The first new cast member for the highly anticipated return of Netflix’s Hearstopper season three has been announced.

In a tweet, Netflix has cheerfully announced: “Excited to officially welcome Darragh Hand to the Heartstopper family for S3. Our Michael Holden has arrived!”

Acclaimed creator and writer of the series Alice Oseman further bolstered the announcement on Instagram, writing: “Now some of you already figured this out, but for those who didn’t, we’re thrilled to be welcoming Darragh Hand as Michael Holden to the Heartstopper family for S3!

“As well as appearing in the Heartstopper graphic novels, Michael – along with Tori – is one of the main characters of my first ever novel, ‘Solitaire’. So I was very nervous and excited to begin the search for our Michael! Michael is a quirky, eccentric optimist with a sunshine disposition, and it was a challenge to find someone who I felt truly channelled Michael from the books.

“But then Darragh came along and warmed our hearts, made us all laugh so much, and perfectly complimented Jenny Walser’s Tori Spring. I can’t wait for you to meet Michael in season 3!”



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Production on the new season of Heartstopper was confirmed on 2 October, however a release date has yet to be finalised.

The season three cast in its entirety 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.

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.

Heartstopper season two received universal critical acclaim upon release, with praise aimed at the show’s handling of sensitive topics 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.”