Beautiful People (I) (2008– )

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The story of the flamboyant and ambitious 14-year-old Simon Doonan, who has dreams that stretch beyond his hometown of Reading.

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Series cast summary:
Luke Ward-Wilkinson ...
 Simon Doonan (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Kylie (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Debbie Doonan / ... (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Andy Doonan (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sophie Ash ...
 Ashlene Doonan (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Adult Simon Doonan / ... (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Aunty Hayley (11 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sarah Niles ...
 Reba (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Josh Handley ...
 Jayeson Jackson (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tameka Empson ...
 Johoyo / ... (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Gary Amers ...
 Sacha / ... (6 episodes, 2008-2009)


Simon Doonan and his best friend Kyle, better known as Kylie dream of living in London with the "beautiful people". Here and now (the 90s), Simon lives with his wacky family: the gin drinking mother, blind ex-druggie hippie aunt, slutty sister, Irish wine-experimental father and briefly, his angel-turned-devil grandmother. The series includes musical sequences, football and a barrel of laughs. Written by Bob Hudgens

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This is not your average family sitcom because the Doonans are not your average family.





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Gente Famosa  »

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Layton Williams auditioned six times, originally for the part of Simon. Olivia Colman was the first person to be cast. See more »


Featured in Beautiful People: Behind the Scenes (2008) See more »

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What a lovely show
28 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this show. Young Simon is vivacious and funny. His best friend is a great foil. The family and neighbors and classmates are all excellent characters. The '80s setting hits the right notes of nostalgia but is really used as a backdrop for a celebration of people. The musical and dance numbers that drop in here and there are really entertaining. The attention to details in mining the humor in the various situations says to me that this was a work of love by those involved. I came of age in the '80s and went through the Reagan Revolution and the beginnings of AIDS in Midwestern America and actually watched Boy George perform at a Stop Clause 28 rally in London in 1988. I really empathized with the older Simon in wishing his younger self could know that it was all going to be OK. Often with shows I like I watch them through as quickly as I can. This one, I spaced out so I could savor them as I saw them all for the first time.

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