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Beautiful People is a British comedy drama television series based on the memoirs of Barneys creative director Simon Doonan. The series takes place in Reading, Berkshire, in 1997, where thirteen-year-old Simon Doonan and his best friend Kylie dream of escaping their dreary suburban surroundings and moving to cosmopolitan London "to live amongst the beautiful people." The first episode aired on BBC Two on 2 October 2008 and recorded overnight ratings of 1.5 million viewers and positive critical reaction. Episodes are self-contained, but do follow a loose story arc throughout the course of each series. The second and final series finished airing on 18 December 2009.

Series Cast

  1. Olivia Colman

    Olivia Colman

    Debbie Doonan

    12 Episodes

  2. Layton Williams

    Layton Williams


    12 Episodes

  3. Aidan McArdle

    Aidan McArdle

    Andy Doonan

    12 Episodes

  4. Luke Ward-Wilkinson

    Simon Doonan

    12 Episodes

  5. Samuel Barnett

    Samuel Barnett

    Adult Simon Doonan

    12 Episodes

  6. Frances Barber

    Frances Barber

    Miss Prentice

    1 Episode

  7. Sarah Hadland

    Sarah Hadland

    Miss Dunnderdale

    1 Episode

  8. Rory Kinnear

    Rory Kinnear


    1 Episode

Full Cast & Crew

Last Season

Season 2

2009 | 6 Episodes

Season 2 of Beautiful People premiered on November 13, 2009.

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Beautiful People


Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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