Kit Connor Opens Up About Coming Out & Heartstopper Season 2

Nobody causes internet hysteria quite like British actor Kit Connor. The very modern teen idol talks to Chris Godfrey about sudden fame, working out, and the return of the Netflix sensation.

Nothing could have readied Kit Connor for his newfound teen idol status. Sure, the His Dark Materials star had done his first red carpet interviews aged 10 and worked with Steven Spielberg before he’d even done his GCSEs. But the kind of exposure that came with playing a lead in Netflix’s megahit Heartstopper? “I don’t think anyone’s ever really prepared for it,” says Connor. “Suddenly you feel like there are a lot more eyes on you.”

The first season, launched in relative obscurity in April last year, transformed the up–and–comer into an immediate superstar – the kind of hot young thing who sits front row at Loewe and JW Anderson shows, whom paparazzi wait for outside industry parties and whose presence at fan meet–and–greets causes total chaos. With season two launching next month, Connor is poised for another wave of hysteria.

“It’s scary and it’s overwhelming,” he says. But if Connor is intimidated by his breakneck rise to fame he doesn’t show it today. Sitting opposite me at teatime – between a video shoot and red carpet event later – among the tropical foliage and gold–trimmed, plush furnishings of London’s The Trafalgar St James hotel bar, wearing a white henley shirt, grey jeans and Reebok trainers, the only Connor I get a glimpse of is the precocious leading man in the making. That he’s only 19 years old is almost alarming. “Yeah, I always get told people think I’m older than I am,” he replies, despite the teen–idol face. But there’s a quiet confidence there too: he nonchalantly dispenses with his publicist before we sit down and his answers come in thoughtful, considered bursts, delivered in the crisp neutral accent of a south Londoner who happened to go to an independent school. “I think because I was working from quite a young age, it meant I matured a little bit faster than I would have. So that’s helped a lot.”

Based on Alice Oseman’s YA webcomic and graphic novels of the same name, Heartstopper tells a tale of teen love between schoolboys Nick Nelson (Connor), a popular rugby player coming to terms with being bisexual, and the recently outed Charlie Spring (Joe Locke). It’s a balmy, rose–tinted exploration of sexuality (think Ted Lasso for queer teens) and was considered a rare celebratory moment for LGBTQ+ representation on–screen – the wholesome Yin to Euphoria’s gritty Yang.

By all metrics the show was a triumph. Seasons two and three were swiftly greenlit and Oseman is now believed to have sold more than six million copies of her Heartstopper books. On TikTok the #Heartstopper hashtag has more than 10 billion views, while Locke and Connor have each picked up millions of new followers on their personal Instagrams, their comments now heaving with declarations of love and lust from their army of stans.

Through it all, Connor has seemingly remained grounded, self–aware and modest, often leaning into self–deprecation – something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by his co–stars, such as Olivia Colman, his on–screen mother, who describes him as “funny and kind”. “Kit has got it all,” she tells Vogue. “Talent, humility and he’s clearly beautiful, not that that matters, but he’s beautiful on the inside too. And that’s the most impressive thing about him.”

And Connor is consistently on–message about his love for Heartstopper. I bet Netflix can’t believe their luck. “As an actor, you’re not always so lucky to be able to do a project you feel actually has an impact on people. I feel super lucky to have been able to do it,” he says. When the show first aired, fans would regularly stop him in the street, often young queer teenagers keen to tell him the show gave them the confidence to come out to their parents. “The idea that you’re having an impact on anyone’s life, especially a stranger, it’s really special.”

But it’s come with a steep learning curve. “You feel a bit watched,” he says. “I’m still in my formative years, so things I wouldn’t want to be watched doing are.” He explains it feels particularly invasive when fans dig into the lives of his family, looking them up on social media. “They didn’t sign up for it,” he says. As for his own privacy, he accepts he’ll have to work harder to maintain it. “I haven’t had a huge problem,” he says. “I think I’ve still been pretty lucky in a lot of ways.”

“Lucky” is a surprising word to hear, given his experiences last autumn. Social media was rife with speculation about Connor’s sexuality, after he was pictured holding hands with Maia Reficco, his co–star in the upcoming adaptation of YA novel A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow. Playing a bisexual teen, and frequently appearing at Pride events in his own life, some accused Connor of “queerbaiting”, a term used to describe a celebrity capitalising on speculation they’re not straight (usually for the sake of publicity). The online harassment intensified; Connor left Twitter. He planned to ignore the noise (“I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business and I’m super young”), but returned in October with a tweet: “I’m bi. Congrats for forcing an 18–year–old to out himself. I think some of you missed the point of the show. Bye.” (The tweet garnered one million likes on the platform.)

It was, obviously, not an easy period. “I’m a young man, so I’m already kind of going through certain things, in terms of just life and mental health.” His tweet was a build–up of emotion. “I just needed to let that energy out.”

