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Meet the actors who bring Sally Rooney’s ‘Conversations with Friends’ to life


Conversations with friends is Sally Rooney’s latest novel adapted for the small screen, following in the footsteps of Hulu Normal people.

The 12-part series tells the story of Frances, a 21-year-old college student, 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 US and the BBC iPlayer in the UK now. If you feel up to it, you can watch the whole series at once or, alternatively, watch on your own.

Unfortunately, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal will not be reprising their roles as Marianne and Connell in conversation between friends, but the series features a star-studded cast you’re sure to fall in love with just as much as you did with normal people.

Newsweek has everything you need to know about the casting of Conversations with friends.

Meet the cast of Conversations with friends

Frances Alison Oliver

Up-and-coming actor Alison Oliver stars as 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, one might 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 screen role and it certainly won’t be the last you’ll see of her.

Nick played by Joe Alwyn and Frances played by Alison Oliver in Conversations With Friends.
Enda Bowe/Hulu

Bobbi—Sasha Lane

Sasha Lane stars as Bobbi in conversation between friends, Frances’ best friend and ex-girlfriend.

As Frances and Nick embark on a serious affair, Bobbi and Melissa openly flirt in front of everyone. As Bobbi and Frances separate, their romantic relationships threaten their close friendship.

Lane is best known for her starring role in American honey and Hunter C-20 in Loki.

His other credits include Cameron Post’s Bad Education, Hellboy, and the American remake of the British television series Utopia.

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

Joe Alwyn returns to TV after three years as actor Nick Conway on Hulu’s Conversations with friends.

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

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

Alwyn is also superstar Taylor Swift’s boyfriend and even co-wrote some of her songs.

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

Jemima Kirke plays 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.

More recently, she starred in Sex education Season 3 as Director Hope.

Paula—Justine Mitchell

Justine Mitchell stars as Paul, Frances’ mother.

Mitchell is best known for her role as Lizzie in TryingConnie in Pure, and Maeve Flynn-Dunne in Amber.

Dennis—Tommy Tiernan

Derry Girls star Tommy Tiernan stars as Frances’ absentee father, Dennis.
Audiences may also recognize Tiernan from the series small potatoes and the movie Dark is the island.

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

Philip—Alex Murphy

Alex Murphy stars as Alex Murphy in conversation between friends, Frances’ close friend in college and colleague.

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

Conversations with friends premieres Sunday, May 15 on Hulu and the BBC.


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