Meet the cast

Fedya Dolokhov
Anatole Kuragin
Anna Pavlovna
Prince Vassily Kuragin
Helene Kuragina
Pierre Bezukhov
Natasha Rostova
Andrei Bolkonsky
Nikolai Rostov
Sonya Rostova
Marya Bolkonskaya
Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky
Count Ilya Rostov
Countess Rostova

Lily James

Natasha Rostova

Natasha is a breath of fresh air and laughter who knows instinctively that life is for living. As the beloved only daughter of Count and Countess Rostov, she has been raised in Moscow with all the love of a close family. Now, though, she is growing into a spirited teenager. When she sees romance blossoming between Nikolai and Sonya, she knows at once she must experience it for herself.

Paul Dano

Pierre Bezukhov

Pierre is an outcast. The awkward, illegitimate son of a dazzlingly wealthy Count, he was educated abroad but returns to Russia now his father’s health is in decline. Polite society shuns him for his hero-worship of Napoleon and enthusiasm for the politics of revolution. But his blundering sincerity charms Andrei, his truest friend; and Natasha, who delights in his presence.

James Norton

Andrei Bolkonsky

Prince Andrei is a brilliant young man from a noble family. His beautiful wife, Lise, is pregnant with their first child. Yet he despises the silly, shallow world of St Petersburg society. When war breaks out, he enlists as an adjutant on General Kutuzov’s staff and leaves his wife at his fierce father’s remote country estate. For Andrei, it’s the chance he has been waiting for to find glory and purpose.

Episode Six

Episode Six

War and ultimate sacrifice

Chaos takes hold as Napoleon marches into Moscow and the Rostovs rush to leave the city. As they hurry away, Natasha is astonished to learn the identity of one of her travelling companions and finds she at last has a chance to make amends. Sonya, meanwhile, comes under pressure from the countess to make a great sacrifice for her family. Half-mad after his experience of battle, Pierre sets out to end Napoleon's onslaught once and for all, but is taken prisoner. As the harsh winter sets in, he witnesses horrors and acts of kindness that change his view of life forever.

War & Peace

Friends Reunited, Loves Lost

Spoilers below.

With the end of chaos in Moscow and Napoleon’s exit from Russia, we look back at what happened to our favourite, and not so favourite, characters in War & Peace.

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Writer

Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies is a welsh writer of screenplays and novels, best known for his adaptions of classic works of literature for television. He has had a career writing for the screen, with his most iconic work including Pride and Prejudice (1995) and Sense and Sensibility (2008). Andrew Davies was presented with a BAFTA fellowship in 2002, marking his lifetime achievements in writing.

Director

Tom Harper

Tom Harper is a BAFTA nominated director of film and television, well-known for his work on titles such as Peaky Blinders (2013) and The Scouting Book for Boys (2010). In 2006 Harper was nominated for a BAFTA in the Best Short Film Category, for his film Cubs (2006) which he directed and wrote. In that same year he won a BIFA for Best British short for his film Cubs.

Episode Five

Episode Five

Outrage, love and revenge

Napoleon outrages the Russian Emperor by crossing the border and marching his army towards Moscow. In his path stands Prince Bolkonsky’s estate – but he isn’t prepared to let the French through without a fight. Nikolai is stationed away from the action, but he gets a chance at glory when he crosses paths with a stranger in distress. Andrei learns of Natasha’s betrayal. He cannot forgive her and resolves to take revenge on his rival. Natasha falls ill and Pierre is left to take care of her, he struggles to keep his feelings in check. He chooses to join Andrei on the eve of battle, and as the two massive armies gather, Pierre is flung into a fight to the death to save Moscow and Russia.

War & Peace

The Decision

Spoilers ahead.

Natasha and Andrei's engagement is most definitely over.

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Aneurin Barnard

Boris Drubetskoy

Boris is the only son of Anna Mikhailovna and the apple of her eye. While he winces at her schemes for his advancement, he also reaps the rewards – winning an impressive position on the Russian Tsar’s staff in the campaign against Napoleon. A distant cousin of the Rostovs, Boris has grown up around the family as a friend for Nikolai and perhaps even a suitor for Natasha.

Brian Cox

General Kutuzov

General Mikhail Kutuzov is a celebrated military leader with many decades’ experience. He has been chosen by the Tsar to lead Russia’s army against Napoleon. Kutuzov is wise and battle hardened and knows that no amount of glory is worth needlessly risking the lives of his men. An old friend of Prince Bolkonsky, he happily accepts Andrei on to his staff for the campaign in Austria.

Tom Burke

Fedya Dolokhov

Dolokhov is a wolfish young man with a dangerous glint in his eye. His family is not hugely distinguished, but he makes up for it in Anatole’s hard-living set by being the most extreme and reckless member. He can cause plenty of trouble for the people around him, but nothing seems to stick to Dolokhov himself. He makes his own luck

Episode Four

Episode Four

Love is tested

Andrei is in love, but his father is against him marrying Natasha and insists on a long engagement. Shocked when Andrei delays the wedding, Natasha distracts herself by spending time on the Rostovs’ country estate. But when the time comes to return, she finds her love for Andrei tested. Nikolai’s romance with Sonya is also under pressure; Countess Rostova wishes him to marry into wealth with a new candidate in mind. Anna Mikhailovna is on the lookout for an heiress to marry Boris, although he is more concerned to move up in society. His unwitting patron is Pierre, who is growing steadily more depressed about his failure to find meaning in his life. Marya is unhappy too, when her father’s behaviour takes a cruel turn for the worse.

