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All eight episodes of The Serpent are streaming on the BBC iPlayer and Netflix now. Mathilde Warnier stars as Nadine Gires in the series but what happened to the real Nadine and where is she now? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
What happened to Nadine?
Nadine Gires was the neighbour of Charles Sobhraj (played by Tahir Rahim) and Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman).
As seen in the series, Nadine and her husband Remi (Grégoire Isvarine) assist Herman Knippenberg (Billy Howle) and his wife Angela Knippenberg (Ellie Bamber) with their investigation into Sobhraj.
At the time, Sobhraj was posing as gem dealer Alain Gautier and Leclerc as his wife Monique.
In the series, it is revealed Nadine would introduce Alain to potential clients, some of whom would end up as his victims.
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Nadine was unaware of Alain’s murderous streak, until Dominique Renelleau (Fabien Frankel), a Frenchman Alain was holding captive in his apartment was able to tell her the truth about Alain.
Dominque revealed he had been drugged by Alain. He also admitted several young travellers had also been drugged by the Frenchman and Monique. He revealed his suspicions, believing the other travellers had been killed.
Dominique had witnessed lifeless bodies being dragged from the apartment building, matched the passports found in Alain’s safe to deceased travellers found by the police, and noticed many items in the apartment belonged to missing travellers.
Alongside her husband Remi, they helped Dominique escape by purchasing him an aeroplane ticket and helping him re-construct his own passport.
Nadine could not go to the Thai police with the information she had as Alain was working closely with a corrupt officer who could offer him protection.
Instead, she had no other option but to visit numerous embassies in the area but sadly, no one would listen to her.
When Dutch junior diplomat Herman Knippenberg (Billy Howle) began looking into the murder of two Dutch tourists, he was able to track down Nadine.
Nadine and Remi told Herman everything they knew and even risked their lives by going undercover and taking photographs of the items left behind by the travellers such as Teresa Knowlton’s (Alice Englert) green clock and other items that linked to the missing backpackers.
She also took pictures of Alain, Monique and Ajay (Amesh Edireweera) in their apartment.
After providing Herman with the evidence he needed, Alain and Monique were arrested by police, but they were eventually let go as there was a bent cop working in the ranks.
Whether these exact events happened in real life remains unknown as the series is a dramatisation of true events.
Nevertheless, Nadine and Remi played a major role in exposing Alain Gautier as Charles Sobhraj and unmasking his crimes.
The last viewers see of Nadine and Remi in the series is them packing up their flat and returning to France.
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Where is Nadine now?
Nadine Gires has lived a private life and very little is known about her.
At the end of The Serpent, it is revealed Nadine and her husband Remi returned to live in Thailand but are now divorced.
Today, she runs a beach resort in the south of Thailand.
Remi lives in the north of the country, where he grows tropical fruits to sell at markets.
French actress Mathilde Warnier, who plays Nadine in The Serpent, revealed she was in contact with the real Nadine as she prepared for the role.
Warnier said: “I talked to her over the phone before shooting and later had the chance to meet her on set.
“She is even more incredible in real life! I was intimidated by meeting her, she’s been so strong and The Serpent is the story of her life.
“I remember having my wig and Scooby-Doo style costume on, whilst she was on set and I was terribly worried about what she might think of my portrayal. I have a huge admiration for her.”
She added: “Besides the appeal of this fascinating story, I was immediately touched by the courage of Nadine.
“I couldn’t help but wonder how I would react in her position. Would I have done anything at all? Because the story of Nadine could be anyone – she was only a neighbour in the wrong place at the wrong moment. What would you do?
“It’s also very exciting for an actor to portray a character constantly evolving. It’s her coming-of-age story. A slightly brutal coming of age.
“There are two strong storylines for Nadine, both as a friend and an undercover agent.
“I couldn’t have been happier to tell her story as she was, and still is, a damn amazing woman.”
The Serpent is streaming on the BBC iPlayer now and airs Sundays at 9pm on BBC One
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