Heartstopper Netflix is a show that premiered on April 22nd 2022. Since it’s release, it’s been gaining a huge following for it’s representation of the LGBTQIA+ community. Heartstopper is based on the graphic novel series by author Alice Oseman. We’ve gathered up everything you need to know about the cast and our thoughts on the series!
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Heartstopper – All About
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Heartstopper tells the story of Charlie Spring, a shy and soft-hearted openly gay boy at an all boys school. He’s made to sit next to rugby player Nick Nelson in class one morning and the unlikely pair develop a strong friendship. But for Charlie that develops into something more, although he thinks he doesn’t have a chance with Nick. However, Nick is struggling with feelings of his own. And as they grow closer, they come to understand the mysterious way in which love works.
The show was written by Alice Osemen and the director and executive producer is Euros Lyn.
Heartstopper – Our Review
If there’s one word to describe Heartstopper, it would be cute. With the little animations of hearts or butterflies and the awkwardness of teenage love, the show is adorable.
One major aspect of praise for this show is the representation with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters. And unlike a lot of LGBTQIA+ shows, this focuses mainly on the positives of being in a same-sex relationship in modern times. It’s a show that a lot of people wish they could’ve had when growing up because it shows several loving and healthy relationships, as well as characters coming to terms with their sexuality. Especially the portrayal of the character’s journeys with their sexualities, which was accurate and authentic.
Another thing that makes Heartstopper great is the cast. Despite the majority of them debuting with this show, they were all excellent and they had a great chemistry with each other. It’s really easy to tell that these were people who got along off-set as well as on-set. Also, it has actual teenagers playing teenagers which is often a rarity in media and is important representation. Moreover, it was obvious that the actors felt a lot for their roles and put a lot of emotion into their acting. In one emotional scene between Nick and his mother, Kit said that even during a read-through of that scene, Olivia Colman (who plays Nick’s mother) started crying.
Finally, Heartstopper stays true to its original material. Despite a few character changes and some additional scenes, the show follows the story of the comics really well. Some of the characters had more depth than they did in the graphic novels – particularly Ben shows up a lot more in the show than he did in the comics. And some moments were made more emotional in the show than they came across in the original material. Alice Oseman worked on the scripts for the Netflix show, which is probably why it captured the graphic novels so well.
So, despite the fact that it may seem like a show for teenagers, Heartstopper is a feel-good series that is perfect for all ages to enjoy. With only 8 half-an-hour episodes, Heartstopper is a quick and easy watch.
Heartstopper – The Cast
Joe Locke (Charlie Spring)
Charlie Spring is Joe’s debut television role. He was chosen out of 10,000 other potential actors that were up for the role through an open casting call. Joe really wanted the role of Charlie because he saw a lot of himself in the character. Joe was born on the Isle of Man. He is currently studying for his A Level exams – politics, history and English.
Kit Connor (Nick Nelson)
Before his role in Heartstopper, Kit had starred in other notable series and films. He played young Elton John in Rocketman and is the voice of Pantalaimon in His Dark Materials. Kit had actually auditioned for the role of Charlie, but instead ended up as Nick. Like Joe, Kit is also studying for his A Level exams – drama, English literature and history.
William Gao (Tao Xu)
Will – like Kit – grew up in Croydon. Tao was his debut on-screen role. But he’s been apart of the band Wasia Project with his sister since 2019. And he first began acting in theater productions. He has been a part of the National Youth Theater also since 2019.
Will plays Tao, who is Charlie’s overprotective best friend. Tao is initially very distrustful towards Nick. And he often turns to Elle and Isaac for help convincing Charlie to give up on his crush for Nick.
Yasmin Finney (Elle Argent)
Yasmin initially gained attention through TikTok about her experiences as a Trans woman growing up in Manchester. She was cast in Billy Porter’s film What If? but had to pull out due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Yasmin has said that she relates a lot to her character Elle.
Following Elle’s transition, she transferred from the Truham Grammar School for Boys to the Harvey Greene Grammar School for Girls. Whilst being in a new school and struggling to make friends, Elle also has to deal with her blossoming feelings for her best friend Tao.
Corrina Brown (Tara Jones)
Corrina began her career as an actress in 2012, debuting in the film My Murder. She is a proficient dancer, performer and singer. As well as this, she is said to be a trained aerialist, stilts performer, and fight performer.
Tara is introduced as a potential love interest for Nick, since they kissed once at a party when they were young. However, Tara has absolutely no interest in Nick and Nick has no interest in Tara, despite the fact that everyone expects them to get together.
Kizzy Edgell (Darcy Olsson)
Like much of the cast, Heartstopper is Kizzy’s on-screen debut. They are non-binary.
Darcy is extremely chaotic and extroverted, loving to make the people around her laugh, especially her best friend Tara. Darcy is out as a lesbian and is extremely confident with herself.
Sebastian Croft (Ben Hope)
Sebastian – or Bash – began his career as a child actor on stage. He made his on-screen debut in Game of Thrones as young Ned Stark. Bash also starred in: Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans as Atti and Love, Death & Robots as Fletcher in the episode “Ice”. On top of this, he has made appearances in Penny Dreadful and Doom Patrol. And unlike most of the cast who tend to relate to their roles, Bash (understandably) hates his character Ben.
Ben was initially dating Charlie. However, his fear of being outed made him cruel and nasty towards Charlie.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Heartstopper coming to Netflix us?
Yes, Heartstopper is available on Netflix in the US, the release date was April 22 2022.
Is there a Heartstopper TV show?
Yes, the Heartstopper TV Show has just been released on Netflix. It premiered on April 22 2022 and it is based on the comic books series by Alice Oseman.
Is there season 2 of Heartstopper?
There has been no official announcement of a season 2 as yet. But as the first season has proved so successful and because there are four volumes in the comic book series from Alice Oseman hopefully Netflix will confirm a season 2 sometime soon. Watch this space as we will keep you updated!
What app is Heartstopper on?
Heartstopper is available to stream on Netflix.
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