BREAKING! HEARSTOPPER! NEWS! The highly-anticipated second season has finally landed a release date.

According to a video announcement featuring the cast, the eight-episode sophomore season will arrive 3 August on Netflix.

The synopsis is as follows: “Nick and Charlie navigate their new relationship; Tara and Darcy face unforeseen challenges and Tao and Elle work out if they can ever be more than just friends. With exams on the horizon, a school trip to Paris and a prom to plan, the gang has a lot to juggle as they journey through the next stages of life, love and friendship.”

Based on the adored webcomic/graphic novel of the same name from Alice Oseman, the first season of the teen comedy-drama launched last year to overwhelming praise from both longtime fans, new viewers and critics.

Heartstopper follows the wholesome romance between high schoolers Charlie Spring (Locke) and Nick Nelson (Connor), while exploring the lives of their close-knit circle: Tao (William Gao), Elle (Yasmin Finney), Tara (Corinna Brown) and Darcy (Kizzy Edgell).

With a majority of mainstream queer shows and films still depicting tired trauma elements such as bullying, homophobia and – at times – death, Heartstopper accrued millions of dedicated fans around the world for its unwavering focus on love, joy and acceptance.

In addition, the cast were catapulted to worldwide superstardom with Locke’s involvement in the MCU series Agatha: Coven of Chaos, Connor’s upcoming horror film One of Us and Finney’s groundbreaking casting in Doctor Who.

Heartstopper’s sophomore season also sees the return of Tobie Donovan as Isaac Henderson, Jenny Walser as Tori Spring, Sebastian Croft as Ben Hope, Cormac Hyde-Corrin as Harry Greene, Rhea Norwood as Imogen Heaney, Fisayo Akinade as Mr Ajayi, Chetna Pandya as Coach Singh, Stephen Fry as the voice of Headmaster Barnes and Olivia Colman as Sarah Nelson.

Season two will introduce a plethora of new faces, such as TikTok star Bel Priestly and Ash Self as new friends of Elle. Nick’s family will be rounded out with Call My Agent!’s Thibault de Montalembert as his father, Stephane, and Jack Barton as his older brother David.

Additional cast members include Leila Khan as Higgs student Sahar Zahid, Nima Taleghani as Truham teacher Mr Farouk and Bradley Riches – who previously played a student in season one – as Truham student James McEwan.

Visit here for everything you need to know about season two and watch the announcement video here or below.