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The Serpent is the eight-part drama series about French serial killer Charles Sobhraj (played by Tahir Rahim) and Dutch junior diplomat Herman Knippenberg’s (Billy Howle) attempts to catch him. Nadine Gires lived in the same apartment block as Sobhraj and played a major role in building a case against him. Who plays Nadine in The Serpent? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Who plays Nadine in The Serpent?
Nadine Gires is portrayed by French actress Mathilde Warnier in the show.
Speaking about taking on the role of Gires, Warnier said: “Nadine Gires is a young, quirky, brave and bored-by-life French girl who followed her husband to the crazy city of Bangkok.
“This lonely woman befriended her seemingly lovely neighbours, Charles Sohbraj and Marie-Andrée.
“Until the terrible day where her best friend Dominique gave her revelations, she’ll never forget. Then, a breathless journey will begin for her and of course the Knippenberg couple.”
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Warnier is a 29-year-old French actress, columnist and model from Rosny-sous-Bois, France.
She is best known for her role as Sophie Mercaillon in the French television series A Very Secret Service.
In A Very Secret Service, she starred alongside Hugo Becker and Joséphine de La Baume.
Internationally, Gires is best known for her roles in US soap Dynasty and BBC’s World on Fire in 2019.
In Dynasty, she played the role of Juilette Carrington, starring alongisde Elizbeth Gillies, Grant Show, Nathalie Kelley and James Mackay.
She took on the role of Giulia in BBC’s World of Fire, appearing alongside Sean Bean, Julia Brown, Jonah Hauer-King, Helen Hunt, Zofia Wichlacz and Charlie Creed-Miles.
Her other well-known credits include The Widow, Spiral, The Wild Boys, Caprice and Eternity.
Nadine Gires and her husband Remi (Grégoire Isvarine) were neighbours and former friends of Charles Sobhraj (played by Tahir Rahim) and Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman), who at the time were known as Alain Gautier and Monique.
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In the series, it is revealed Nadine would introduce Alain to potential clients, some of whom would end up as his victims.
Alongside Remi, she helped Dominique (Fabien Frankel), a Frenchman Alain was holding captive, escape to France.
She then went undercover, taking photographs of the items left behind by the travellers such as Teresa Knowlton’s (Alice Englert) green clock and other items linked to the missing backpackers.
She also took photographs of Alain, Monique and Ajay (Amesh Edireweera).
The couple played a major role in exposing Alain Gautier as Sobhraj and unmasking his crimes by giving evidence and details to junior Dutch diplomat, Herman Knippenberg.
Warnier revealed she was in contact with the real Nadine Gires as she prepared for the role.
She said: “I talked to her over the phone before shooting and later had the chance to meet her on set.
“She is even more incredible in real life! I was intimidated by meeting her, she’s been so strong and The Serpent is the story of her life.
“I remember having my wig and Scooby-Doo style costume on, whilst she was on set and I was terribly worried about what she might think of my portrayal. I have a huge admiration for her.”
She added: “Besides the appeal of this fascinating story, I was immediately touched by the courage of Nadine.
“I couldn’t help but wonder how I would react in her position. Would I have done anything at all? Because the story of Nadine could be anyone – she was only a neighbour in the wrong place at the wrong moment. What would you do?
“It’s also very exciting for an actor to portray a character constantly evolving. It’s her coming-of-age story. A slightly brutal coming of age.
“There are two strong storylines for Nadine, both as a friend and an undercover agent.
“I couldn’t have been happier to tell her story as she was, and still is, a damn amazing woman.”
The Serpent is streaming on the BBC iPlayer now and airs every Sunday evening on BBC One at 9pm
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