice and his expressions and dialogue are great! Plus, there is some serious man candy on that show!

    Comment by Steph – November 3, 2011 07:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ALAN BALL,LEAVE ERIC ALONE!!!!
    HE GOT PLENTY OF WOMEN IN HIS LIFE!!!
    WE DON’T DAMN NEED ANOTHER PSYCHO LORENA WANNABE!!!!
    WE WANT MORE SOOKIE & ERIC ROMANCE!!!
    I HOPE THIS NORA ENDS W/ A LIAR BILL!!!
    I WILL DAMN STOP WATCHING IT IF ERIC/NORA SEX SCENE OR HE ENDS UP W/ HIS SISTER!!!
    THAT WOULD BE TOTALLY GROSS MAKING OUT W/ HIS SISTER!!!
    I HOPE RETARD ALAN BALL DOESN’T PLAN PUT SOOKIE W/ BILL AT THE END OF THE SHOW BEFORE HE DID!!!
    THAT WOULD TOTALLY RUIN THE SHOW!!!!

    Comment by BlissaMoonchyld – November 3, 2011 11:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t wait till the 5th season starts I love both the books and the tv series. You can’t compare the two there completely different that’s why it’s described as based on the books and detail by detail sketch x for all those haters if you just watch the programe for what it is an entertaining show with hot men, women and vampires lol then I’m sure you will learn to love it haha

    Comment by Julie – November 4, 2011 02:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I meant not a detail by detail sketch lol xx

    Comment by Julie – November 4, 2011 02:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I enjoy both show and books and also a lot of the fan fiction that is out there. What I don’t enjoy is the way some of the fans have become so hateful to each other, the actors, the author of the books, or the shows producer. Jillian: calling CH an old bat is truly hateful she has created books that have brought joy into many lives, have you accomplished anything similar?

    Comment by jinx – November 4, 2011 08:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • When is season 4 coming out on DVD?

    Comment by Melissa Sapone – November 4, 2011 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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