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Alison Oliver is gearing up for role in gripping new BBC drama Conversations With Friends

How is Alison Oliver preparing for her starring role in the new BBC drama, Conversations With Friends? Speaking to the cast of Normal People for advice.

With her wide smile and overgrown bangs, you’d be forgiven for mistaking her for the star of a previous Sally Rooney adaptation.

And soon, Alison Oliver could very well be the next Daisy Edgar-Jones, thrust into the spotlight with her first leading role in the BBC’s Conversations with Friends.

Like Normal People’s Miss Edgar-Jones, the actress, 24, was a relative unknown when she was cast as Frances in the television remake of the Irish author’s first novel, which opens on Sunday.

Alison Oliver may well be the next Daisy Edgar-Jones - she burst into the spotlight with her first leading role in BBC's Conversations with Friends.  The 12-part series tells the story of Dublin college students Frances and Bobbi, played by American actress Sasha Lane, and their unexpected connection to married couple Nick, played by Taylor Swift's boyfriend Joe Alwyn, and Melissa, played by Jemima Kirke of Sex Education.

Alison Oliver may well be the next Daisy Edgar-Jones – she burst into the spotlight with her first leading role in BBC’s Conversations with Friends. The 12-part series tells the story of Dublin college students Frances and Bobbi, played by American actress Sasha Lane, and their unexpected connection to married couple Nick, played by Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn, and Melissa, played by Jemima Kirke of Sex Education.

The actress was a relative unknown when she was cast as Frances in the television remake of Irish author Sally Rooney's first novel, which opens on Sunday.

The actress was a relative unknown when she was cast as Frances in the television remake of Irish author Sally Rooney’s first novel, which opens on Sunday.

She will be hoping to emulate the success of her 23-year-old predecessor, who starred in BBC Three’s Normal People, a lockdown hit in April 2020, before landing film roles.

And Miss Oliver has been seeking your advice, along with warm words from Normal People male star Paul Mescal.

Miss Oliver, who grew up in Cork and went to the same drama school as Mescal, revealed this week that she contacted her after she landed the role.

“I knew Paul a little bit from university and he was very nice to contact me and I think it’s really nice to have that contact on the shows because it’s quite a similar thing,” she told BBC’s The One Show.

Miss Oliver has also spoken with Miss Edgar-Jones about the role. “We’re all part of the Rooneyverse, so there’s camaraderie,” she told The Sunday Times. They told me to just enjoy it.

The 12-part series tells the story of Dublin college students Frances and Bobbi, played by American actress Sasha Lane, and their unexpected connection to married couple Nick, played by Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn, and Melissa, played by Jemima Kirke of Sex Education.

There are several sex scenes between Miss Oliver’s character and Alwyn’s Nick, and Miss Oliver revealed that she even talked to American singer Miss Swift about those intimate scenes.

Conversations with Friends is on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.

Miss Oliver, who grew up in Cork and attended the same drama school as Normal People male star Paul Mescal, revealed this week that she contacted her after she landed the part.

Miss Oliver, who grew up in Cork and attended the same drama school as Normal People male star Paul Mescal, revealed this week that she contacted her after she landed the part.

There are several sex scenes between Miss Oliver's character and Alwyn's Nick, and Miss Oliver revealed that she has even talked to American singer Miss Swift about those intimate scenes.

There are several sex scenes between Miss Oliver’s character and Alwyn’s Nick, and Miss Oliver revealed that she has even talked to American singer Miss Swift about those intimate scenes.

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