Poor Nastya (Russian: Бедная Настя, Bednaya Nastya) is a Russiantelenovela originally aired from 31 October 2003 to 30 April 2004 on the STS. Based on the imperial setting of the 19th century, the series reached international success and was shown in Ukraine,China,Israel,Serbia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Greece, Bulgaria and more than twenty countries worldwide. With the budget of $11,8million, it is the most expensive Russian television project of all time. The sequel was planned, but had not been made yet.
Elena Korikova as Anna Platonova, the female protagonist. Anna is the illegitimate daughter of Prince Pyotr Mikhailovich Dolgorukiy and his servant Marfa and was hidden in the house of her father's old friend, Baron Ivan Ivanovich Korf. Baron Korf brought her up like his own daughter, much to the seeming displeasure of his son Vladimir. Anna falls in love with Vladimir's best friend Mikhail Repnin, but their relationship is constantly disturbed by Vladimir, who has also fallen for Anna. Finally, it is discovered Anna's real name is actually Anastasia Petrovna Dolgorukaya and she marries Vladimir.
Daniil Strakhov as Baron Vladimir Ivanovich Korf, the male protagonist, sometimes shown as antagonist. In the beginning, he is attracted by Princess Liza Dolgorukaya, but then becomes involved with Olga Kalinovksaya, lady-in-waiting. He has a duel with Tsarevich Alexander and is condemned to death, but later saved by the Tsarevich. Vladimir is jealous of Misha's relationship with Anna, but finally marries her.
Pyotr Krasilov as Prince Mikhail Alexandrovich Repnin, Vladimir's best friend. He falls in love with Anna, but their relationship is constantly disturbed by Vladimir, who also loves Anna. Misha eventually falls in love with Liza Dolgorukaya and marries her.
Ekaterina Klimova as Princess Natalia Alexandrovna Repnina, Misha's sister and the fiancée of Andrei Dolgorukiy. She leaves him after finding out he is the father of Tatiana's child. During the series, it is indicated Natalia has fallen in love with Prince Alexander, who has previously fallen in love with her and tried to seduce her. After Andrei is killed by accident, Natalia ends up alone, as Alexander decides to marry Princess Maria Alexandrovna.
Emmanuil Vitorgan as Prince Pyotr Mikhailovich Dolgorukiy, the husband of Maria Alexeevna and Anna's biological father, who is believed to be dead.
Olga Ostroumova as Princess Maria Alexeevna Dolgorukaya, the antagonist of the series. She is the mother of Andrei, Liza and Sonya and the wife of Anna's biological father Pyotr Ivanovich Dolgorukiy. Maria is aware of Pyotr's relationship with servant Marfa and depsises Ivan Ivanovich Korf, who helped them to hide their relationship. After Ivan Ivanovich dies, Maria Alexeevna continues a dispute with his son Vladimir.
Aleksandr Filippenko as Andrei Platonovich Zabaluev, the male antagonist. Liza is forced to marry him, but they eventually divorce.
Larisa Shakhvorostova as Marfa, the lover of Pyotr Mikhailovich Dolgorukiy and the biological mother of Anna.
Anton Makarskiy as Prince Andrei Petrovich Dolgorukiy, the son of Maria Alexeevna Dolgorukaya and the fiancée of Natalia Repnina. He, however, sleeps with his servant Tatiana and finds out she is pregnant. Andrei is accidentally killed by his mother, who wanted to kill Vladimir.
Anna Tabanina as Princess Elizabeta "Liza" Petrovna Dolgorukaya, the daughter of Maria Alexeevna Dolgorukaya. She is in love with her childhood sweetheart Vladimir, but is forced to marry and old aristocrat, Andrei Platonovich Zabaluev. The two later divorce and Liza falls in love with Misha and marries him.
Lyudmila Kurepova as Princess Sonya Petrovna Dolgorukaya, the youngest daughter of Maria Alexeevna Dolgorukaya. She has a brief romance with Nikita.
Albert Filozov as Baron Ivan Ivanovich Korf, Vladimir's father who raised Anna as his own daughter. He is poisoned by Maria Alexeevna, Zabaluev and Karl Modestovich.
Marina Kazankova as Olga Kalinovskaya, Alexander's former lover. Vladimir and Alexander organized a duel over her, but eventually became friends. Olga is sent in a monastery in Poland and later marries an old Polish aristocrat.
The sequel Poor Nastya 2 was planned, as it was noted at the end of the Poor Nastya. A promo video was shown on television and at the YouTube in 2006. However, a sequel has not been made yet. In 2006, Daniil Strakhov stated he doubted it would be made, as it is "impossible to gather all the actors after three years."