‘Victoria’ and ‘The Iron Lady’ stars join ITV’s new Jane Austen adaptation

More cast members have been announced for Sandition.

Mr Selfridge creator Andrew Davies (Pride & Prejudice) has adapted Jane Austen’s unfinished final novel for ITV.

Sanditon was written only months before Austen’s death in 1817 and her final manuscript will be brought to life in eight one-hour episodes.

The new mini-series began filming in Bristol, England earlier this year.

Rose Williams (Curfew) is leading the cast as Charlotte, alongside Theo James (Downton Abbey), Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax) and Kris Marshall (Death in Paradise).

Joining them will be Leo Suter – who’ll be familiar to period drama fans from ITV’s Victoria – as Young Stringer and Alexandra Roach – who played the young Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady – as Diana Parker.

Kevin Eldon (Hot Fuzz) will be playing Mr Hankins and Adrian Scarborough (A Very English Scandal) is playing Dr Fuchs.

The cast also includes Kate Ashfield (Line of Duty) as Mary Parker, Jack Fox (Riviera) as Sir Edward Denham, Charlotte Spencer (Watership Down) as Esther Denham, Lily Sacofsky (Bancroft) as Clara Bereton, Crystal Clarke (Ordeal by Innocence) as Miss Lambe, Elizabeth Berrington (Vanity Fair) as Mrs Griffiths, Adrian Rawlins (Harry Potter) as Mr Heywood, Turlough Convery (Poldark) as Arthur Parker, Mark Stanley (Game of Thrones) as Lord Babbington, Matthew Needham (The Hollow Crown) as Mr Crowe.

Sanditon will air in late 2019 on BBC One in the UK and PBS in the USA.

The official synopsis reads: “Sanditon tells the story of the joyously impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood and her spiky relationship with the humorous, charming (and slightly wild!) Sidney Parker.

“When a chance accident transports her from her rural hometown of Willingden to the would-be coastal resort of the eponymous title, it exposes Charlotte to the intrigues and dalliances of a seaside town on the make, and the characters whose fortunes depend on its commercial success.

“The twists and turns of the plot, which takes viewers from the West Indies to the rotting alleys of London, exposes the hidden agendas of each character and sees Charlotte discover herself… and ultimately find love.”

Jane Austen’s Sanditon book is available on Amazon.