Conversations With Friends cast

Meet the stunning cast of BBC Three’s ‘Conversations With Friends’ adaptation

The cast are drop dead gorgeous obvs!

BBC Three’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s award-winning debut novel Conversations With Friends is finally here – and the cast is insanely gorgeous!

The 12-part series, which starts on Sunday May 15 2022, stars a beautiful and talented group of actors some of whom you’ll recognise…

But the leading lady won’t be so familiar.

It’s Alison Oliver’s first ever TV role!

So who is in the cast of the much-anticipated BBC Three drama Conversations With Friends?

Here’s everything you need to know!

Alison Oliver as Frances in Conversations With Friends
Newcomer Alison Oliver as Frances in Conversations With Friends (Credit: BBC)

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Who plays Frances in the cast of Conversations With Friends?

Alison Oliver portrays university student Frances in the cast of Conversations With Friends.

Frances is smart, beautiful and witty, but struggles with her confidence and often can’t make herself heard.

And Cork-born Alison is perfectly cast in the role.

Not least because she’s actually Irish!

She brings the right level of naivety and angst to budding writer Frances.

In the TV series, Frances is 21 years of age but, in real life, actress Alison Oliver is 23.

The show marks the screen debut for the Irish actress.

She graduated from the Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art in Dublin in 2020 and booked Conversations With Friends soon after.

Sasha Lane as Bobbi
Sasha Lane as Bobbi in the cast of Conversations With Friends (Credit: BBC)

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How old is Sasha Lane who plays Bobbi?

Actress Sasha Lane stars as Frances’ outspoken, super-confident friend and former lover Bobbi.

Sasha is 26 years old in real life, but playing a 21-year-old in the BBC drama.

She isn’t quite as new to acting as her co-star Alison, but she’s still a relative baby.

Sasha’s been on our TV screens ever since 2016 when she starred as Star in the film American Honey.

She’s also starred as Jane in The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Rose in Hearts Beat Loud, and Lindsay in After Everything.

Sasha has appeared in the films Daniel Isn’t Real and Hellboy.

The Texas-born actress is also known for her performance in Lewis Capaldi’s Before You Go official video.

She recently played Hunter C-20 in the Marvel series Loki, and Jessica Hyde in the US version of hit British drama Utopia.

Joe Alwyn as Nick Conway
Joe Alwyn – aka Mr Taylor Swift – stars as Nick Conway (Credit: BBC)

Who plays Nick Conway in Conversations With Friends cast?

Joe Alwyn portrays reserved actor Nick Conway in the cast of Conversations With Friends.

The six foot actor is perhaps most famous for playing Masham in the award-winning film The Favourite, opposite Olivia Colman.

He’s also starred as Robert Dudley in the 2018 film Mary Queen of Scots, and Bob Cratchit in the 2019 TV drama A Christmas Carol.

More recently, he’s portrayed Lawrence Stirling in the film The Last Letter from Your Lover, and Max in The Souvenir: Part II.

He’ll soon play Lord Sebastian Flyte in the upcoming TV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, a role we think he was born for.

Kent-born Joe is 31 in real life, and playing a 32-year-old.

Pop fans might also know him for dating singer Taylor Swift.

He’s said to be the inspiration for her song London Boy, and he even co-wrote her latest album Folklore.

Jemima Kirke in the cast of Conversations With Friends
Actress Jemima Kirke in the cast of Conversations With Friends (Credit: BBC)

Jemima Kirke stars as Melissa

Jemima Kirke, who plays writer Melissa, is probably the most famous face in the cast.

Of course, Girls fans will know her as super-sexy Jessa in the HBO comedy.

London-born Jemima recently starred as Hope Haddon in Sex Education.

Before that, she played The Countess in the film Sylvie’s Love, Adelaide in the TV series Maniac, and Odessa in All These Small Moments.

In 2017, she starred in Zayn’s music video for the single Dusk Till Dawn featuring Sia.

Jemima is 37 years old, and plays 30-something Melissa.

Tommy Tiernan as Dennis
Tommy Tiernan as Frances’ dad Dennis in Conversations With Friends (Credit: BBC)

Derry Girl star Tommy Tiernan plays Frances’ dad

Meanwhile, actor and comedian Tommy Tiernan stars as Frances’ dad Dennis.

Dennis is an alcoholic and lives alone in Ballinascaul.

He supports Frances financially, but the two of them struggle to connect emotionally.

Derry Girls fans will recognise Tommy as Gerry Quinn in the C4 comedy.

The 52-year-old Irish star is also well known for hosting The Tommy Tiernan Show from 2017.

He’s also portrayed Ed Hewitt in Small Potatoes, Father Kevin in Father Ted, and the Dad in Little Crackers.

The stand-up comedian has also written and starred in his own TV film, entitled Tommy Tiernan: Crooked Man.

Kerry Fox as Valerie
Conversations With Friends cast: Kerry Fox as Valerie (Credit: BBC)

Who else stars in the cast of Conversations With Friends?

Smother actress Justine Mitchell plays Frances’ mum Paula.

Paula separated from her husband Dennis nine years ago.

She’s practical and perceptive and lives alone in Ballinascaul, Co Mayo.

Meanwhile, The Young Offenders actor Alex Murphy plays Phillip.

Philip is a friend of Frances and Bobbi’s who gets Frances her summer internship.

Brassic’s Tadhg Murphy – who lost his eye at 13 in a tragic accident – stars as Derek, an old friend of Nick’s and part of their Dublin social circle.

Finding Joy actress Salley Garnett portrays Derek’s wife Evelyn.

She’s a singer, too, which explains the beautiful scene in episode four…

Kerry Fox is Valerie, Melissa’s mentor and agent, who owns the Croatian holiday villa.

She’s a Kiwi actress, aged 55, who is probably most famous for starring opposite Ewan McGregor in the 1994 film Shallow Grave.

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Conversations With Friends starts on BBC3 at 10pm on Sunday May 15 2022. The entire boxset is available on BBC iPlayer from this date.

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Helen Fear
TV Editor