The Serpent cast: Who is Fabien Frankel? Meet the Dominique star from The Serpent
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Dominique Renelleau was a victim of Charles Sobhraj (played by Tahar Rahim) who escaped his grasp with the help of neighbours, Nadine (Mathilde Warnier) and Remi Gires (Grégoire Isvarine). The third episode of The Serpent had viewers on the edge of their seats as they waited to see if Dominique would escape Thailand alive. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about Dominique and the actor, Fabien Frankel, who plays him.
Who is Fabien Frankel?
Fabien Frankel is an up-and-coming English actor from London.
He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, graduating in 2017.
Viewers will most likely recognise Frankel from his role as Fabien in the 2019 film Last Christmas, where he starred alongside Henry Golding and Emilia Clarke.
He also appeared as Theo Sipowicz in the TV revival of NYPD Blue as Theo Sipowicz, the son of Blue‘s iconic cop Andy Sipowicz, played by Dennis Franz.
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Frankel will star in the upcoming indie film Venice at Dawn as Dixon.
In Venice at Dawn, he will star alongside Greta Bellamacina and Tanya Burr.
It was recently announced Frankel will be part of the FX limited series about the Sex Pistols.
The upcoming six-part series is based on Steve Jones’ 2018 memoir “Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol” and will be directed by Academy Award-winning director, Danny Boyle.
Fabien will play the role of Glen Matlock, starring alongside Derry Girls, Dylan Llewellyn as Wally Nightingale and Game of Thrones legend Maisie Williams as punk icon Jordan.
Other cast members include Toby Wallace as Steve Jones, Anson Boon as John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater as Paul Cook and Sydney Chandler as Chrissie Hynde and Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen.
Frankel is also the son of the late English actor, Mark Frankel, and Caroline Frankel.
In The Serpent, Frankel portrays young french traveller when he met Alain in Thailand.
Dominique had been drugged by Charles Sobhraj and taken back to his apartment in Bangkok, Thailand.
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At the time, the real Dominique believed he was suffering from dysentery and was even given an apartment by Sobhraj but in reality, he was being held captive.
In The Serpent, Dominique witnessed lifeless bodies being dragged from the apartment building and eventually matched the passports found in Sobhraj’s safe to deceased travellers.
He also noticed many items in the apartment belonged to missing travellers.
Neighbours Nadine and Remi purchased him an aeroplane ticket and helped him to reconstruct his own passport, which had been used illegally by Sobhraj.
Thankfully, Dominique was able to escape the clutches of Alain and a safe return to France.
During Monique, Alain and Ajay Chowdhury’s (Amesh Edireweera) Christmas trip to Nepal, Dominique was able to enlist the help of neighbours Nadine (Mathilde Warner) and Remi Gires (Grégoire Isvarine) who helped him escape.
Dominique has lived a private life and very little is known about him.
At the end of The Serpent, it is revealed the real Dominique Renelleau lives in France today.
He is married with grown-up children and remains a keen traveller.
Fans have been taking to Twitter to praise Frankel’s performance as Dominique.
One viewer tweeted: “I have watched the Serpent and agree it’s terrifying. The guy who played Dominique was really good.
“The psychological damage he caused to the victim was terrible. The victims were so trusting. The serpent himself is still alive in prison.”
A second viewer said: “I would like to see a lot more of the excellent young actor playing Dominique in The Serpent.”
A third viewer added: “This was the most stressful episode my gosh my heart. I need to see Fabien Frankel in more!!!”
The Serpent is streaming on the BBC iPlayer now and airs every Sunday at 9pm on BBC One
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