Connor had been coming to terms with his sexuality since before Heartstopper. “It was just a very natural process for me; I didn’t really have an ‘oh, shit’ moment. It just became more and more evident.” Although his family were “super accepting and inclusive and wonderful”, his all–boys school was less so. “I was in a very heteronormative atmosphere,” he says, hesitating slightly. “It wasn’t hugely inclusive. It wasn’t really accepted in a lot of ways.”

Internally, he was conscious of the narrative around those who are bisexual. “It’s the experience of maybe you’re too straight to be gay and you’re too gay to be straight. So it’s like, ‘Where do I sit?’ But I feel much more secure in myself now.” Regardless, it didn’t make dealing with overzealous fans any easier. “I just felt like it wasn’t something I was ready to talk about,” he says. “I wasn’t angry. I was just slightly disappointed by this reaction.”

It’s indicative of how outing stories have come full circle: whereas once stars such as George Michael were outed by tabloids to shame them for being gay, here fans of Heartstopper were trying to out Connor for seemingly not being gay enough. Why does he think they thought it was OK to pressure him into revealing his sexuality?

“I think there’s almost a feeling that because I’d been in the industry for a little while, there was almost this understanding that it’s like, ‘Oh, well, he can take it.'”

And did he ultimately feel forced into it as a result? “I think ‘forced’ isn’t the right word I would use, but I would say that I would have preferred to do it another way,” he says. “I also don’t know if I would have ever done it. But at the end of the day I don’t regret it. In many ways it was really empowering.”

Connor is always careful to caveat his concerns about celebrity life with a recognition of the privileges it affords. As a child, raised in Croydon by parents who work in advertising, he longed for the sort of fame that gets you stopped in the street.

Wanting to become a film star, he’d dress up as James Bond in videos he’d make with his older brother and sister. And so, when the opportunity to star in a Sainsbury’s advert came up, Connor insisted he do it, despite his parents’ reluctance (it was long, boring work, apparently). “Thank God they let me, because here I am.” His first feature film followed soon after – the 2014 British Christmas comedy Get Santa – then came roles in Ready Player One and Rocketman, in which he played the young Elton John. Connor remained in school throughout. When Heartstopper came out, “I was completely and utterly prepared to be on the receiving end of some unpleasant jokes,” he says. “But it was really quite positive. People would be like, ‘I really love the show. I thought you were really good in it.’ I was thinking, ‘Wow, that’s really a good sign.'”

Was he like his character at school: outgoing, sporty and popular? “I was never nearly as popular as Nick was, I think. Nick is super socially comfortable and I can get quite sort of socially inept. Not socially inept, but, like, awkward,” he says. “I am a bit introverted and generally like to keep myself to myself.”

He feels working in film “stunted” him socially because he couldn’t hang out with friends as much. In Heartstopper he found the perfect remedy. “We kind of forgot people were going to watch it. It was really just this beautiful experience of being able to make the show we really enjoy, and make friends and create a family.” Other highlights include working alongside Colman, who he describes as not normal, both as an actor (“Effortlessly, unbelievably talented. Lucky her!”) and a person. “Normal people do not make you feel comfortable so quick and she will just immediately put you at ease. It really is impressive.”

Away from work, Connor loves watching the NBA and writing. “I’m really awful at poetry, but sometimes do that.” He’s always been interested in fashion, namechecking James Dean, Marlon Brando and Paul Newman as his style inspiration (although he’s also prepared to “switch up and make it a lot younger”, which to him means Carhartt WIP. One of its jackets, his go–to, is neatly folded on the seat next to him as we chat). He is also big on the gym. In March, fitness model and YouTuber Nathaniel Massiah shared a photo of them working out together, with Connor looking especially buff – a surprise for those used to the wholesome, fresh–faced teen (albeit a rugby–playing one). The internet’s reaction was predictably thirsty.

“Firstly, I don’t actually look like that!” he says. “It wasn’t photoshopped, but it’s perfect lighting, with a pump from the gym. That’s, like, the best I will ever look.” It’s also a myth, he says, that the bulk–up came post Heartstopper – there just weren’t any topless pictures out there. “I used to be super, super self–conscious about my body. But for now, at the moment, I’m pretty comfortable in myself, in the sense I don’t really care about how it looks anymore.”

His ambitions now are as you’d expect from a young actor with rapidly rising stock: move out of his parents’ house, avoid complacency, improve, “make my mark” and take on roles that stretch him. Next up, though, is a return to playing Nick Nelson for the second season of Heartstopper. Connor still loves the role, but at the same time, “I’m conscious of the fact I don’t want people to go and watch everything I’m ever in now and go, ‘Oh, it’s Nick from Heartstopper.’ I also don’t want to be labelled as anything, as a heart–throb or as the queer actor or as this or that. I want to be labelled as an actor who can do different things.”

Even if it does take a while to shake his breakout role, Connor couldn’t have asked for a more timely one. “I can’t put into words how grateful I am for Heartstopper, in the way it’s affected my life, my career, my perception of myself and my general mindset.”

So it was a formative experience? “Oh, absolutely,” he says, without skipping a beat. “It has gained me some of the best friends I’ve ever had. It gave me a lot more confidence and pride in myself.”


