Bridgerton star Sabrina Bartlett cast as lead in new ITV series The Larkins

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

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ITV has announced further casting for The Larkins, its new adaptation of The Darling Buds of May, and would you believe that one of the newly-cast actors is a Bridgerton star?

The Netflix series became everyone's obsession when it dropped on the streaming service on December 25 last year, and the stars of show are being cast in new projects left, right and centre.

Sabrina Bartlett played Siena Rossa in the Shondaland historical drama, and has also appeared in Victoria, Poldark, Doctor Who and Game of Thrones. She's been cast as Mariette Larkin, one of the six children of the working class Larkin family, led by Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan's Pop and Ma.

Photo credit: Michael Shelford
Photo credit: Michael Shelford

Meanwhile, up-and-comer Tok Stephen, who has popped up in Grantchester and Holby City, has been cast as Cedric 'Charley' Charlton.

An accountant from the city, Charley arrives in sunny 1950s Kent to investigate the family's perhaps slightly dodgy tax affairs, and slowly finds himself drawn to both the country lifestyle, and Mariette herself.

Photo credit: Michael Shelford
Photo credit: Michael Shelford

In a press release, both Sabrina and Tok said they were excited to join the show, with the former hoping that it will provide some much-needed "escapism" and "heart-warming" stories to viewers.

"I am really REALLY excited to be taking on the role of Mariette Larkin in this new adaption of H E Bates novels. I can’t wait to bring these heart-warming stories to life alongside such a wonderful team. It’s just the perfect dose of escapism we all need right now," Sabrina said.

Tok added: "I am thrilled to be cast as Charley in such a beloved and wonderful show. I can't wait to work alongside Joanna, Bradley and Sabrina. I'm incredibly excited. I hope we can impress fans of the original novels with our version."

The six-part comedy drama series has been adapted from H E Bates' novel by The Durrell's Simon Nye, while Bradley Walsh serves as one of the executive producers. It currently doesn't have a release date.

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