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Meet Clarice Orsini--and Lara Pulver--of 'Da Vinci's Demons'

Americans may know Lara Pulver best for her role as fairy Claudine Crane in HBO's "True Blood," or perhaps as Irene Adler in "Sherlock" on PBS.

Come April, her role as Clarice Orsini in Starz' "Da Vinci's Demons" is likely to be top of mind.

"She is a woman very much ahead of her time," the English actress says in a new video introduction from Starz. "I guess you could mirror her to a modern-day Hillary Clinton ... Clarice is a powerhouse of a woman who is a devoted wife and yet, a very forward-thinking, intelligent, driven woman."

In the tale, Clarice is married to Lorenzo Medici (Elliot Cowan), who runs the top bank in Italy. They are the ultimate power couple in Florence and have "a profound love and compassion for each other," Pulver says.

That explains why Clarice is able to brush off her husband's affair with a noble woman "as long as you return to me." As Pulver plays her, Clarice feels no threat, but has a strength that conveys a threat of her own when confronting the woman in question.

"Da Vinci's Demons," from David S. Goyer, tells the story of Leonardo da Vinci (Tom Riley) during his energetic 20s in Renaissance Florence when he angered the powers that be with his impetuous spirit as much as he dazzled them with his brilliance. Da Vinci pushes himself into the Medici family's lives and the political struggles of Florence and Rome when he seks a commission from Lorenzo the Magnificent.

"There [are] many twists and turns within the storyline that catch you off guard," Pulver says. "But visually, it's a stunning piece of television."

"Da Vinci's Demons" premieres at 9 p.m. CT April 12 on Starz. Continue to visit Show Patrol in the coming weeks for more about the series, and an exclusive interview with one of the stars.

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