Drama, Romance / TV-Series (2020)
Normal People is a 2018 novel by Sally Rooney. It was adapted into a 12-part drama television series developed by Element Pictures for BBC Three and Hulu starring Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne and Paul Mescal as Connell.
The series follows Marianne Sheridan and Connell Waldron through their time at secondary school in County Sligo on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, and later as undergraduate students at Trinity College Dublin. The focus is mainly Connell’s and Marianne’s complex relationship. Among her peers at secondary school, Marianne is regarded as an oddball, but she denies caring about her social standing.
Despite her academic achievements, her home life is complicated by her dismissive mother, Denise, and her resentful brother, Alan. Her father is deceased and is later revealed to have been a domestic abuser, though her family avoids mentioning him. Connell is an athletic, high-achieving student living with his single mother Lorraine, who is employed by Denise as a house cleaner. He is popular in school, though he remains silent while Marianne is constantly bullied. This creates complexity and point of contention as their relationship develops.
Directors: Lenny Abrahamson, Hettie Macdonald
Writers: Alice Birch, Mark O’Rowe, Sally Rooney
Stars: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal, Desmond Eastwood, Aislín McGuckin, Sarah Greene, Frank Blake, India Mullen, Eliot Salt
|Liz Fitzgibbon||►||Ms. Neary|
|Sebastian De Souza||►||Gareth|
|Domhnall Herdman||►||Matt / …|
|Muiris Crowley||►||Mr. Kerrigan|
|Bláithín Mac Gabhann||►||Evelyn|
|Michael Phong Le||►||Matt|
|Ciara Berkeley||►||Student 1|
|Lucilla di Paolo||►||Shopkeeper|
|Rachel Mariam||►||Teaching Assistant 1|
|Lila Coleman||►||Student 2|
|Gwynne McElveen||►||Aunt Caitlin|
|Eileen Byrne||►||Granny Rose|
|Anita Petry||►||Seminar Leader|
|Carl Austin||►||English Lecturer|
|Ross Gaynor||►||Teaching Assistant 2|
|Una Carroll||►||Exam Invigilator|
|Elena Tully||►||Funeral Morner|