Sanditon may have risen from the dead this week, but when the romantic drama — based on Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel — returns to PBS, it’ll do so without one of its leading men.
Theo James, who portrayed Sidney Parker in the eight-part, ITV-produced series, will not return for the upcoming second and third seasons.
“Although I relished playing Sidney, for me, I’ve always maintained that his journey concluded as I wanted it to,” James wrote in an announcement posted to the show’s social media accounts on Friday. “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 of Sanditon every success with future series.”
See James’ full statement below:
#SanditonPBS will return w/ seasons 2 & 3 and continue Charlotte’s journey through life & love. While Sidney Parker will not return, rest assured that an abundance of romance & adventure lies ahead for the Sanditon heroine. We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store… 💕 pic.twitter.com/8ioma0RbwF
— MASTERPIECE | PBS (@masterpiecepbs) May 7, 2021
Prior to news of James’ exit, PBS confirmed that Rose Williams is set to return as Charlotte Heywood. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. Sanditon originally aired in the UK in 2019, eventually making its way Stateside in 2020 via PBS’ Masterpiece series.
Sanditon‘s Season 1 cast also included Kate Ashfield as Mary Parker, Crystal Clarke as Georgiana Lambe, Turlough Convery as Arthur Parker, Jack Fox as Sir Edward Denham, Kris Marshall as Tom Parker, Matthew Needham as Mr. Crowe, Anne Reid as Lady Denham, Alexandra Roach as Diana Parker, Lily Sacofsky as Clara Brereton, Charlotte Spencer as Esther Denham, Mark Stanley as Lord Babington and Leo Suter as James Stringer.
Are you disappointed to hear that James won’t be back as Sidney, or do you agree that the character’s story ended in a “unique” and satisfying way? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.