Kit Connor & Joe Locke Explain What Made Heartstopper’s Milkshakes Disgusting

Few things tap into the nostalgia of our wistful youth like the budding flowers of first love. This factor is what makes a series like “Heartstopper” so powerful and life–affirming, as these types of stories show that no matter how lost you feel as a teenager or young adult, there’s someone out there who can love you for who you are.

Based on the web comic by Alice Oseman, which eventually grew to be a graphic novel as well, Netflix’s adaptation charts all of the awkwardness and tenderness of first love while navigating the complexity of friendships and relationships. One scene from “Heartstopper” that taps into these feelings so directly is the triple date that Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) join their friends for.

However, while those milkshakes might have looked good on screen, Locke and Connor assured British GQ that this was not the case. Though the duo enjoyed shooting the scene, as it had many of the cast members working together for the day, they clearly had deep trauma from how bad those milkshakes tasted in reality. “I see that milkshake; I can just instantly feel a little bit sick,” said Locke while rewatching the scene with Connor.

For his part, Kit Connor agreed so quickly that he practically cut Joe Locke off. “I’m gonna say, these milkshakes were the most disgusting things I’ve ever, ever, ever had,” he emphasized. “The first one was okay. They refilled it each time for continuity with water,” Connor went on to explain.

While leftover milkshake residue mixed with water definitely doesn’t sound very appetizing to sip on for one take after another, the “Heartstopper” actors partially blamed themselves for their own torture. “And I think we all made the novice mistake,” Locke continued. “The classic actor’s mistake of drinking loads in the first take. Which then means that you have to drink loads in every take.”

Whether using spit buckets for eating and drinking scenes or special herbal cigarettes for smoking scenes, there’s no shortage of ways that Hollywood tricks viewers into thinking that actors are genuinely doing what they’re supposed to be doing in a shot. However, as Locke and Connor noted, this is often a very unpleasant process.

Still, if you watch the scene in question, regardless of which take it is, all six actors seem to be enjoying themselves. If the milkshakes really are as awful as the stars say, then that’s a mighty fine testament to their performances, as the scene itself comes across as a shot of pure joy. Either way, with the show already confirmed for a second season, fans can expect more of “Heartstopper” on their Netflix feeds for years to come.


How Does Kit Connor Make Easy Classics Look this Good?
April 21

A lot of Serious Men will often tell you that wearing black and brown is a big no–no in the world of menswear. Kit Connor is not one of them. Where some refuse to see brown shoes as a running mate for black slacks, the Hearstopper star gives the old ways the middle finger and proves that, once and for all, that this diktat is dead and buried and never coming back.

Last night the 19–year–old actor attended a Tag Heuer event (hosted by Ryan Gosling, so it was all kinda majestic) in London. Connor decided to wear a combo of British–Asian designers Qasimi and Feng Chen Wang, and, together, his fit was a glaringly obvious dismissal of Old Ways. By keeping everything to just two tones – jet black trousers, Jimmy Choo square–toe boots, shirt, scoop neck tee and chocolate brown boxy jacket – he managed to pull everything together. It’s classic, but it still feels cool with roomy fits and easy separates.

And Connor’s not the only one doing it. Tyler, the Creator, one of the music industry’s most boundary–breaking dressers is a consistent wearer of black and brown. Meanwhile, designers across the board have eschewed the rule. Gucci leads the way with its mash–up suits of brown pleated trousers and black blazers. Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons sent models down the runway in brown leather jackets and skinny–fit black trousers for Autumn/Winter 2023, while if you take a look at the collections and campaigns rolled out by British designer Bianca Saunders, you’ll see she has no time for the ban on black and brown.

And neither does Connor. And that’s why he makes classic fits look so good.


Heartstopper’s Joe Locke & Kit Connor Can’t Believe Any of This is Real
February 13

A year ago, Joe Locke and Kit Connor were kids preparing for their exams. Now, courtesy of Netflix’s breakthrough queer sensation Heartstopper, they are reckoning with suddenly being stop–you–in–the street, internet–boyfriend famous.

It’s afternoon at Rowan’s, a bowling alley and arcade in North London. The kind of place where the floors are sticky and the fizzy cola never quite tastes right. As most grown adults are wallowing in hungover states, two of the most famous young men in the country – Joe Locke and Kit Connor, the stars of Netflix’s Heartstopper – are here surrounded by kids’ birthday parties. It’s the closest they now get to incognito, since almost no one their age is kicking around. But while the boys are distracted shooting hoops, playfully competing against each other, a stray teenager spots them and whispers into her mum’s ear.

I wonder what she says. How she tries to summarise the sheer power of Heartstopper, the show that changed the pair’s lives and deeply affected many of the millions who watched it. How she describes these two men who, a year ago, enjoyed their respective normalities: studying for their GCSEs, living at home with their parents, preparing for the release of a queer TV show many – including Netflix – thought would pass by on the cultural calendar as nothing but a mild, if important arrhythmic blip.

