Sanditon may have risen from the dead this week, but when the romantic drama – based on Jane Austen’s last unfinished novel – returns to PBS, it will do so without one of its leading men.
Theo James, who portrayed Sidney Parker in the eight-part ITV-produced series, will not return in the upcoming second and third seasons.
“While I enjoyed playing Sidney, I’ve always claimed that his journey ended the way I wanted it to,” James wrote in an announcement posted on the show’s social media accounts on Friday. “The broken fairytale ending between Charlotte and Sidney is different, unique and so interesting to me, and I wish the Sanditon cast and crew every success with future series.”
See James’ full statement below:
#SanditonPBS will return with seasons 2 and 3, continuing Charlotte’s journey through life and love. While Sidney Parker won’t be returning, rest assured that an abundance of romance and adventure awaits the Sanditon heroine. We can’t wait for you to see what we have in stock … 💕 pic.twitter.com/8ioma0RbwF
– MASTERPIECE | PBS (@masterpiecepbs) May 7, 2021
Prior to the news of James’ exit, PBS confirmed that Rose Williams will return as Charlotte Heywood. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. Sanditon originally aired in the UK in 2019 and eventually made its way to Stateside via PBS’s Masterpiece series in 2020.
Sanditon’s cast of the first season 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? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.