Conversations with Friends cast: who stars in Sally Rooney BBC TV adaptation with Alison Oliver and Joe Alywn?

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Conversations with Friends is a new series from the creators of Normal People

Conversations with Friends is a new 12-part romantic drama series adapted from the debut novel of best-selling author Sally Rooney.

Rooney is also the author of Normal People, the ridiculously popular BBC Three show that introduced Paul Mescal to the world when it was releaed in April 2020.

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The new BBC Three show will no doubt be compared to its predecessor, and both series have similar settings and themes - like Normal People, Conversations with Friends also focuses on two Dublin college students and their sometimes stormy relationship.

The series follows the two students, Bobbi and Frances, as they meet a married couple and form a deep bond with them.

Conversations with Friends was filmed at a series of gorgeoues European locations and boasts a cool indie soundtrack.

Themes of love, friendship, and betrayal are explored through the series as characters’ loyalty to each other are tested.

Bobbi and Frances in Conversations with Friends Bobbi and Frances in Conversations with Friends
Bobbi and Frances in Conversations with Friends | BBC/Element Pictures/Enda Bowe

Who is in the cast of Conversations with Friends?

Alison Oliver as Frances

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Frances is a 21-year-old aspiring writer who performs spoken-word poetry with her ex-girlfriend Bobbi, who is now her best friend.

Conversations with Friends marks Oliver’s screen debut, and she was offered the role shortly after graduating from college herself.

Oliver is also due to star as Katie in the upcoming four-part BBC Best Interests, about parents of a child with a life threatening condition.

Sasha Lane as Bobbi and Alison Oliver as FrancesSasha Lane as Bobbi and Alison Oliver as Frances
Sasha Lane as Bobbi and Alison Oliver as Frances | BBC/Element Pictures/Enda Bowe

Sasha Lane as Bobbi

Bobbi is more outgoing than her ex-girlfriend - she acts as the mouthpiece of the pair, even reading out the poems that Frances has written.

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One of Lane’s earlier roles was as Jane in The Miseducation of Cameron Post alongside Chloë Grace Moretz.

She had a leading role in the A24 road movie American Honey, and has also had supporting role in Marvel’s Loki and action mystery series Utopia.

Joe Alwyn as Nick

Nick is an actor who’s fame has tailed off - he is married to Melissa but begins an affair with Bobbi.

Alwyn starred as Masham in The Favourite alongside Emma Stone and Olivia Colman, and will also be recognised for his foles in Boy Erased and Mary Queen of Scots.

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He is due to star in the upcoming miniseries Brideshead Revisited, and the medieval comedy film Catherine Called Birdy which will be released later this year.

Alwyn is Taylor Swift’s partner and has collaborated with her on her albums Folklore and Evermore.

Joe Alwyn as Nick and Jemima Kirke as MelissaJoe Alwyn as Nick and Jemima Kirke as Melissa
Joe Alwyn as Nick and Jemima Kirke as Melissa | BBC/Element Pictures/Enda Bowe

Jemima Kirke as Melissa

Melissa is a successful photographer and writer and married to Nick, She meets Frances and Bobbi at a poetry reading. Melissa grows closer to Bobbi, leaving Frances feeling neglected.

Kirke is known for her role as Jessa Johansson on the HBO comedy Girls with Lena Dunham.

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She also starred as Hope Haddon, the new head teacher, on the third season of Sex Education and as Adelaide in the comedy sci-fi series alongside Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.

Alex Murphy as Philip

Philip is Frances’ colleague and friend and tries to support her despite disagreeing with her decision to enter into an affair with Nick.

Murphy played Conor MacSweeney in the comedy film Young Offenders and the TV series spinoff of the same name.

He is also due to star as Doug in the upcoming comedy horror film The Loneliest Boy in the World.

When is Conversations with Friends on TV?

The series will premiere on BBC Three at 10pm on 15 May and the second episode will air at 10.30pm the same day.

All episodes will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer from 15 May.

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