The cast for the second season of Sanditon has been announced, and we can expect familiar faces and some exciting new ones too.
The new series, based on Jane Austen's final novel, will follow Rose Williams as impulsive protagonist Charlotte Heywood, as she returns to the picturesque coastal resort of Sanditon to pursue love and adventure.
Kris Marshall is returning as Tom Parker, Anne Reid is back as Lady Denham, Turlough Convery as Arthur Parker, Jack Fox as Sir Edward Denham, Kate Ashfield as Mary Parker, Crystal Clarke as Miss Lambe and Lily Sacofsky as Clara Brereton.
New cast include this series include Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Alexander Colbourne, a mysterious resident with a complex family history, who is in stark contrast to self-assured war hero Tom Weston-Jones' Colonel Francis Lennox, his rival for Charlotte’s affections.
We'll also meet Charlotte's spirited younger sister Rosie, played by Outlander star Alison Heywood, who comes to Sanditon to pursue her own romantic dream.
Andrew Davies is back to write the screenplay, and he will be joined by Justin Young.
Sanditon season 2: When will it be released?
Filming for Sanditon 2 is officially underway - but there's no official air date yet but BritBox says it will be arriving in 2022. It will air a little later on ITV.
Sanditon season 2: What will it be about?
The period drama will pick up the action nine months after the heartbreaking finale, with Charlotte returning to the beautiful seaside resort and attracting the attention of not one, but two new men.
And, in her last summer season before turning 21, Georgiana Lambe (Crystal Clarke), keen to forge her own identity, gets up to mischief in the name of love…but will she run the risk of being lonelier than ever before? Meanwhile, the Army arrives to make Sanditon their new base and with them bring potential new romances, friendships and challenges for the residents.
Here's the official synopsis: "The drama will continue to follow the high-spirited and independent heroine, Charlotte Heywood (Williams) as she returns to the picturesque coastal resort of Sanditon. Charlotte's journey is one thread of an intricate tapestry of compelling stories full of intrigue, excitement, and romance. Against the backdrop of beautiful vistas, familiar faces return and new inhabitants are introduced – all of whom will be having adventures as joyous and surprising as the seaside town itself."
Sanditon season 2: The cast
Rose Williams will be returning as heroine Charlotte Heywood, and she will be joined by original cast members Kris Marshall (Tom Parker), Anne Reid (Lady Denham), Turlough Convery (Arthur Parker), Jack Fox (Sir Edward Denham), Kate Ashfield (Mary Parker), Crystal Clarke (Miss Lambe) and Lily Sacofsky (Clara Brereton).
New cast members include Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Alexander Colbourne, and Tom Weston-Jones as Colonel Francis Lennox - two very different men vying for Charlotte's affection.
Outlander's Alison Heywood will play Charlotte's younger sister Rosie, Normal People's Frank Blake is Captain Declan Fraser, a courageous character (if a little rough around the edges), and Alexander Vlahos takes on the striking and flamboyant Charles Lockhart, a Byronic artist who arrives to paint portraits of Sanditon's fashionable and wealthy residents.
It was recently confirmed that Theo James won't be returning as Charlotte's love interest - having rejected her in the devastating finale.
"Although I relished playing Sidney, for me, I’ve always maintained that his journey concluded as I wanted it to,” James said in a statement. "The broken fairy-tale like ending between Charlotte and Sidney is different, unique and so interesting to me and I wish the cast and crew every success with future series."
Sanditon was brought back due to popular demand after ITV originally announced that it would not be returning for another season. It has since been commissioned for a third series.
Sanditon season 2 will be released on BritBox and ITV.
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