In the first month of its release, people spent 53 million hours staring at Locke and Connor’s faces on TV – and countless more on social media – as every moment of the show was TikToked to oblivion (the hashtag #Heartstopper alone has over 7.7 billion views). All of a sudden, you can feel eyes watching them wherever they go.

Neither of them prepared for this: the fans, the following, the bougie social gatherings and ceaseless attention. Connor – who has acted since he was eight, but hadn’t felt mainstream recognition like this before – describes it to me as “like you’ve just got your licence and you’re suddenly asked to be a getaway driver. There are certain things that you’re asked and expected to do, but you feel so unbelievably unequipped.”

“It just gets weirder and weirder,” Locke says, still in a state of disbelief. To keep himself grounded – or from letting fame’s nasty residue rub off on him – he tries to remember this is fleeting. “It’s not at all real.”

On the surface Heartstopper, based on the beloved graphic novel by Alice Oseman, didn’t seem like the kind of story that would catalyse a global obsession. It’s not a hetero–leaning love story like Bridgerton, nor an all–guns–blazing dystopian sci–fi like Squid Game. Instead, it follows Charlie Spring (Locke), a 15–year–old English schoolboy who’s recently been “outed” as gay to his classmates. He has his modest friend group – the stubborn Tao, and Elle, a trans girl who’s just moved to the all girls’ school nearby – and a downlow boyfriend. But Charlie’s eyes are drawn to Connor’s Nick Nelson, a sensitive and open lad on the rugby team, and one of the few who doesn’t tease him for his sexuality. They sit next to each other in class and, over time, their friendship blossoms into a gentle and innocent romance. As sparks fly (one of several visual motifs incorporated from Oseman’s original illustrations), Nick begins to better understand his sexuality, too.

Upon its premiere in April this year, the show was considered pioneering: a joyous and proudly uncynical work of mainstream queer representation, geared towards an audience who had never had it in that form before. Within days of its debut, Heartstopper‘s fervent audience, who had viewed the original webcomics (later published as graphic novels) more than 52 million times, multiplied exponentially. It was estimated Oseman was selling over £1 million–worth of books a month in the UK alone following the show’s success.

“It hits all the niches,” Locke says: queer, feel–good, and open–hearted enough to lead millions to wholeheartedly embrace it. Heartstopper stans – ranging from tweens to folks in their 60s – already queue at conventions and red carpets to catch a glimpse of the cast. The show’s press tour stretched from the daytime TV couches of This Morning to the front rows of Dior and Kenzo at Paris Fashion Week. For a time this year, Heartstopper was everywhere.

Connor has flirted with fame for a long time, just never at its current wattage. Born and raised in Croydon, South London, he’s played supporting characters in primetime soaps like Casualty and TV movies, before, in his late teens, graduating into blockbusters. In 2019 he appeared as a young Elton John in Rocketman and in the indie drama Little Joe. In between shoots he attended a well–performing school, where he was, by his own recollection, the “well–behaved and never really too rebellious” one among his friends.

Connor remembers, aged 11, having to choose between playing the son of Rachel Weisz and Colin Firth in a British drama by a BAFTA–winning director, The Mercy, or joining his classmates on a traditional year–end trip to the Isle of Wight. “It was a real, genuine debate in my head,” he says. He chose the film, and feels like he made the right decision. “When you’re younger, these tiny things,” school trips, he means, “seem huge. I’ve lost a lot of my childhood in many ways, [but] I don’t regret it at all.”

Locke’s childhood had different stakes. He grew up gay in Douglas on the Isle of Man, the last place in the British Isles to legalise homosexuality in 1992. “I don’t think anyone who reads about where I’m from could fully understand it,” he says, calling it “a classic small English town but on an island you can’t escape.” It was bucolic, “safe and sheltered”. When Connor was on his first TV sets, Locke was still making dens and playing make–believe wizards with his friends. “What was I?” he contemplates, when I ask what he thought of himself growing up. “Loud,” he says, “but really quite self–conscious and anxious.” An effervescent exterior covered the parts of himself he was a little more unsure of.

Like Connor, drama played a part in Locke’s life. The Isle of Man had what he calls “a really strangely high calibre” of amateur theatre and, as one of the few boys interested in it, he was, he says, almost guaranteed the good roles. But it never seemed possible to him as a real–life vocation. “Acting was always my passion,” he says, “but I think I’d resigned myself to the fact it wasn’t going to happen.” Older friends had left to pursue careers in drama in London, “and then they’d not be lucky in the right ways, or not find the right things and then not be able to sustain living [there]. The way that people trying to break into the industry are treated by society is so shitty and hard.” So he knuckled down and lined up a different future, planning to go to university, then perhaps law or journalism.

By the time they were both preparing for their GCSEs, Heartstopper had started to bring them together. The show’s casting director, Daniel Edwards, had auditioned Connor before and initially thought of him to play Charlie. But when Connor did his Zoom audition (most of the casting process happened in early 2021, during the pandemic), Edwards recalls that “his maturity was screaming Nick”. Locke responded to an open audition call on social media. “Joe sent us a self–tape from the corner of his bedroom with his posters on the wall,” the show’s director, Euros Lyn, recalls. “He felt so authentically like Charlie: a 15–year–old who would apologise for breathing. There was a quality that Joe had, a humbleness, that spoke of that.”

