Then they should be lying down. Dead people lie down.
— Frank to Tom and Trevor[src]

Frank Branson is a recurring character on Showtime's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. He is portrayed by Santino Barnard.

Frank is ostensibly Elsa's son, but he is actually an extension of herself, whom she uses to get close to Peter Craft.

Throughout the SeriesEdit

Season 1Edit

Santa MuerteEdit

Magda, acting as one of her personas, Elsa Branson, brings her son, Frank to Dr. Craft after he develops trouble breathing. Frank insists that he doesn’t want a shot. Peter assures him that won’t be necessary and offers him a lollipop and coloring book as he waits in the lobby. Peter assures Elsa that Frank’s condition is treatable. Magda leaves the doctor’s office with Frank. Once on the elevator, she absorbs him.

Dead People Lie DownEdit

Elsa and Frank run into Peter at the beach. Peter greets Elsa and welcomes her and Frank to join him and his boys. Frank joins Tom and Trevor as they build their sand fort. Tom relates it to the film Beau Geste. They arm the sand fort with toy soldiers, separating the dead soldiers from the Arabs. Frank knocks the soldier over, explaining that dead people lie down, which concerns Tom. Later, Peter offers Elsa and Frank a ride home, but she insists that she’s fine. She shakes his hand as they part ways, and Frank says goodbye to Tom and Trevor, the former seeming to grow ever so suspicious of Frank.

Wicked Old WorldEdit

Frank sits outside his home crying as Peter pulls up to his home after they missed an appointment. Peter knocks on the door. Elsa answers, sobbing and bruised. She invites Peter inside, and he tends to her wounds. Peter invites Elsa and Frank to his son’s birthday party on Sunday. Peter then leaves, passing Frank as he gets in his car.

Josefina and the Holy SpiritEdit

Frank and Elsa arrive at the Crafts house for Tom's birthday party. Trevor approaches and tells Frank to come join him and the other kids with the piñata. Surrounded by his friends, Tom and Frank included, Trevor takes a swing at the piñata, knocking out the candy inside. Frank merely watches as the kids rush to the ground to recover the candy.

Tom and Trevor have a sleepover at their house. Tom tells a scary story, frightening all the boys. Frank then tells the true story of the horrific death of Florence Moore. She was 12 years old when a man kidnapped her right outside her school. Her father arranged to pay the ransom and drove to meet the kidnapper. He saw Florence sitting in the passenger seat of the man’s car, staring at him. The father paid the ransom, but the kidnapper drove off with her. He stopped at the end of the street and dumped Florence out of the car. He had cut off her arms and legs, and held her eyes open with wires so that she would look alive. Florence lived in Pasadena. Just a few blocks away. Later that night, Tom is awakened from his sleep by Florence Moore. She tells him that it hurt when the man cut her up, as she was still alive. Terrified by what he assumes to be a nightmare, Tommy turns over and closes his eyes. He opens his eyes and looks to foot of his bed to see Florence without any limbs and her eyes pulled open with wires.

Maria and the BeastEdit

Frank and Elsa move into the Craft house. Frank gets settled in with Tom. He asks to play with Tom's boy and arrow set. Tom explains that it’s from Robin Hood, an outlaw who robs the rich and gives to the poor, he explains to Frank, who is unfamiliar with the character. Tom then shows Frank his hamster, Friar Tuck. Frank appears intrigued and asks Tom to help him be a good brother.

Frank lies awake at night. He questions how Tom can sleep with his hamster’s wheel squeaking all night. Knowing Friar is there makes Tom feel safe, he replies. Frank claims that he’s scared and misses his father. He asks to get in bed with Tom, who reluctantly agrees. Franks lies next to Tom and holds his hand. He asks Tom if he misses his mother and then tells Tom that he loves him, because they’re brothers now. He then asks Tom to say I love you, back to him. Frank then glares over at the hamster as it plays on the squeaking wheel until it suddenly dies.

Hide and SeekEdit

Tom digs a hole in the backyard to bury his dead hamster. Maria joins him and assures Tom that his hamster is in heaven, as it was simply his time. However, Tom claims that Frank killed Friar Tuck. Maria believes Tom, but she tells him not to repeat this to anyone. She then gives him a necklace with a coyote on it for protection. Unbeknownst to them, Frank watches from the window.

Maria prepares dinner for the children. As Tom and Trevor listen to the radio in the living room, Frank startles Maria in the kitchen. He asks if this is what she dreamed of when she was a little girl in Mexico. Maria tells Frank to join the boys but he refuses. He knows that Maria wanted to be a nun, but then she met Jose Vega, who she married and started a family with. He opens his mouth and his jaw unhinges, frightening Maria.

As Maria is washing dishes, Tom screams out for her. She finds Tom and Trevor standing across from Frank. He notices the coyote necklace around Tom’s neck and looks at Maria. The lights suddenly go out. As Maria looks for a flashlight, the boys disappear. She follows the low growls and eerie whispers up the steps. She is startled and drops the flashlight. She picks it up and finds Frank standing in front of her. Tom then screams out for Maria. She follows the screams to his room, but no one is there. The door suddenly slams shut behind her. After watching the ghost of her husband go up in flames, Maria awakens from what was merely a dream, still in the kitchen, washing dishes. As Elsa and Peter return, Frank knocks the teapot off the stove and places his hand on the fire, blaming Maria for his burns. Elsa and Peter enter the kitchen and demands to know what she did.

Sing, Sing, SingEdit

Peter, Elsa, Tom, Trevor and Frank drive to the movie theatre. Peter tells them about the first film he ever saw. When he was born, they didn’t have movies. A man to Essen with a big tent. He set up a projector and they all paid a nickel. He switched on his lamp, and he turned the handle. And for the first time, they saw pictures. Trevor replies that it sounds boring. Peter retorts it was the first time he saw the world.

Day of the DeadEdit

Peter, Elsa, Tom, Frank, and Trevor are on their way home from the movie theater after seeing Robin Hood. Peter then notices an angry mob of Mexicans coming down the road. He tells the boys to sit back and lock the doors. Frank suddenly screams, startling Peter. He presses the gas and rams a Mexican man with his car unintentionally. Rio incites violence and shouts "they’re killing us," to further anger the crowd. Fly Rico attempts to de-escalate the matter but it is now beyond his control. A man takes a baseball bat and smashes Peter’s window, lodging a shard of glass into Tom’s forehead. He removes the glass and Tom screams in pain.

Appearance and PersonalityEdit

Frank appears as a young white child with grey eyes and blond hair. He is very strange and menacing.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Frank is an extension of Magda. While the full extent of his powers remain unknown, he was capable of killing Tom's hamster with a single glare.


Season 1Edit

Memorable QuotesEdit

"Then they should be lying down. Dead people lie down."
—Frank to Tom and Trevor[src]


References Edit

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