A Nearly Normal Family (2023) – Cast and Character Guide

A cast and character guide to Netflix’s crime thriller “A Nearly Normal Family.”


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This is a character guide for Netflix’s “A Nearly Normal Family,” with character descriptions, quotes, names of actors, and more.

Please Note: This content contains pertinent spoilers; descriptions are updated as new information is presented; images are changed as better ones are captured; and this is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, guest star, or recurring role. 

“A Nearly Normal Family” General Information

Network(s) Netflix
Genre(s) Crime

Drama

Thriller

Non-English (Swedish)

Script Writers Hans Jörnlind and Anna Platt
Based On The novel “A Nearly Normal Family” by M.T. Edvardsson
First Aired November 24, 2023
Executive Produced By Emma Hägglund, Iréne Lindblad, and Lars Wannebo
Director Per Hanefjord

“A Nearly Normal Family” Synopsis

Based on the novel by M.T. Evardsson, Netflix’s “A Nearly Normal Family” is a crime thriller that shows how far one family will go to protect their daughter. When 19-year-old Stella (Alexandra Karlsson Tyrefors) is accused of murder, her father and mother are left shocked and trying to prove their daughter’s innocence. The father (Björn Bengtsson) and mother (Lo Kauppi) start to conduct their own investigation, but they are afraid of what they will learn about their daughter along the way. The Swedish series unfolds with flashbacks of Stella with her new lover and the present, when Stella’s parents must deal with the aftermath of their daughter’s charge. Questions about guilt, law, and justice all arise in “A Nearly Normal Family” as the family learns more and more about each other and the secrets they keep. 

a nearly normal family
Lo Kauppi, Alexandra Karlsson Tyrefors, and Björn Bengtsson star in “A Nearly Normal Family” (Netflix, 2023)

Episode Listing

Season 1

Episode Number and Title
Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3
Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6

Stella

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Played by: Alexandra Karlsson Tyrefors

Stella is a 19-year-old woman with very little that inspires or moves her. She’s especially guarded and reluctant to trust others after being sexually assaulted as a teenager. Unknown to her family, Stella starts a relationship with an older man, whom she initially trusts but slowly begins to feel discomfort in his presence. After one horrid night, Stella is accused of murdering this man. 

  • Introduced In: 1.1, “Chapter 1”
  • “A Nearly Normal Family” is Tyrefors’ first filmed acting role. 

Notable Episodes

  • Chapter 1, Chapter 4, and Chapter 6 bring different perspectives on who Stella is. 

Quotes

“He just wouldn’t stop. Even when I didn’t want to. He just carried on.”

Adam

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Played by: Björn Bengtsson

Adam is Stella’s father and a priest in their town community. Adam often feels helpless when it comes to connecting with Stella, and he overcompensates by trying to protect and shelter her more than he should. Adam is stunned by the information that his daughter even had a boyfriend. While his relationship with his wife  is strained, they unite in order to hide their daughter’s role in a murder. 

  • Introduced In: 1.1, “Chapter 1” 
  • The actor is also known for their role in “The Last Kingdom,” their role in “Lust,” and their role in “Tjockare än vatten.”

Additional Information

  • Björn Bengtsson is also a writer.

Notable Episodes

  • Chapter 2 and Chapter 5 show Adam’s slow realization that his family isn’t who they seem. 

Quotes

“I just thought if our marriage was worth saving, that you’d tell me yourself.”

Ulrika

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Played by: Lo Kauppi

Ulrika is Stella’s mother and a law professor. She’s seemingly unhappy with her marriage and has an affair with a defense attorney. But Ulrika has very few people to turn to, as her father is in hospital care, her husband is distant, and her daughter loathes her. Ulrika knows her daughter played a role in the murder and attempts to hide the evidence. 

  • Introduced In: 1.1, “Chapter 1”
  • The actor is also known for their role in “Drifters,” their role in “The New Man,” and their role in “6A.”

Additional Information

  • Lo Kauppi also writes and directs. 

Notable Episodes

  • Chapter 3 and Chapter 5 shed some insight into Ulrika’s background and her relationship with Adam.

Quotes

“Time and time again, you punish me with your self-righteous silence.”

Chris

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Played by: Christian Fandango Sundgren

Chris is an older man who first meets Stella at an art exhibit. Chris comes off as charming, sensitive, and open, but his requests start to become demands that push Stella further into discomfort. Somehow, Chris ends up dead. 

  • Introduced In: 1.1, “Chapter 1” 
  • The actor is also known for their role in “Evil,” their role in “Blackwater,” and their role in “Cryptid.”

Notable Episodes

  • Chapters 4 and 5 provide new information about who Chris is. 

Quotes

“If it’s okay with you, I’d like to take my time.”


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