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Sanditon season 2 adds cast members Divergent’s Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Shadow and Bone’s Tom Weston-Jones, and more

SANDITON has added six new cast members for Season 2, including Divergent actor Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Shadow and Bone actor Tom Weston-Jones.

Filming has officially begun for the new season of the recently-uncanceled and renewed series, which is based on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel of the same name.

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Sanditon season 2 added six new cast members[/caption]

The official Sanditon social media accounts shared the exciting news with its passionate fans, whose extensive show renewal campaign helped the series earn another two seasons, on Thursday.

In the caption, the accounts shared: “Filming is officially underway on Sanditon!

“Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Tom Weston-Jones, @Rosiesgraham, Frank Blake, @Maxim_Ays and @vlavla join the rest of the stellar cast at the finest seaside resort!”

Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Divergent) will play Alexander Colbourne, Tom Weston-Jones (Warrior, Shadow and Bone) is Colonel Francis Lennox, and Frank Blake (Normal People) has joined as Captain Declan Fraser.

“I am thrilled to be playing as great a part as Alexander Colbourne, especially with directors like Charle and Tosha at the helm,” Ben said in a quote share with the announcement. 

“I’ve been made to feel so welcome by Rose [Williams] and the rest of the returning cast.”

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Divergent actor Ben Lloyd-Hughes is one of the new stars[/caption]

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Tom Weston-Jones has also joined the Sanditon cast[/caption]

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Rose stars as the female lead of the drama, Charlotte Heywood, and is reprising her role in the new season, though her onscreen love interest and the male lead, Theo James, who plays Sidney Parker, is not returning.

“Although I relished playing Sidney, for me, I’ve always maintained that his journey concluded as I wanted it to,” Theo said shortly after news of Sanditon’s renewal was announced in May.

The other three actors joining the cast are Alexander Vlahos (Versailles, Outlander) as Charles Lockhart, Rosie Graham (Outlander) as Alison Heywood. and Maxim Ays as Captain William Carter.

Rosie called it a “total dream” to be part of the series, teasing that her character will become “fully immersed in all aspects of the town.”

Alison, who is lead character Charlotte’s sister, appeared in the first episode of the show and was originally played by Tessa Stephens.

The role has been recast with Rosie for Season 2, which will see the character have a bigger part of the overall story, including “bringing out” different aspects of Charlotte.

A press release also shared new details about the Season 2 plot including that it will take place nine months after the Season 1 finale.

The synopsis shared: “Charlotte returns to the beautiful seaside resort and soon attracts 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?”

Ben’s Alexander and Tom’s Colonel Lennox will be the two new men fighting for Charlotte’s affections.

The press release continued: “The Parkers are back, as Tom (Marshall) strives to rebuild Sanditon. 

“But there are many unforeseen issues awaiting him, while the secrets and lies of the dysfunctional Denhams continue to rock the foundations of the sunny seaside town.

“The Army arrives to make Sanditon their new base and with them bring potential new romances, friendships and challenges for the residents.”

Masterpiece executive producer Susanne Simpson promised: “Fans who are craving romance and escape will find them in abundance in the new season of Sanditon, with its intriguing characters and captivating storylines.”

Production on Sanditon Season 2 kicked off earlier this month with a cast table read of the premiere episode.

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Alexander Vlahos will play Charles Lockhart[/caption]

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Rosie Graham has joined as Alison Heywood[/caption]

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Maxim Ays has taken on the role of Captain William Carter[/caption]

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