The pair met face–to–face for the first time at Locke’s final audition in London. “Kit was aware I had no idea what I was doing,” Locke remembers, “and so he made me feel at ease.” Fast forward to today and, after months of filming and public engagements together, both are relaxed and confident. Locke jumps at the opportunity to try his first slot machine, and Connor and I watch on and stand guard, waiting for an attendant to pop up and pull us away from them. While their romance is palpable on–screen, in real life you could call their relationship more of a reliance, leaning in on each other like a two–person human triangle. They have the energy of two deeply trusting and platonic best friends.

Locke left the Isle of Man, only telling his family and his two best friends (“Sorry Netflix, I did break the NDA”), where he was going. Then, in April 2021, the casting for the show was announced and the webcomic fans followed them on social media en masse; for the first time they felt like the ground had shifted beneath their feet. Locke describes that moment as “the mini tidal wave of life changing”. The shoot wrapped later that summer. Both boys went back to school, and for a few months the intrigue abated.

Then, when release day came, all previous routines became obsolete: existing, as 18–year–old boys, was no longer quite so simple. “It was a big change for me,” Connor says, whose acting experience had at least prepared him for what was coming. “But for Joe it was literally night and day. It was two very different lives he was living.”

The week after the show came out, Locke went “from 100,000 Instagram followers to 3 million in a week,” he recalls. “I realised, Yeah, this is never going to be normal again.”

Suddenly the pair were being invited to dinners and parties that guys their age seldom get to attend. When Connor arrived at his hotel for Paris Fashion Week that summer, he wept. “It was the first time it felt like a new world,” he says. “I did not deserve it at all.”

At these events, he was often the youngest, sometimes by a decade or more. “I felt like a little kid,” he says. “You’re doing it on a big stage for people to see and you’re just not prepared.” His anxiety would amp up when he’d walk into those rooms. He wished he was 25 – an adult with more stories to tell.

It’s taken some getting used to for both of them: they share deep bouts of imposter syndrome. “I think I got off easy,” Locke still says, doubting himself in spite of the show’s success. “I just managed to get the first part I auditioned for.”

Connor recognised Heartstopper‘s significance on set, looking around at the predominantly queer cast and crew. The show, he says, “was for us and the representation we never had.” Queer representation of the scale Heartstopper offered was a rare thing to him and Locke, despite growing up in the progressive enclaves of the Gen Z internet. Connor saw it briefly in the TV that, in some cases, pre–dated his birth: relationships like Willow and Tara’s in Buffy, or the horny teenagers of E4’s salacious Skins.

But it was the summer of 2018 when Locke first properly saw himself in a queer work of art. Under the covers at night during the school holidays, he had found a link to watch Luca Guadagnino’s gentle, queer love story, Call Me By Your Name, online. “Porn ads telling me, ‘There are 40 women nearby wanting to meet up,’ kept popping up,” he recalls, laughing. “I was like, I’m trying to watch the gay stuff!” Locke had had what he calls a “summer dalliance” and found the film drew parallels with his own life. But at that age, that’s where the positive queer art he saw himself in – unfettered by the AIDS crisis, not wholly shaped by sex – started and ended.

I’m nearly a decade older than Locke, and when I was his age the only gay men I remember seeing on mainstream television were comedians like Alan Carr. “And when you think about it, they were accepted as queer people because they were taking the piss out of themselves,” he says. “Now they’re allowed to be unapologetically them. But at the time the only reason they were accepted was because their jokes involved self–deprecation. That made it okay.”

People loved laughing at gay people in that way, I say. Locke responds soberly, without missing a beat, “They still do.”

For its young fanbase, Heartstopper is a significant act of representation. Euros Lyn, the director, considers it to be “a political drama” about the possibilities of queer happiness. “Joe and Kit have taken that political message to the public,” he tells me. “I’m proud of them.”

This has led to intense scrutiny of the young actors’ private lives. Days before we met, Connor had deleted his Twitter after photos of him holding hands with a female co–star from a new project went viral. He was accused of “queerbaiting”, a misused term that insinuates straight–presenting people in the public eye are twisting the aesthetics of their work to pander to queer people. The assumptions were enough for Connor, who had questioned the pressure to declare his sexuality, to quit the platform.

“Social media is not a window into my soul at all… so [it] was the best decision of my life,” he says. Now he’s well known, people tend to invent narratives he can’t control. “In many ways it’s great, but as someone who’s in the public eye, if you look for people saying bad stuff about you, you’ll find it.” At times, he’d “almost” find himself seeking out the negativity. “You want to know what people are saying. Everyone wants to be liked, which is slightly heartbreaking when you’re in the position of someone like me or Joe.” (A few weeks after our interview, Connor went back onto Twitter to say: “I’m bi. Congrats for forcing an 18–year–old to out himself. I think some of you missed the point of the show. Bye.”)

