The third season of Heartstopper is officially in production!
Netflix confirmed the news on Monday (2 October) alongside a photo of creator and writer Alice Oseman on set with a clapperboard. It confirms that season three has begun shooting, and the first episode will be directed by Andy Newbery.
The release date hasn’t been confirmed, but if it follows the same pattern as the first two seasons, which respectively launched in April 2022 and August 2023, then it should premiere next year.
The season three cast is yet to be confirmed, but we’re fully expecting the main players to return. This includes Joe Locke as Charlie, Kit Connor as Nick, Yasmin Finney as Elle, William Gao as Tao, Corinna Brown as Tara, Kizzy Edgell as Darcy and Tobie Donovan as Isaac.
More star power incoming: Jenny Walser as Tori, Cormac Hyde-Corrin as Harry, Rhea Norwood as Imogen, Fisayo Akinade as Nathan, Chetna Pandya as Coach Singh, Bradley Riches as James and Olivia Colman as Nick’s mother.
Season two introduced a plethora of new characters: Jack Barton as David, Leila Khan as Sahar, Nima Taleghani as Youssef, Bel Priestly as Naomi and Ash Self as Felix. Again, we’re expecting them to all reprise their roles.
The only main cast member who won’t be back is Sebastian Croft as Ben, the toxic ex-lover of Charlie. Oseman told Netflix’s companion site Tudum that the character’s “role in Heartstopper is now complete” following his arc in season two.
Croft added that both he and Oseman “felt strongly” about the character not having redemption, with Oseman adding: “Ben can become a better person, but Charlie should not have to witness that, endorse it, or offer any forgiveness. And so he won’t.”
Heartstopper season two received universal critical acclaim upon release, with praise aimed at the show’s handling of sensitive topic such as coming out, mental health and self-harm.
In an interview with Metro, Oseman said mental health will continue to be a “big element” in season three: “We’re going to continue to look at that in a big way and explore how that affects Nick and Charlie’s relationship, and all of the other friendships in the show.
“So people who’ve read volume four will have a little bit of an idea of what is coming. I’m really excited to take the show into that new place.”
The first two seasons of Heartstopper are now streaming on Netflix.