Theo James, who portrayed Sidney on PBS ‘ Sanditon, announced that he was leaving the series after the surprise renewal of two seasons of the British drama.
James revealed the news on social media on Friday.
“Although I enjoyed playing Sidney, for me, I have always maintained that his journey ended the way I wanted it to,” he wrote in the announcement on the show’s official Twitter account. “The broken fairy tale as the ending between Charlotte and Sidney is different, unique and so interesting to me and I wish the cast and crew of Sanditon every success in future series.”
Sanditon was canceled by UK broadcaster ITV in 2019, but its audience success on PBS’s Masterpiece caused a reversal of cancellation and renewal for seasons 2 and 3, announced yesterday.
Rose Williams will return to play witty and independent heroine Charlotte Heywood. The series is based on the latest unfinished novel by Jane Austen and was developed by Andrew Davies.
Justin Young, who wrote four episodes of the first season, will develop the new seasons and take on the role of lead writer and executive producer. Davies, who originally created the series, will also return to write several episodes and executive products.
Sanditon is produced by Red Planet Pictures with Belinda Campbell as an executive producer alongside Susanne Simpson and Chloe Tucker of Masterpiece for ITV / BritBox.
#SanditonPBS will return with seasons 2 and 3 and continue 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 store… 💕 pic.twitter.com/8ioma0RbwF
– MASTERPIECE | PBS (@masterpiecepbs) May 7, 2021