The Cast and Characters of HBO’s “My Brilliant Friend”

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The cast and characters of the HBO program My Brilliant Friend and a brief description of each character and their story (with spoilers).

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Ingrid Del Genio, Margherita Mazzucco, and Elisabetta De Palo As Elena

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Le Bambole (The Dolls)”

Who Is Elena

Elena is the lead character of My Brilliant Friend and through whose eyes and ears we are given any and all information. From what we learn in the first episode, she lives to be 60 years old, so no fear of death required, and as a kid, she was one of the brightest in her class. Also, we learn she had quite the crush on Nino, a boy in her community. It isn’t clear if, in the long run, they end up together.

Episode 4 Update

As a teenager, Elena struggles a bit with her physical appearance, due to pimples, and the boys she finds attractive seemingly not finding her alluring. However, with entering high school, she at least has her academic prowess to build up how she feels about herself. Even if, as she did throughout her younger years, struggle before she became top of her class.


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