The Black Butterflies cast features Nicolas Duvauchelle, Niels Arestrup and Alyzée Costes. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Olivier Abbou and Bruno Merle’s 2022 series on Netflix. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Black Butterflies focuses on a married novelist who agrees to write an elderly man’s memoirs. When Adrien listens to a fantastical story about love and death, he rejects the business proposal despite needing the money. The narrative jumps back and forth in time as the interview subject admits to a series of murders. Here’s every actor and character in Black Butterflies aka Les papillons noirs.
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Black Butterflies Cast: Nicolas Duvauchelle as Adrien
Character Profile: A novelist known as Mody. In the past, he spent three years in Thailand at a Muay Thai training camp. Adrien becomes increasingly agitated while working on a new book about a serial killer.
Duvauchelle’s Resume: Augustin Meaulnes in Le grand Meaulnes (2006), Théo Vachewski in Braquo (2009-14), Mathieu in Polisse (2011), Fred Santos in Your Honor (2021), Fred Lucchesi in Fred Lucchesi (2021)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast & Characters: ‘Luckiest Girl Alive’
Black Butterflies Cast: Niels Arestrup as Albert
Character Profile: A dying French man who grew up in Monchel-sur-Canche. He asks Adrien to write his memoirs. Albert claims that he killed several men in the 70s while protecting his beloved Solange.
Arestrup’s Resume: Roussin in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), César Luciani in A Prophet (2009), Grandfather in War Horse (2011), General Dietrich von Choltitz in Diplomacy (2014), Madman in At Eternity’s Gate (2018)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast & Characters: ‘Jumping from High Places’
Black Butterflies Cast: Alyzée Costes as Solange
Character Profile: Albert’s love interest during a 70s timeline. She is a German woman and the daughter of a prostitute. Solange lures men for Albert to kill.
Costes’ Resume: Jennifer in Love in Paris (2013), Linda Bertin in Blood on the Docks (2016), Marina Joussineau in Cassandre (2019), Clémence Rousseaus in Le juge est une femme (2019), Claire Beaumont in Les Petits Meurtres D’Agatha Christie (2019)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast & Characters: ‘Mr. Harrigan’s Phone’
Black Butterflies Cast: Alice Belaïdi as Nora
Character Profile: Adrien’s wife. She is an epigenetics scientist who worries about her husband’s mental health. Nora leaks the first two chapters of Adrien’s latest draft to his editor.
Belaïdi’s Resume: Nassima in Radiostars (2012), Nadia in The Climb (2017), Marcelle in If I Were a Boy (2017), Alyson Lévêque in Hippocrate (2018-21), Isis in Men on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (2022)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast & Characters: ‘Inheritance’
Black Butterflies Cast: Brigitte Catillon as Catherine
Character Profile: Adrien’s mother. She is a stoic woman who worked in a hospice center. Catherine expresses interest in Adrien’s new writing project.
Catillon’s Resume: Armande Béjart in Molière (1978), Régine in Un Coeur en Hiver (1992), Capitaine Barthas in Tell No One (2006), Rose-Marie in La vérité ou presque (2007), Nicole Gardet in Endangered Species (2017)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast & Characters: ‘Last Seen Alive’
Black Butterflies Cast: Sami Bouajila as Carrel
Character Profile: A French police officer. He researches unsolved murders and links them to Albert. Carrel makes a fateful decision during his investigation.
Bouajila’s Resume: Félix in The Adventures of Félix (2000), Abdelkader in Days of Glory (2006), Belgarde in Remember (2017-18), Fares Ben Youssef in A Son (2019), Mehdi in Ganglands (2021)
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The Black Butterflies cast also includes Marie Denarnaud (Une vie, HPI Haut Potentiel Intellectuel), Lola Créton (Goodbye First Love, Something in the Air), Axel Granberger (Rascal, Iskander: Shadow of the River), Henny Reents (Doktor Martin, Nord bei Nordwest) and Nicolas Wanczycki (The Climb, Lupin).
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