The show’s success has brought unwanted intrusion on Locke’s side, too: he’s had to unfollow friends and family who were receiving messages from his fans; his mum has changed her name on Facebook after his baby photos were leaked online. Recently, the tabloids have started to hypothesise over who he might be dating. “The idea of a tabloid being interested in a teenager’s love life is really gross,” Locke says. “Someone making money out of rumours about who I – an 18–year–old boy – might be liking or talking to, it’s really gross and perverted.” His hands curl in on themselves, but he’s saying it now because he feels like it’s important: “I’m 18… I don’t know who I am yet.”

They have each other, which helps. “Joe’s really been such a lifesaver in so many ways for me; as a support system and a friend to go through everything with,” Connor says.

“I’ve tried to do the same for him,” Locke agrees, smiling. “I don’t think Kit really understands what an incredible person he is.”

Locke has a strong bowling game. He’s hitting strikes and spares, and every time the ball hurtles down the centre of the lane, obliterating the skittles, he turns his slight frame back towards Connor and me and pretends to tuck his hair behind his ears, jokingly braggadocious. Connor is less successful. Every time he throws a gutter ball – which is a lot of the time – he swoops his red, handsome, curtained hair through his hands. “You’ve just got to aim it, Kit!” Locke reassures him. “Follow the arrows.” Rightfully enough, when he takes that on board, Connor’s game sharpens. We all agree that using the medium–weight bowl – designed to resemble a magic eight ball – is the best route to success.

Though it’s supposed to be hush–hush, Heartstopper season two is in its second week of shooting. Details are being kept watertight, but fans will be glad to know the show isn’t opting to shy away from the more, what Euros Lyn calls, “existential” themes of the source material. In it, Nick is expected to reckon with coming out to his schoolmates. Meanwhile, the minutiae of Charlie’s mental health problems come to the fore: owing to the secretive nature of his past relationships, he’s deeply insecure. Now, the gentlest TV show is dealing with issues of self–harm and disordered eating.

“We grow up with the characters, but we’re also growing up [as people],” Locke says. “Their views of the world are changing, and those changes happen quite quickly when you’re a teenager because of hormones and school being horrible.”

The show will also delve into Charlie’s battle with body dysmorphia, an issue prevalent among young people who seldom see bodies like theirs represented on screen, where conventional heartthrob muscle prevails. “Part of that is because most teen shows have 30–year–olds playing 17–year–olds!” Locke says. “They have actual adult bodies; 17–year–olds don’t look like that!”

It’s a subject Locke can relate to. “I feel like everyone sees weaknesses and problems in their own bodies,” he adds. “[For me], they’ve been heightened in the last year because more people are seeing my face and seeing the things that I hate about myself.” He has learned to dissociate from reading people’s opinions on his appearance, like his ears. “I tried to convince my mum to get them pinned back. But I remember one day my friend [held them back] and was like, ‘Do you really want to look like that?'” He learned quickly that little things that once felt like big things to him cease to matter as soon as he switches off. “Now I really like my ears,” he smiles. “I think they’re a defining feature of me.”

Connor is excited to play his part again: Nick’s character trajectory for season two is similar to Oseman’s story, with some minor changes. “We realise that it means a lot to a lot of people, but that’s an amazing pressure to have,” he says. “It’s on our shoulders now.”

This year, the majority of their friends went off to university, starting their own paths without such very public pressures. “Maybe I would have enjoyed going to freshers’ week and getting absolutely hammered,” Locke says, laughing. “I can’t do that any more and not stress about waking up in an alleyway.” It would be a Daily Mail article, he observes, only half–joking.

As we leave the bowling alley, a girl in a Disney shirt and cropped hair runs out of the nearby Finsbury Park station flustered and showing the pair a tattoo of autumn leaves – Heartstopper‘s cartoon insignia – on her forearm. She had got it the day before, the pastel colours rich and her skin still raw. Her mum – a teacher at an all boys’ school – chimes in from afar, praising them for the part they played in helping the young, queer boys there feel seen and represented. “Thank you,” Locke and Connor say. “Of course you can get a picture.”


Kit Connor is the Secret Soul of HBO’s “His Dark Materials”

HBO’s His Dark Materials returned last night for the premiere of its third and final season. The series is a careful adaptation of Philip Pullman’s raucous trilogy about a girl from another world and a boy from ours getting caught up in a rebellion against heaven. For many, the best thing about the show is its star–studded ensemble cast. James McAvoy plays the enigmatic Lord Asriel, Ruth Wilson is the relentless Mrs. Coulter, and Logan standout Dafne Keen stars as Lyra Silvertongue, a girl with the unique ability to read a mystical truth–telling “golden compass” known as an alethiometer. However, for my money, the best performance in all of His Dark Materials comes from Kit Connor.

Oh, you didn’t know that Heartstopper heartthrob Kit Connor was in HBO’s His Dark Materials? Well, that could be because Connor never appears onscreen as himself. Instead, he is the voice actor behind Lyra’s daemon, Pantalaimon. It’s his voice who has been encouraging and comforting Lyra over the course of the entire series. Kit Connor is the literal soul of His Dark Materials and deserves more shine for his brilliant voice acting.

