Nicolas Barrel, Astrid Frémont, Patrick Nebout… In the Mistral district, the characters remain but the faces change. The proof by thirteen with the casting changes that have occurred over the 18 seasons of “Plus belle la vie”.
In eighteen seasons, viewers of More beautiful life have had time to get attached to the characters – and their performers – whom they have seen grow up over the years. However, some of them have changed faces along the way, due to the departures of the actors or the decisions of the production, thus causing the anger and the incomprehension of the fans.
A few weeks before the grand finale of the series, we look back on these characters who have been recast in daily life.
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Wife of Charles Frémont (Alexandre Fabré) and mother of their three children, Astrid Frémont lives in the Mistral district from season 1, in the guise of Florence Brunet. In June 2005, she was replaced by Laure Sirieix. The character then finds herself ousted from the family empire and experiences a sad fate since she dies in a car accident after leaving to live in the West Indies.
Police lieutenant and companion of Thomas Marci (Laurent Kerusore) during the first seasons of More beautiful lifeNicolas Barrel is first interpreted by Alexandre Thibaultbefore being replaced in April 2005 by the Belgian actor Nicholas Herman, which thus plays its first major role. The latter nevertheless decides to leave the series two years later, which leads to the death of his character on the screen. Much to the surprise of fans, he reappears in seasons 3 and 5.
Appearing in season 7, the character of Ève Tressere, owner of the beauty salon “Les Belles du Mistral”, has a lasting impact on fans of the series thanks to the interpretation of Charlie Nune for almost a year. However, due to an incompatibility with her new family life, the actress prefers to give up her role to Charley Fouquetseen in Joséphine guardian angel, for Eve’s return to the Mistral in seasons 13 and 14.
Son of Sacha and Rebecca Malkavian, Jonas is portrayed by Pierre Louis Bellet in the seventh season of More beautiful life. Forced to flee to Brazil, the character returns to Marseille during season 12, meanwhile replaced by the actor Geoffrey Piet.
When the Nebout family arrived in 2011 in More beautiful life, Franck Semonin plays the police commander Patrick Nebout. When he decided, the following year, to leave the series to join the cast of Research section and No Limit on TF1, production replaces it with Jerome Bertin. This change causes an outcry among the fans… who will eventually get used to it!
Léa Boher (born Leroux)
Introduced in season 8, Léa Leroux, the daughter of Jean-François (Jean-Francois Malet) and Babeth (Marie Reache), is a teenager played by Charlotte Deysine. His character then embarks on medical studies before returning to Marseille at the end of the twelfth season, as an intern at the hospital. Charlotte Deysine declines the production’s offer to return to the series in order to devote herself to other projects, so that in 2016, Léa is now played by Marie Hennerez.
Like her on-screen twin sister, Émilie Leroux also changes performers over the seasons. Charlie Joirkinwho decided to leave Plus belle la vie in 2014, was replaced in April 2019 by Laurie Bordesoules. Returning to Marseille after her studies, the character becomes a PE teacher at Vincent Scotto high school.
New character of season 8, Valentin Nebout is a friendly high school student accumulating failures in love. Three years later, after failing his baccalaureate, he flew to the United States… and came back changed. Indeed, it is Valentin Baldi who takes the place of Louis Dunetonthe latter having decided to live other experiences.
From 2014 to 2015, Tia Diagne interprets Thérèse, the adopted daughter of Thomas Marci (Laurent Kerusore) and Gabriel Riva (Joakim Latzko). When the actress joins the cast of the series Guyana, Manon Bresch temporarily takes up the torch, then also flies to other horizons by committing to the Netflix series Deadly. She is thus replaced by Léa Kerel, seen in Balthazarin June 2019. The character of Thérèse then returns from London to help her brother Baptiste (Bryan Treasure), plunged into chaos.
“Irreconcilable schedules due to the professional obligations of the actress”: this is the reason why the production of More beautiful life chooses to separate from Sara Mortensen, who played math teacher Coralie Blain for almost seven years. Engaged on the hit detective series Astrid and Raphaellethe latter leaves the Mistral for good while her character is at the heart of a dramatic intrigue between Clément Bommel (David Marchal), his companion, and Theo (Jules Fabre), her stepson, with whom she has an affair. It is at the start of the 2019 school year that viewers discover the new face of Coralie: it is Coralie Audrey, appeared in numerous series (Do not do this, do not do that, Section of research, Profiling), which plays here its first major role on television. But in the final season of More beautiful life, the character of Coralie, missing from the soap opera for a season, is murdered. Did the production choose to get rid of Coralie Audrey, which was not unanimous with the fans? Mystery.
Since 2018, Ian Moss, the founder and boss of the company GTS in More beautiful lifeis played by the American actor Matt Mella. But in 2021, viewers were surprised to see the character again with a new face, that of Samuel Brafman. Yet another casting change, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which did not please the public.
Son of Blanche Marci (Cecilia Hornus) and Frank Ruiz (Jean-Charles Chagachbanian), Noah is born in the fourth season of More beautiful life. Several infants and toddlers play him alternately (Sacha Beregopian, Ange and Noah Heredia, then Baptiste and Johan Krempff) until 2007, when he is interpreted by Eliot de Faria. Finally, for season 17, the production decides to grow the character and mark his entry into high school by choosing a new actor, Florian Lesieurthen 17 years old and still unknown to the general public.
In 2020, the Fedala clan is at the center of an intrigue during which Elsa (Caroline Bourg) must support his nephews, Nisma and Bilal, following the death of his brother. These are respectively interpreted by Ella Philippe and Zakaria El Baialy. When the young actor decides to leave the series, his role falls to Kjel Bennett.