Chats With Friends: Full Cast Of Sally Rooney Drama With Stars Of Sex Education, Derry Girls And Taylor Swift’s Boyfriend

Sally Rooney’s debut novel Conversations with Friends is getting the normal people treatment as it becomes the author’s next television adaptation. Like its predecessor, the new series, which airs on BBC Three, also follows the romantic entanglements of two young Irish lovers, Frances and Bobbi.

The synopsis for the new series reads, “Although they split three years ago, Frances and Bobbi are practically inseparable and do spoken poetry together in Dublin. It’s at one of their shows that they meet Melissa, an older writer, who is fascinated by the couple.

Bobbi and Frances begin spending time with Melissa and her husband Nick, a handsome but reserved actor. While Melissa and Bobbi openly flirt, Nick and Frances embark on an intense, secret affair that is surprising to both of them. Soon the case begins to test the bond between Frances and Bobbi, forcing Frances to reconsider her sense of self and the friendship she loves so much.”

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We have no doubt that you will recognize some of the people on this list. There is a large cast set to appear on the show. Here’s who stars in BBC Three’s new 12-part series Conversations with Friends. Here’s more information on how to watch Conversations with Friends and if it’s related to regular people.

Who’s on the roster?

Alison Oliver – Frances

Alison Oliver at BBC Three’s Chats with Friends premiere

British actress Alison Oliver stars as Frances in one of her first leading roles. She has appeared in Fame Dogs, Woggie and Home Brewed.

Speaking to the BBC about her casting, she said: “When I read the book, I fell completely in love with it immediately and all the characters in it.” Alison describes Frances as a “very cerebral and observant young woman who has a very dry wit” and said that she mainly worked on the book to prepare for the role.

Will Alison achieve the same level of success as Normal People stars Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones?

Sasha Lane – Bobbi

Sasha Lane at the Premiere of Chat with Friends

Sasha Lane, who plays Bobbi, is no stranger to TV work, having appeared in Utopia (2020). She also starred in the BAFTA-nominated American Honey, the 2019 Hellboy reboot, and even appeared in music videos by Alicia Keys and Lewis Capaldi.

Sasha described how she wanted to take on the role because she is very fond of “people and their psychology”. She also said that she used her past relationships as inspiration for her character.

Jemima Kirke – Melissa

Jemma Kirke is perhaps best known for her roles in Sex Education and Girls.

Melissa is played by Jemima Kirke, who recently appeared in the third season of Sex Education, but most people know her as Jessa on the American series Girls.

Speaking about the story, Jemima told the BBC: “I think Sally Rooney describes anxiety very well. She creates this visceral experience of anxiety, embarrassment, confusion and shame. It’s a very internal world that she’s creating and it’s a lot of fun to try to express. what is reality and what is the perception of it.” Jemma said that she feels the script for the new series “honors the romance”.

Joe Alwyn – Nick

Joe Alwyn as Nick in Conversations with Friends

British actor Joe Alwyn stars as Nick and his claim to fame is that he is ‘Mr. Taylor Swift’. The actor even co-wrote some of his songs, including August and Betty, from his eighth studio album.

A handyman, Joe had roles in the Oscar-nominated film The Favorite starring Olivia Colman and The Last Letter From Your Lover.

Joe said, “I loved it, I just ripped it. Sally is such a brilliant writer, she’s so sharp and observant and often funny at times, but also heartbreaking.”

Elsewhere in the cast, there’s Derry Girls’ Tommy Tiernan – Dennis. Tommy is a legendary Irish comedian who has his own show on RTE and you will have seen him on Father Ted of course.

Tommy Tiernan of the Derry Girls is Dennis in conversations with friends

Caoimhe Coburn Gray – Aideen

Caoimhe Coburn Gray’s credits include LOVE+ with Malaprop Theater Company and the short film Flicker.

Kerry Fox – Valerie

Kerry Fox previously played author Janet Frame in the film An Angel at My Table, directed by Jane Campion, which won her a Best Actress award at the New Zealand Film and Television Awards.

Sally Garnett – Evelyn

Sally, who grew up between Maynooth, Ireland and West Africa, starred as Mary Magdalene in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s iconic Jesus Christ Superstar.

Catch conversations with friends on Sunday 15 May on BBC Three at 10pm


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