In His Dark Materials Season 1, we are introduced to a parallel world where people’s souls exist outside their bodies in the form of animals called daemons. These daemons can shapeshift depending on their person’s mood until the age of puberty. After that, daemons are locked forever in a single form. Over the course of the series, we learn that there is a mysterious substance called Dust that is tied to this phenomenon. While the Magisterium — a ruling body that is part church, part dictatorship — believes that Dust is literal original sin, others, like Lord Asriel, see it as something more complex. Lyra finds herself pulled into a wild journey north to both save her kidnapped friend Roger and reunite with Lord Asriel. There are talking polar bears and immortal witches. Lin–Manuel Miranda has a hot air balloon. Eventually Lyra crosses into another world and meets a boy from our universe who has a magical knife. It’s quite the adventure.

Through it all, though, Pantalaimon, or simply Pan, is by Lyra’s side. He is the voice of reason when her impulses get the best of her and her constant cheerleader when she feels despondent. Pan has to be both a reflection of Lyra’s inner life and a unique personality in and of himself. Kit Connor, who is only 18, has been capturing these nuances with his voice acting for all three seasons of His Dark Materials. While Netflix’s Heartstopper might have catapulted Connor to mainstream stardom, His Dark Materials proves he’s a soulful performer with a big future ahead of him.

While Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson might be the faces of His Dark Materials, Kit Connor is undeniably the show’s heart and soul.


Kit Connor Says He’s Been Forced to Come Out as Bisexual
October 31

Heartstopper star Kit Connor came out as bisexual amid accusations of queerbaiting and slammed his critics for “forcing an 18 year old to out himself” in response to the hurtful allegations.

Kit Connor came out as bisexual – though not on his own accord.

On Oct. 31, the Heartstopper star called out social media users who had been accusing him of queerbaiting, a term used to describe people who lean into suspicion that they may be queer in hopes of attracting attention and publicity. In a tweet, Connor slammed the allegations and wrote, “i’m bi. congrats for forcing an 18 year old to out himself.”

The British actor – who plays Nick Nelson, a teen coming to terms with his sexuality, on Heartstopper – also noted, “i think some of you missed the point of the show. bye.”

Connor’s tweet comes five months after he confronted the allegations online. “twitter is so funny man,” he tweeted on May 2. “apparently some people on here know my sexuality better than I do.”

Later that month, the His Dark Materials alum called the queerbaiting accusations “mean” and defended his choice to keep his sexuality private.

“I’m perfectly confident and comfortable in my sexuality, but… I’m not too big on labels and things like that,” he shared on the Reign with Josh Smith podcast. “I don’t feel like I need to label myself, especially not publicly.”

Connor also said that it was “strange” for people to make speculations about him and his Heartstopper co–star Joe Locke, who also plays a queer character.

“To start speculating about our sexualities and pressuring us to come out when maybe we’re not ready,” he continued, “I feel like that’s a very interesting, slightly problematic assumption to make.”

Amid the accusations, Connor announced in September that he was stepping away from Twitter.

“this is a silly silly app,” he tweeted on Sept. 12. “bit bored of it now, deleting twitter.”


Kit Connor Quits Twitter Amid Queerbaiting Accusations
September 13

Kit Connor has quit Twitter for the time being.

The Heartstopper star is currently filming a new movie based on the best–selling novel A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey. Amid production of the new movie, Connor was spotted holding hands with costar Maia Reficco – prompting fans to accuse Connor of “queerbaiting.”

Connor reacted to those accusations with a tweet:

“This is a silly silly app. Bit bored of it now, deleting twitter :)”

In recent interviews, Connor expressed that he doesn’t want to label his sexuality yet when asked if he identified with the queer character he plays on Heartstopper. But context is important: Connor literally turned 18 years old in March 2022 – meaning that he’s only been an adult for the past six months. It’s not entirely shocking that an 18–year–old is still figuring himself out and not wanting to commit to making big statements.

Overall, accusing Connor of “queerbaiting” for playing an LGBTQ+ character on Heartstopper but then being spotted holding hands with a female costar from another project feels like a pretty significant stretch. First and foremost, being gay or straight aren’t the only two options in the sexuality spectrum. Secondly, holding hands with a girl doesn’t define one’s sexuality. Lastly, it needs to be stressed that this is someone who literally just turned 18 a few months ago.

Even though fans have understandably fallen in love with Connor’s adorable performance on Heartstopper, this is a terrible way to show appreciation for the actor and the series.

Heartstopper is streaming on Netflix.


Kit Connor on Rejection, ‘Heartstopper,’ and Why He’s Not a Believer in Labels

Following the success of his lead role in Heartstopper, we meet Kit Connor to unpack the secret formula to being Britain’s next big acting talent.

