Normal People has been high on people’s TV must-watch lists lately and we can’t say we’re surprised… it’s SO good!
The BBC series, which is an adaptation of Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel, landed in full on iPlayer on Sunday and we’re sure popcorn has been flying off shelves to accompany evening binge-watching sessions as a result.
As a little bit of insight, without too many spoilers, the Ireland-based series traces that self-conscious, raw and exciting feeling first love donates, as we follow two protagonists, Marianne and Connell, and their romantic journey, from school through to college.
Peer pressure and class divide puts a strain on their relationship and we won’t say much more, because you’ll just have to watch to find out!
In the twelve episodes of the series, we meet an ensemble of talented actors, including Daisy Edgar-Jones, who plays Marianne, and Connell who is played by Paul Mescal.
Here’s everything you need to know about the lead actors…
Marianne, played by Daisy Edgar-Jones
Daisy Edgar-Jones, 21, plays the compelling, bookish character of Marianne who is a teenager isolated by all in her class. Except for Connell.
The London-born star is known for her roles in Cold Feet and War of the Worlds too, and studied at the National Youth Theatre and Woodhouse College.
Her father, Philip Edgar-Jones, is the director of Sky Arts and one of the creators behind Big Brother and her northern-Irish mother worked as an editor on TV dramas.
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In a recent interview with Express.co.uk, the actress opened up on her role and her relationship with Connell, explaining: “You know, I’ve read the book about a billion times and I still can’t get my head around them 100 percent.”
She continued: “I think what’s really amazing is they really shift and change. But I would say that they’re two people who are both incredibly intelligent and have a massively full and deep inner life.
“And I think that they have a really unique way of communicating with each other that’s very special.
“As the book goes on they grow up and change but their interest in each other is undeniable and they can’t seem to [leave each other].”
Daisy has accumulated a following of 40,000 on Instagram and regular posts photos of herself modelling beautiful outfits.
The brunette beauty is dating 29 year old Tom Varey, of Game of Thrones fame, and the pair met on the set of film Pond Life.
Connell, played by Paul Mescal
Rising star Paul Mescal, 24, plays the part of Connell, a charming and intelligent teenager who quickly finds himself falling in love with Marianne.
Their paths miraculously cross again at Trinity College in Dublin, after an ill-fated and short-lived romance whilst in the final year of school.
Mescal grew up in Maynooth in County Kildare, Ireland. He was raised by parents Paul and Dearbhla and grew up with two siblings, a sister named Nell and brother Donnacha.
The star cut his teeth in acting at the Lir Academy at Trinity College Dublin, serendipitously, as that’s where a chunk of Normal People just so happens to be filmed.
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Speaking about his part to Express.co.uk, Mescal said: “The first time I met Sally [Rooney] she said he’s a very difficult character to write in a television setting because he doesn’t actually say a huge amount.
“So that in the book she’s obviously able to give him this internal monologue, and I think it was just about constantly going back to the book.
“And I think that’s really captured nicely in this series – he doesn’t speak a huge amount when it’s not necessary.”
This is Paul’s first major role, with other acting gigs consisting of Matt in Bump and theatre predictions including The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Gaiety Theatre.
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Paul doesn’t publicly have a girlfriend, and has even spoken out about previous dating disasters.
Of a date-gone-wrong in Amsterdam, He told Vogue: “The only way out for me, in my head, was to fake a phone call and pretend that my friend was in hospital.
“I got off the phone – I thought I had given my greatest performance – and said, "Oh my friend is in hospital, I have to go.” What a charmer!
The star does have Instagram, for those ready to get scrolling! He can be found at paul.mescal and is a fan of a pensive selfie and a vintage filter.
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