Know the Cast: ‘Birds of Paradise’

Birds of Paradise Cast on Amazon Prime

The Birds of Paradise cast spotlights Diana Silvers, Kristine Frøseth and Jacqueline Bisset. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Sarah Adina Smith’s 2021 Amazon Prime movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Birds of Paradise chronicles the rivalry of two American dancers from different backgrounds. Kate Sanders grew up in West Virginia with her widower father, while Marine Elise Durant enjoyed a privileged childhood as the daughter of a businessman and the U.S. ambassador to France. Both women compete for a contract at the esteemed Paris Opera, which is run by a domineering woman who understands the importance of maintaining personal and professional relationships with the social elite. Here’s every main player in Birds of Paradise, an adaptation of A.K. Small’s 2019 novel Bright Burning Stars.

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Birds of Paradise Cast: Diana Silvers as Kate Sanders

Birds of Paradise Cast - Diana Silvers as Kate Sanders

Character Profile: A former basketball player from Wakefield, Virginia. She hopes to win a contract at the Paris Opera in France. Kate only has five years of ballet experience and learns about the harsh realities of the industry while competing against her roommate, Marine.

Silvers’ Resume: Kimberly Tooms in Into the Dark “Flesh & Blood” (2018), Hope in Booksmart (2019), Maggie in Ma (2019), Erin Naird in Space Force (2020), Camille in Ava (2020)

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Birds of Paradise Cast: Kristine Frøseth as Marine Elise Durant

Birds of Paradise Cast - Kristine Frøseth as Marine Elise Durant

Character Profile: An American ballet dance whose mother is the ambassador to France. She returns from a French hospital after the suicide of her twin brother, Ollie.  Marine befriends Kate after an awkward first meeting, only to become the subject of a disturbing rumor.

Frøseth’s Resume: Ffion in Apostle (2018), Veronica in Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018), Kelly Aldrich in The Society (2019), Alaska Young in Looking for Alaska (2019), Sienna in The Assistant  (2019)

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Birds of Paradise Cast: Jacqueline Bisset as Madame Brunelle

Birds of Paradise Cast - Jacqueline Bisset as Madame Brunelle

Character Profile: The head of the Paris Opera. Madame Brunelle is known as “La Diabla” and reveals that she learned to embrace personal pain over the years. She heavily criticizes Kate while accepting money from Marina’s well-to-do family.

Bisset’s Resume: Miss Goodthighs in Casino Royale (1967), Cathy in Bullitt (1968), Julie Baker in Day for Night (1973), Countess Andrenyi in Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Yvonne Firmin in Under the Volcano (1984)

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Birds of Paradise Cast: Toby Huss as Scott Sanders

Birds of Paradise Cast - Toby Huss as Scott Sanders

Character Profile: Kate’s father who never appears on camera. He’s a concrete worker in Wakefield, West Virginia with a dog named Billy Elliot. Scott informs his daughter about selling the family home but doesn’t initially reveal his true motivations.

Huss’ Resume: Kahn Souphanousinphone Sr. in King of the Hill (1997-2010), Spook in Rescue Dawn (2006), John Bosworth in Halt and Catch Fire (2014-17), J.J. “Tex’ McCready in GLOW (2019), Edward Dickinson in Dickinson (2019-)

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The Birds of Paradise cast also includes Daniel Camargo (Coppelia), Solomon Golding (Feature Debut), Eva Lomby (Feature Debut), Alice Dardenne (Foiegras) and Didier Flamand (The Chorus).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.