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The Beautiful Lie 

Anna is happily married. She has the perfect family. But one man will change it all.




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Series cast summary:
Sarah Snook ...  Anna Ivin 6 episodes, 2015
Rodger Corser ...  Xander Ivin 6 episodes, 2015
Sophie Lowe ...  Kitty Ballantyne 6 episodes, 2015
Celia Pacquola ...  Dolly Faraday 6 episodes, 2015
Daniel Henshall ...  Kingsley Faraday 6 episodes, 2015
Benedict Samuel ...  Skeet Du Pont 6 episodes, 2015
Catherine McClements Catherine McClements ...  Tess Du Pont 6 episodes, 2015
Alexander England ...  Peter Levin 6 episodes, 2015
Dan Wyllie ...  Nick Levin 6 episodes, 2015
Robert Menzies Robert Menzies ...  Phillip Ballantyne 6 episodes, 2015
Gina Riley Gina Riley ...  Catherine Ballantyne 6 episodes, 2015
Marlon Williams ...  Dylan 6 episodes, 2015
Lewis Fletcher Lewis Fletcher ...  Kasper Ivin 6 episodes, 2015
Harrison Molloy Harrison Molloy ...  Riley Faraday 6 episodes, 2015
Artemis Ioannides ...  Gabriela 5 episodes, 2015
Fiona Harris Fiona Harris ...  Helen 3 episodes, 2015
Maia Thomas ...  Crystal 3 episodes, 2015
Ali Barter Ali Barter ...  Theresa 3 episodes, 2015
Milla Cormack Milla Cormack ...  Olive Faraday 3 episodes, 2015
Rubie Kirkwood Rubie Kirkwood ...  Olive Faraday / ... 3 episodes, 2015
Sheena Reyes ...  Nat 2 episodes, 2015
Danny McKenna Danny McKenna ...  Drummer 2 episodes, 2015
Savanna Molloy Savanna Molloy ...  Poppy Faraday 2 episodes, 2015
Hadley Webb Hadley Webb ...  Poppy Faraday 2 episodes, 2015


Anna is happily married. She has the perfect family. But one man will change it all.

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2015 (Australia) See more »

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Прекрасная ложь See more »

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Alexander England, Dan Wyllie and Celia Pacquola all appear in "Offspring". See more »

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This is not a remake of Anna Karenina. It's a comedy drama in it's own right.
9 May 2016 | by matt-rixonSee all my reviews

I think it's a little sad that people approach this charming mini-series expecting familiar Anna Karenina players, dialogue and scenery. I don't think the creators ever intended that. It exudes charm, wit and passion from the very start, but in its own way. Sure, matching the characters with their Tolstoy counterparts is entertaining, but this modern story stands alone. The character portrayals are engaging and the adaptation of the plot accessible to everyone. The Australian brand humour is masterful and draws well on multiple comedians in the cast. Celia Pacquola as Dolly is especially rewarding. Sarah Snook in the lead role of Anna is a revelation. Such a virtuoso! She is definitely someone to watch out for (go ahead and put her on your watch list). Even the creepy and sleazy Skeet, whom we can't help but dislike (or maybe that is just me) plays the role so you want to see the next creepy thing he'll do. The only let down for me was the music. Skeet is a musician / mixer. The sounds coming from his group during the show, and sometimes used as interlude music, is a slow wailing death. All in all it's a funny and tragic love story with a ton of story line and characters to keep you laughing, frowning and perplexed by the actions of seemingly sensible people who will become your friends. I guarantee you'll miss these friends after the final episode.

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