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Big Little Lies

the-series-philosopher-big-little-liesBig Little Lies is an American dark comedy-drama HBO miniseries created and written by David E. Kelley (The Crazy Ones, Boston Justice, Ally McBeal), based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty. The series began filming in January 2016. The miniseries consists of seven episodes, all directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Sharp Objects). It premiered on February 19, 2017, and concluded on April 2, 2017.

Cast and characters


  • Reese Witherspoon (Freedom: A History of Us, Friends) as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
  • Nicole Kidman (Top of The Lake, Vietnam, Five Mile Creek) as Celeste Wright
  • Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The O.C) as Jane Chapman
  • Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood, Generation Kill) as Perry Wright, Celeste’s husband
  • Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation, Burning Love, Party Down) as Ed Mackenzie, Madeline’s husband
  • Zoë Kravitz (Californication) as Bonnie Carlson, Nathan’s second wife
  • James Tupper (Aftermath, Revenge, Grey’s Anatomy, Men in Trees, Samantha Who?) as Nathan Carlson, Madeline’s ex-husband
  • Jeffrey Nordling (I’m Dying Up Here, Arrow, Desperate Housewives, 24, Dirt) as Gordon Klein, Renata’s husband
  • Laura Dern (Twin Peaks, Enlightened) as Renata Klein


  • Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon) as Ziggy Chapman, Jane’s son
  • Sarah Baker (Go On, In Gayle We Trust) as Thea Cunningham
  • Sarah Burns (Murder, Married, Enlightened) as Gabrielle
  • P. J. Byrne (Vinyl, I’m Dying Up Here, The Game) as Principal Nippal
  • Santiago Cabrera (Heroes, Merlin, Dexter, The Musketeers) as Joseph
  • Darby Camp (The Leftovers) as Chloe Mackenzie, Madeline’s younger daughter
  • Hong Chau (A to Z, Treme, Trenches) as Jackie
  • Kelen Coleman (The Newsroom, The Mindy Project, The Office) as Harper Stimson
  • Merrin Dungey (Alias, Chasing Life, Once Upon A Time, Brooklyn Nine Nine) as Detective Adrienne Quinlan
  • Ivy George (The Life of Riley) as Amabella Klein, Renata’s daughter
  • Virginia Kull (Sneaky Pete, Gracepoint, Boardwalk Empire, The Following) as Ms. Barnes
  • Kathryn Newton (Supernatural, Gary Unmarried) as Abigail Carlson, Madeline’s elder daughter
  • Molly Hagan (Jane the Virgin, iZombie, Allie Singer, Herman’s Head) as Dr. Moriarty
  • Larry Sullivan (Scandal, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 24, The Young and the Restless) as Oren
  • David Monahan (Privileged, Crossing Jordan, Dawson) as Bernard
  • Kathreen Khavari (Insecure, Famous Farrah) as Samantha
  • Joseph Cross (The O’Keefes) as Tom, Madeline and Celeste’s favourite cafe owner
  • Robin Weigert (FearlessAmerican Horror Story, Damien, Jessica JonesSons of Anarchy) as Dr. Amanda Reisman, Perry and Celeste’s therapist
  • Larry Bates (Boston Public) as Stu
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