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Meet the Cast Bringing Sally Rooney’s ‘Conversations With Friends’ to Life

Conversations With Friends is the latest Sally Rooney novel to be adapted for the small screen, following in the footsteps of Hulu’s Normal People.

The 12-part series tells the story of 21-year-old college student Frances as she navigates romantic relationships and friendships. However, she is thrown into the deep end when she begins an affair with a married man.

After years of waiting, Conversations With Friends is finally available to stream and download via Hulu in the U.S. and the BBC iPlayer in the U.K. now. If you are feeling up to it, you can binge-watch the entire series in one go or alternatively, watch at your leisure.

Unfortunately, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal will not be reprising their roles as Marianne and Connell in Conversations With Friends, but the series does feature a star-studded cast you are sure to fall in love with—just as much as you did with Normal People’s.

Newsweek has everything you need to know about the cast of Conversations With Friends.

Meet The Cast of Conversations With Friends

Frances—Alison Oliver

Up-and-coming actor Alison Oliver stars in the lead role of Frances in Conversations With Friends.

After befriending writer Melissa, (played by Jemima Kirke) Frances is introduced to her husband, Nick (Joe Alwyn). Frances and Nick’s connection is, you could say, undeniable.

They soon embark on an affair, leading Frances down a road of secrecy, heartbreak, and love.

Conversations With Friends is Oliver’s first major on-screen role and it for sure will not be the last you see of her.

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Nick played by Joe Alwyn and Frances played by Alison Oliver in Conversations With Friends.
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Bobbi—Sasha Lane

Sasha Lane plays the role of Bobbi in Conversations With Friends, Frances’ best friend and ex-girlfriend.

While Frances and Nick embark on a serious affair, Bobbi and Melissa openly flirt in front of everybody. With both Bobbi and Frances growing apart, their romantic relationships pose a threat to their close friendship.

Lane is best known for her role as Star in American Honey and Hunter C-20 in loki.

Her other credits include The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Hellboy, and the American remake of the British TV drama Utopia.

Bobbi (Sasha Lane) and Frances (Alison Oliver) in Conversations With Friends.
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Nick Conway—Joe Alwyn

Joe Alwyn makes his return to television after three years as actor Nick Conway in Hulu’s Conversations With Friends.

Alwyn is best known for his role as Robert Dudley in Mary Queen of Scots and for starring opposite Olivia Colman in The Favourite as Samuel Masham.

He is also known for playing Bob Cratchit in the Steven Knight mini-series A Christmas Carol.

Alwyn is also the boyfriend of superstar Taylor Swift and has even co-written some of her songs.

Melissa (Jemima Kirke) and Nick (Joe Alwyn) in Conversations With Friends
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Melissa — Jemima Kirk

Jemima Kirke portrays Melissa, Nick’s wife and a successful writer from London.

Kirke is best known for playing Jessa in Lena Dunham’s Girls and Adelaide in Maniacal.

Most recently, she starred in fri Education Season 3 as Headmistress Hope.

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Paula—Justine Mitchell

Justine Mitchell plays the role of Paul, Frances’ mother.

Mitchell is best known for her playing Lizzie in Trying, Connie in Mashed potatoes, and Maeve Flynn-Dunne in Amber

Dennis—Tommy Tiernan

Derry Girls star Tommy Tiernan plays the role of Frances’s absent father, Dennis.
Audiences may also recognize Tiernan from the series Small Potatoes and the movie Dark Lies the Island.

He also hosts his own program, The Tommy Tiernan Show, in his native Ireland.

Philip — Alex Murphy

Alex Murphy plays the role of Alex Murphy in Conversations With Friends, Frances’s close friend at university and colleague.

Murphy is best known for playing Conor MacSweeney in the hilarious comedy series, The Young Offenders.

Conversations With Friends premieres Sunday, May 15 on Hulu and the BBC.

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