Why 'Borgias' star David Alpay is a great addition to ‘The Vampire Diaries’

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You may not be familiar with his name, but Canadian actor David Alpay has been making quite a name for himself on the small screen. Fans of Showtime's lavish period drama "The Borgias" know Alpay as the man who plays Calvino, one of the many love interests of Lucrezia Borgia during Season 2.

Alpay may also be familiar to fans of another period drama, "The Tudors." During Season 2, he played Mark Smeaton, a musician involved with Anne Boleyn's brother, George. His other TV roles include guest appearances on "Rizzoli & Isles," "Fairly Legal," "Crash" and "Dollhouse."

The former "Borgias" star will have a recurring role on the upcoming season of "The Vampire Diaries." According to Zap2It, Alpay will play Professor Shane, a college academic with an interest in the occult. Another thing he'll have an interest in is Bonnie, the resident witch of Mystic Falls. Reports suggest that he's familiar with her family, likely suggesting that he knows about her whole witchy lineage.

So what makes this "Borgias" alum a smart choice for the "Vampire Diaries" cast? Well, to start with, he's got a great resume when it comes to period pieces.

If it turns out that Professor Shane is another vampire, his familiarity with Bonnie's family might be due to him knowing them in centuries past. If they do any flashback scenes, Alpay will be very comfortable adopting authentic period mannerisms. And given how young Alpay looks, it's a fair bet he's a vampire or some other supernatural being. After all, how many college professors do you know who look that young?

Another reason Alpay is a great fit for the show is his experience in romantic roles, such as his role on "The Borgias." Bonnie's a great character who often falls by the wayside when she's not hanging out with one of the Gilbert kids. Alpay is sure to generate charm and charisma, and his interactions with Bonnie might put her front and center more this season.

With most of the main characters getting ready to graduate from high school by the end of next season, the introduction of Alpay's character is a good segue for introducing the Mystic Falls gang to the world of higher education, should any of the teens decide to go to college in Season 5.

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