Taylor Swift's boyfriend Joe Alwyn to star in Conversations With Friends

Thursday, February 18
Deirdre McKeever

The lead cast for the hugely anticipated BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends, has been announced.

The TV adaptation will be coming to our screens next year and will follow last year's hit Normal People, which was also adapted from a Rooney novel.

The story follows the tangled relationships of four friends.

Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn, who’s known for his parts in films including The Favourite and Harriet is to play Nick.

Alison Oliver, will take the role of Frances.  Alison attended Dublin’s Lir Academy, coincidently the same drama school as Normal People’s Paul Mescal.

Sasha Lane (American Honey, The Miseducation of Cameron Post) is set to appear as Bobbi. Jemima Kirke (Sex Education, Girls) steps in as Melissa.

Filming for the 12 part series is set to take place later this year in Dublin, Belfast and other unconfirmed locations overseas.

The series is to be directed by Lenny Abrahamson, who directed Normal People to much acclaim.

Piers Wenger, director of BBC Drama, said: “Lenny’s deep affinity for Sally’s writing and talent for finding actors to bring her fictional creations to life played a huge part in bringing Normal People so successfully to screen.

“In casting Alison, Sasha, Joe and Jemima, that same flair and instinct is in evidence and we can’t wait to see how they will bring Frances, Bobbi, Nick and Melissa to life.”

Normal People, which starred Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones, was one of the most celebrated TV shows of 2020. It picked up four Emmy nominations and is currently in the running for two Golden Globes.