Meet the cast of Big Little Lies

Everything you need to know about the cast and characters of Sky’s new dark comedy-drama


There’s a chance you might know Sky/HBO’s new comedy-drama Big Little Lies is based on the dark novel of the same name. And perhaps you’ve already heard it’s about three mothers who soon become embroiled in murder. However, you’ve almost definitely heard that the cast list boasts several Hollywood names.


So, which film stars feature in the seven-part comedy of bitter housewives? Here’s all you need to know…

Reese Witherspoon plays Madeline MacKenzie

Who is Madeline?

She’s the cheery-and-spiky alpha mum on her second marriage. She’s funny, biting, and hot-headed ­– she remembers everything and forgives no one.

Where have I seen Reese Witherspoon before?

She’s a Hollywood star with a long list of films under her belt, but you probably know her best as Elle Woods in the Legally Blonde movies or June Carter in Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line (a performance that earned her a Best Actress Oscar).

You might also know her as Rachel’s sister Jill in Friends.

Nicole Kidman plays Celeste Wright

Who is Celeste?

She’s an ex-lawyer with a toyboy husband. She’s well-liked by the other mothers, but her well-maintained facade of wealth and happiness can’t last forever… 

Where have I seen Nicole Kidman before?

Moulin Rouge, Batman Forever, Days of Thunder, Australia: Kidman has done a lot of movies over a career spanning four decades. Like Witherspoon, she’s garnered the Oscar for Best Actress, winning for her performance as Virginia Woolf in The Hours.

Shailene Woodley plays Jane Chapman

Who is Jane?

She’s the young newbie in the crowd of mums, struggling to make ends meet and dealing with a son, Ziggy, who’s become an outcast at school.

Where have I seen Shailene Woodley before?


She made her film debut in The Descendants (2011) with George Clooney and has gone on to star in movies such as The Spectacular Now, Snowden, The Fault in Our Stars and the Divergent series.