‘Riviera’ is an Irish TV drama which airs on Sky Atlantic and first premiered on June 15, 2017. It has been created by Neil Jordan of ‘The Borgias‘ fame and co-written by Jordan and John Banville. The show is immensely popular and has become one of Sky’s most successful original series. Directed by Philipp Kadelbach, the show premiered across the pond, in the US on February 9, 2019 on Ovation.
The show is about a woman who finds that her family’s apparent lavish lifestyle has been funded by blood and takes it upon herself to protect her loved ones, and of course, her own self, from the possible consequences of her family’s actions. While fans have been drawn to the show due to the flashy lifestyles of the characters and the imminent wealth exuded, critics have not taken too kindly to it, stating that the series might be lavish, but severely lacks charm, humor, personality, and most importantly, a soul. They did not hesitate to call it out in some places as being vulgar, shallow, and boring. While this might have spelled doom for any other series, ‘Riviera’ still continues to draw crowds who are intrigued by how the wealthy behave, and how often they exude the worst in society.
Riviera Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Riviera’ includes Julia Stiles who is seen as Georgina Marjorie Clios. She is an American art curator who wishes to expose the truth about her husband’s demise. Lena Olin plays the role of Irina Atman. She is Constantine Clios’ ex-wife. Iwan Rheon, who is best known for playing Ramsay Bolton on ‘Game of Thrones‘, is seen in the portraying Adam Clios. He is Constantine and Irina’s eldest son; he discards his family’s spendthrift standard of living and desires to be a writer instead.
Adrian Lester appears in the show as Robert Carver. He is Georgina’s old comrade and an art merchant who puts counterfeit and stolen artwork on the market. Anthony LaPaglia is seen on the show as Constantine Clios. He is Georgina’s billionaire humanitarian husband who dies in a yacht mishap. Phil Davis appears as Jukes. He is a British fine art con examiner who works as an employee in the Serious Financial Crime Agency of Interpol.
Dimitri Leonidas is seen as Christos Clios. He is Constantine and Irina’s second son who becomes the in charge of the Clios trading business and his entire empire after his father’s passing away. Roxane Duran also appears on the show, as Adriana Clios. She is Constantine and Irina’s distressed and troubled youngest child. Amr Waked plays Karim Delormes. He is an inspector in the Nice police force. Igal Naor is cast as Jakob Negrescu. He is Constantine’s ex-head of security who has associated with drugs, prostitution, and gambling. There are several other supporting characters who add a degree of richness to this lifestyle in the Riviera.
Some new faces also joined the show in season 2. Will Arnett of ‘Arrested Development‘ fame appears as Jeff, Georgina’s charismatic uncle. Stiles spoke about this new character saying he is “someone who sees through her armor. Will is perfectly cast as her mysterious and yet charming Uncle and I am excited to explore how far Georgina will go to protect her new life”.