The Sanditon cast in real life: See Rose Williams, Kris Marshall & more

They look different out of costume, don’t they?

Sanditon is back on ITV for season two - and we couldn’t be more excited! Based on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, the series depicts a developing Regency seaside town at the forefront of the great social and economic changes of the 19th century.

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Following Charlotte Heywood, who is introduced to the Parker Family following a carriage accident, it’s a classic period drama suitably laced with romance and scandal and, of course, plenty of gorgeous bachelors. See the cast in real-life here…

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Charlotte Heywood played by Rose Williams

Rose Williams has been slated as one of the UK’s most up-and-coming actresses. Born in Ealing, London, in 1994, she was first introduced to acting through her mum who works as a costume designer. Sanditon marks her first major role but she has previously starred in the likes of Casualty, Reign, A Quiet Passion and opposite Seth Green and Macaulay Culkin in Changeland. Talking about what attracted her to the role of Charlotte, Rose said: “I love a love story, and this is gorgeous romance. All in all, it's an absolute dream role." 

Sidney Parker played by Theo James 

Theo James might not be in season two, but we couldn’t very well leave our Sidney Parker himself, could we?! His breakthrough role came in 2014 when he was cast in the role of Tobias 'Four; Eaton in Divergent opposite Shailene Woodley. Since, he’s become a Hugo Boss ambassador, most recently starred in The Time Traveler's Wife. In August 2018, he married his long-term girlfriend, Ruth Kearney, in London. 

Miss Lambe played by Crystal Clarke

Crystal Clarke plays the wilful and headstrong heiress Miss Lambe perfectly. Born and raised in New Jersey, she moved to Scotland to study acting in Glasgow and her small screen debut came in 2018 with her role in the BBC’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Ordeal of Innocence. She also played a part in Star Wars: The Last JediStar Wars: The Force Awakens and Black Mirror.

Previously speaking to Grazia about diversity on screen, Crystal said: “There’s been this terrible habit of erasing black people from Britain’s history, which is just ridiculous. I’m not sure the media understands how much power they have in teaching people what their history is: people might watch drama after drama and not see a black person and assume there were ‘no’ black people at that time, which is so not true.”

Edward Denham played by Jack Fox

Jack Fox comes from a well known acting family. His father is James Fox, who starred in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes, and his cousin is Emilia Fox. His brother, Lawrence was also married to Billie Piper until 2016. Prior to playing the handsome but manipulative gold digger, Edward, in Sanditon, he starred in the likes of Riviera, Fresh Meat and the critically acclaimed stage production of Dear Lupin.  

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Mary Parker played by Kate Ashfield

Kate Ashfield, who plays Tom Parker’s supportive wife, Mary, is both a TV and film actress. She starred in 2004’s Shaun of the Dead and has had roles in Midsomer Murders and Poirot. Born in Birmingham, she lives in London today. 

Lady Denham played by Anne Reid 

Anne Reid plays the vastly wealthy Lady Denham who owns the staggering Sanditon House estate that many have their eye on. Known for her varied career in British television, Anne played the role of Valerie Barlow on Coronation Street for a decade until 1971 but is perhaps best known for her BAFTA-nominated role as Celia Dawson in Last Tango in Halifax. She is the mum of two children but she tends to keep her private life private.

Tom Parker played by Kris Marshall 

Kris Marshall has had so many amazing roles over the years. Since bursting onto screens in the early Noughties, the actor has played the charming but hopelessly silly Colin in Love Actually, the hilarious Nick in My Family, the lead detective Humprey in Death in Paradise and now the warm and generous, Tom Parker, who is the principal architect and financier for Sanditon as it develops into a seaside resort. The father of a son and daughter, today he lives with his wife, Hannah Dodkins, in Bath. 

Esther Denham played by Charlotte Spencer 

Born in 1991 in Essex, Charlotte Spencer previously said of her childhood: "I come from a working-class background; my dad’s a builder and my mum works in a school". Today a rising star before being cast as the straight-talking Esther, she had a small role in Les Misérables in 2011 and Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp in 2012. A passion for costume dramas, after starring as Charlotte Appelby in BBC1’s The Living and the Dead in 2016, she said: "since I was a child, I’ve always wanted to do a period drama". 

Alison Heywood played by Rosie Graham

Outlander star Alison has joined season two as Charlotte’s hopeless romantic sister, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for her!

Colonel Francis Lennox played by Tom Weston-Jones

Move aside Sidney! Colonel Francis is one of Charlotte’s new suitors, and we think the Shadow and Bone actor is well up to the task!

Alexander Colbourne played by Ben Lloyd-Hughes

Industry star Ben also joins the cast as Alexander Colbourne, another love interest for Charlotte. He has previously starred in Me Before You, The King’s Daughter and Divergent. Just so we have at least one Divergent star in the show at all times!

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