The story of the flamboyant and ambitious 14-year-old Simon Doonan, who has dreams that stretch beyond his hometown of Reading.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
2009   2008  
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Beautiful People (2005–2006)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An academically gifted teen, her model-beautiful older sister and their newly single mother leave small town New Mexico in search of a new life in New York City.

Stars: Daphne Zuniga, Sarah Tareen, Torrey DeVitto
Christopher and His Kind (TV Movie 2011)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

How real-life British-American author Christopher Isherwood and his German boyfriend Heinz met and fell in love during the 1930s and the rise of Nazism.

Director: Geoffrey Sax
Stars: Matt Smith, Imogen Poots, Lindsay Duncan
The Time of Your Life (TV Mini-Series 2007)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A 35 year old woman, Kate, awakes from an eighteen year coma following a tragic accident to an unfamiliar world. As she tries to make sense of what has happened her family and old school friends are reluctant to dig up the past.

Stars: Genevieve O'Reilly, Geraldine James, Robert Pugh
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.

Director: Marek Kanievska
Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Michael Jenn
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When love continues to elude a newly single, young writer, he turns to what he does best and writes the girl of his dreams into his life. Zander is struggling to find both love and himself ... See full summary »

Director: John Bevilacqua
Stars: Tom Payne, Pippa Black, Zibby Allen
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.

Director: Nicholas Hytner
Stars: Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Clive Merrison
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed.

Director: Hettie Macdonald
Stars: Glen Berry, Linda Henry, Scott Neal
Queer as Folk (1999–2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A groundbreaking gay adult drama which chronicles the lives of Stuart and Vince, as well as 15-year-old Nathan, who is in love with Stuart.

Stars: Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly, Charlie Hunnam
Messiah (2001)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

After two horribly mutilated bodies are discovered, DCI Red Metcalfe is assigned to the case and plunged head-on into a nightmare.

Stars: Ken Stott, Frances Grey, Jamie Draven
Cucumber (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Modern gay life in Manchester.

Stars: Vincent Franklin, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Fisayo Akinade
Inheritance I (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

As a new conflict opposes Israel and Lebanon, Hajar, a young Palestinian student, returns to her native village in Galilee on the occasion of a wedding in the family. Just before the ... See full summary »

Director: Hiam Abbass
Stars: Hafsia Herzi, Hiam Abbass, Yussuf Abu-Warda
Grow Your Own (2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An English community gets testy when a refuge family is granted a plot of land on which to grow vegetables.

Director: Richard Laxton
Stars: Benedict Wong, Eddie Marsan, Omid Djalili
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Luke Ward-Wilkinson Luke Ward-Wilkinson ...  Simon Doonan 12 episodes, 2008-2009
Layton Williams ...  Kylie 12 episodes, 2008-2009
Olivia Colman ...  Debbie Doonan / ... 12 episodes, 2008-2009
Aidan McArdle ...  Andy Doonan 12 episodes, 2008-2009
Sophie Ash Sophie Ash ...  Ashlene Doonan 12 episodes, 2008-2009
Samuel Barnett ...  Adult Simon Doonan / ... 12 episodes, 2008-2009
Meera Syal ...  Aunty Hayley 11 episodes, 2008-2009
Sarah Niles ...  Reba 10 episodes, 2008-2009
Josh Handley Josh Handley ...  Jayeson Jackson 6 episodes, 2008-2009
Tameka Empson Tameka Empson ...  Johoyo / ... 6 episodes, 2008-2009
Gary Amers Gary Amers ...  Sacha / ... 6 episodes, 2008-2009
Edit

Storyline

Simon Doonan and his best friend Kyle, better known as Kylie dream of living in London with the "beautiful people". Here and now (the 90s), Simon lives with his wacky family: the gin drinking mother, blind ex-druggie hippie aunt, slutty sister, Irish wine-experimental father and briefly, his angel-turned-devil grandmother. The series includes musical sequences, football and a barrel of laughs. Written by Bob Hudgens

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

This is not your average family sitcom because the Doonans are not your average family.

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Divni ljudi See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Olivia Colman (Debbie Doonan) & Meera Syal (Aunty Hayley) also worked together on seven episodes of Broadchurch (2013) as Ellie Miller & Judge Sonia Sharma respectively. See more »

Connections

Featured in Beautiful People: Behind the Scenes (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Truly Hilarious
23 August 2010 | by TinyPlinySee all my reviews

It's been so long since I have had such a good rousing laugh out of watching characters on screen. And such wild and colourful characters they are - set in equally atrocious plot lines! The six half-hour episodes of the two seasons of Beautiful People are unpredictable and completely loony. The jokes are sometimes so terrible, you cannot help but laugh helplessly at the insanely good acting that makes each of them work.

Young Simon, played extremely well by Luke Ward-Wilkinson, is at the heart of his crazy family and deluded neighbours. Joined by his over- the-top across-the-street best friend, Kylie (played fabulously by theatre star Layton Williams), the pair gradually give viewers a roller-coaster of an insight into what it is to truly express yourself. The supporting cast of the wickedly awesome Olivia Colman as mum, the deceptively mellow Aidan McArdle as dad and the dead-set funny Meera Syal as auntie Hayley take the meaning of "supporting" to new heights - standing solidly behind the zaniest acts that Simon and Kylie concoct.

The music in the show is outstanding. The cast adapt many show-time tunes into hilarious and creatively choreographed renditions. Many catchy stick-in-your-head-for-days 90s pop tunes pop dangerously up at the most unexpected of times and force a hearty laugh out of you. Even more funny are the silly little cameos by theatre greats like Elaine Page and pop starlets like Danni Minogue. The whole show had me in splits around 97% of the time.

Beautiful People is just as hilarious on screen as it was in print. Go and watch it - your brain will thank you with a burst of warm endorphins!


14 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed