‘Sanditon’ Season 2 pics: First look at ‘Versailles’ star and more new characters

The makers of Sanditon have released a set of new pictures from the second season.

ITV’s much-loved period drama series is returning in 2022!

Despite being cancelled in 2020, the show was renewed for another two seasons earlier this year following a campaign by fans.

Based on Jane Austen’s unfinished final novelSanditon originally debuted on ITV over two years ago.

Season 2 started filming this summer and the UK launch date was announced yesterday, airing shortly after it premieres in the US.

While Theo James won’t be back as Sidney, there are going to be six new regular cast members.

Pictured above is our first look at Captain Carter, Colonel Lennox, and Captain Fraser.

Captain William Carter is played by Maxim Ays (Still So Awkward).

Described as “handsome and charming,” William will be the love interest of Charlotte’s spirited younger sister, Alison Heywood, played by Outlander actress Rosie Graham.

Tom Weston-Jones (Dickensian, Copper) plays “self-assured war hero” Colonel Francis Lennox, who’ll be Alexander Colbourne’s rival for Charlotte’s affections in Season 2.

Frank Blake (Game of ThronesBridgerton) is playing Captain Declan Fraser, “a courageous character (if a little rough around the edges).”

Here’s a shot of the aforementioned Alexander Colbourne:

A mysterious resident with a complex family history, Alexander is played by Ben Lloyd-Hughes.

The actor may be familiar from his roles in The Hour and the BBC’s 2016 adaptation of War & Peace.

Lastly we’ve got a photo of Welsh actor Alexander Vlahos as the “striking and flamboyant” Charles Lockhart.

Charles is described as “a Byronic artist who arrives to paint portraits of Sanditon’s fashionable and wealthy residents” and you can see him at work here:

Best known for his roles in Versailles and Merlin, Vlahos has described his part as “a mad hedonistic character who shakes up Sanditon.”

Sanditon returns in the US at 9/8c on Sunday 20th March 2022 on Masterpiece on PBS.

Season 2 will then premiere in the UK on Monday 21st March 2022 on BritBox.

New episodes will then debut each week in both the US and the UK.

ITV viewers in the UK will be able to watch it on television later in the year.

A third season of Sanditon is expected to arrive in 2023.

Sanditon is available on DVD on Amazon.