Meet the stars of new BBC drama Conversations With Friends from the creators of Normal People

TAYLOR Swift’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn has been cast as the male lead in Conversations with Friends, the much-anticipated follow up to hit drama, Normal People.

The 12-part BBC Three show will see him play actor Nick, while Girls star Jemima Kirke, will play his wife, a writer called Melissa.

They’ll be joined by newcomer Alison Oliver who plays the narrator, a 21-year-old college student called Frances, and Sasha Lane as her former lover-turned-friend, Bobbi.

Conversations with Friends revolves around these four central characters – whose relationships become dangerously intertwined – and the adaptation is based on the debut novel of Sally Rooney.

She also penned Normal People, which was a global hit for BBC Three last year, boosting the career of Daisy Edgar Jones, 22, and turning Paul Mescal, 25, into a megastar as they played troubled couple Marianne and Connell.

Though the two stories aren’t interlinked, Conversations with friends is also set in Ireland and will be directed by Lenny Abrahamson, who also directed Normal People.

He said: “We all feel so excited to start shooting. I’ll be joined by a world class crew, many of whom worked on Normal People.”

Filming will start this year, mainly in Dublin and Belfast, and the co-production between the Beeb and American station Hulu will air on BBC1 next year.

Joe, 29, was on BBC1 in 2019 playing Bob Cratchit in Steven Knight’s radical reinterpretation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

He’s been dating Taylor, 31, for four years.

Meanwhile, Jemima, 35, will play the new headteacher of Moordale High school in Netflix’s Sex Education, which is set to return with a third season this year.

Normal People broke records on BBC iPlayer when it was released last year, as well as receiving a number of awards nominations.

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