Jack Lowden

Nikolai Rostov

Nikolai is the headstrong oldest son of the Rostov family. Eager to get out and see the world, he is excited to join the Russian army against the French and show he is a man. Along with the rest of the family, Nikolai has grown up with his impoverished cousin Sonya. Now they are older and falling in love, his attachment to the poor young relation is a growing concern for his mother.

Aisling Loftus

Sonya Rostova

Sonya is good-natured and endlessly patient. As a young girl with no money, she was taken in by the Rostov family and has grown up with her cousins Nikolai, Natasha and Petya. Over time, she has fallen in love with Nikolai. But she knows that without a fortune behind her she is far from Countess Rostova’s first choice to marry her son.

Episode Three

Episode Three

A dangerous path

Pierre fights a duel with Dolokhov. Astonished at the outcome, he tries to change his life for the better. Helene takes advantage of his absence to re-enter society and considers an exciting new relationship. Andrei, meanwhile, is depressed and on his father’s advice, he builds a house in the country where he shuts himself away until an unexpected encounter offers him a second chance at life.

At the Rostov house, the Count is struggling to control his spending. Natasha is surprised by the advances of an unexpected and Sonya is also faced with a proposal. Nikolai lets an untrustworthy friend lead him down a dangerous path. He looks forward to going back to the army – but when a peace treaty is signed with Napoleon , his future looks less secure.

Adrian Edmondson

Count Ilya Rostov

Count Rostov is a warm-hearted, genial man more comfortable with his family in Moscow than in glittering Petersburg society. The only thing that could be said against the Count is that he is generous to a fault: with so many people to look after and entertain, he isn’t always as careful as he could be about the family finances.

Greta Scacchi

Countess Natalya Rostova

Countess Rostova is a devoted mother to her three children Nikolai, Natasha and Petya. She wishes to see them all happy, but the Countess is more hard-headed than her husband, and understands that financial security is important too. Perhaps that’s why she is not fond of cousin Sonya – whose love for Nikolai threatens difficult choices ahead for her son.

Episode Two

Episode Two

Battle awaits them all

The Russian army is safe after a marginal success that barely keeps the French at bay. Andrei and Nikolai are both excited to tell stories of their involvement, until the sobering realisation that a more terrible battle awaits them. The Tsar, confident of victory, comes to Austria to command the troops. But Andrei’s commander General Kutuzov is concerned that Napoleon is setting a trap. Back in Russia, Natasha and her family are desperate to hear news from Nikolai. Pierre is married to Helene but struggles to settle into life together. With his daughter married, Prince Vassily’s thoughts turn to marrying off his son Anatole, so they travel to meet Andrei’s sister, Marya. Marya is tempted by the prospect of romance, but her father is less convinced of Anatole’s intentions.

War & Peace

The Challenge

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't watched episode two of War & Peace, do not read on. Spoilers below.

Pierre Bezukhov is married to Helene Kuragina and at first, everything seemed so perfect.

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Gillian Anderson

Anna Pavlovna

Anna Pavlovna is a glittering society hostess. Her salon in St Petersburg is the place to be for gossip, scandal and speculation.

Unmarried herself, Anna is much more interested in other people’s affairs. She knows everything about everybody – and is more than happy to help her friends and allies Vassily and Helene in their schemes.

Jim Broadbent

Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky

Prince Bolkonsky was one of the most celebrated army generals of his generation. But that was a long time ago – and for many years now he has shut himself away on his remote country estate of Bald Hills.

He is a demanding father to Andrei, who he wishes to see carve out a brilliant military career of his own; and his daughter Marya, who loves him but lives in terror of his sudden, nasty temper.

Episode One

Episode One

War has come to Russia

Napoleon’s French army has invaded Austria, drawing Russia into the war against him. Everyone in aristocratic Russian society is rattled – except hot-headed Pierre Bezukhov, who admires the French Emperor’s politics. Pierre’s dearest friend Prince Andrei Bolkonsky is excited for war with Napoleon, as it offers a chance to find purpose in life by fighting. But when the French unexpectedly prove their military might, Andrei is thrust into a dangerous battle. Pierre’s other great friend is Natasha Rostova – a young woman, desperate to experience more of the world. When she sees love blossom between her brother Nikolai and his childhood sweetheart Sonya, she is inspired with romantic thoughts. As the men leave to fight, Natasha and Sonya are left behind to wait and wonder if they will ever return

War & Peace

Pierre’s new role

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't watched episode one of War & Peace, do not read on. Spoilers ahead.

Pierre's life has just changed forever. Is he cut out to be Count Bezukhov?

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