It’s 11 am on a Wednesday morning and I’m pacing around Kenley Aerodrome, a former military airfield in south London that played a key part in the Battle of Britain back in 1940. Today it’s the backdrop for a gliding school and picturesque dog walks on sleepy Sunday afternoons. It’s also the place where actor Kit Connor learnt to ride a bike at the tender age of six. A nasty fall left him too traumatised to cycle again for years, but thankfully he’s put his bicycle-related trauma to one side to meet me here on what is possibly the windiest day of the year. Perfectly on time, he emerges from a grove of trees, clad in Carhartt and towering much taller than I’d anticipated at more than 6ft. He gives me a friendly wave and a reassuring smile before joining me on a walk around his former stomping ground. “I’m so sorry I brought you somewhere so windy!” he says attentively, pushing his messy chestnut curtains out of his eyes. There’s a hint of facial hair growing through and it’s clear that the last of his teenage features are starting to fall away. Manhood is impending.

The 18-year-old grew up just down the road in Purley, with his advertising exec parents and older siblings – a brother and sister who are currently at university. Connor, being the youngest, was somewhat reserved growing up, but it was actually this timidness that led him into acting. “My parents signed me up for Stagecoach [Performing Arts School]. I think it was just to get me out of my shell. I was quiet, especially around new people, so I was very much in need of something to help me become more confident.”

He was eventually signed to the Stagecoach agency, where he secured an Xbox commercial. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is so easy! You just go and then get the job.’ Obviously, that streak didn’t quite last, but it was really fun. I signed with a different agent and I think I was about nine when I did my first film, and by then I was realising that this was more than just a bit of fun.”

Trying to break into the entertainment industry at such a young age is not easy – it’s intense, gruelling and requires a thick skin. Connor admits that his work as a child actor took its toll. At one point, he was attending three auditions a day, five days per week – taking him away from school and the chance to live a life that resembled that of his peers. “You have to deal with rejection quite quickly. If you can’t, then it’s going to be tough for you,” he says frankly. “There was a film that I was really excited about doing, I really liked the director, I really loved the script. I got down to the last two kids for the role and then I actually got told by the director that he wanted me. I thought, ‘This is my Steven Spielberg ET moment,’ and then we did a screen test and I think the studio decided I didn’t quite fit with the role. I was definitely very upset. Since then, I’ve never taken things for granted until they tell me officially that I have won the part. I almost always expect to be rejected, which is a good mindset. It’s a slightly sad mindset, but it’s a good mindset.”

Despite a string of minor roles in films including Ready Player One and Slaughterhouse Rulez, it was his part as a young Elton John in the biopic Rocketman that solidified his rising-star status. “I first directed Kit when he was 14,” Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher tells me over email. “We shot an ad in South Africa and I was very impressed to see him writing Japanese calligraphy in his spare time. He was the first actor I thought of when it came to casting young Elton John, as he has a strong sense of self, a quiet intelligence and a quick natural instinct for the craft of acting.”The coveted role, which sees Connor blasting out a rendition of the Elton classic “I Want Love”, was the first time that Connor started to see a shift in his relationships. People who until then hadn’t given him the time of day suddenly started to pay attention and he began to question the intentions of those around him. “There were definitely a few people who I felt were only speaking to me because of my career. As an actor it’s something you’re always warned about if you ever get successful. I think for me, it’s helped by the fact that I’ve had a slow uprising. It means I’ve been able to make friends who I know aren’t there because of the acting,” he says with a shrug. “It also means that I’m latching onto those friends and not letting them go, because I don’t know who I’ll meet in the future. It is difficult, that idea of second-guessing people. I suppose if there’s one way to get trust issues, it would be that!”

With the success of Rocketman, what seemed like it should have been a career-defining moment for Connor was shrouded in uncertainty when the pandemic closed down film and TV productions internationally. At a time when roles should have been pouring in, the entire industry came to a standstill, and Connor was faced with the reality that he might have to look at other career options. “During Covid, there were certain points when I was like, ‘I might never work again,'” he tells me candidly. “I always felt that acting was so much about momentum in the industry. Rocketman came out in 2019, and I was like, ‘This is great,’ and then Covid hit and I was like, ‘OK, this break is going to be a lot longer than I thought it was going to be.’ Getting Heartstopper was the biggest sense of relief because everyone was asking me about going to university, and I was like, ‘I don’t know. If I get a job that is good enough, then great, I probably won’t go, but if I don’t get that job, I suppose I might have to.'”

Heartstopper is why we’re meeting today. I see Connor smile a bit when he mentions it. Based on the webcomic by Alice Oseman, the series follows protagonist Charlie Spring as he falls in love with his rugby player friend Nick Nelson (played by Connor). Together, they navigate the queer experience throughout school alongside a string of vibrant and familiar characters.

It was in late 2020 that Connor found himself submitting a tape, surprisingly for the role of Charlie. “I look nothing like him, so I thought I probably wouldn’t get it, but I thought I’d give it a go and I think they realised that I am a lot more suited for Nick, which, honestly, thank God!” As Nick, he’s charming, affectionate and emotionally vulnerable. Some of these traits shine through in scenes with his on-screen mother, the Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman. In the final episode, there’s a scene where Nick tells her he’s bisexual. It’s heartwarming, honest and a conversation that many openly queer individuals will be able to relate to. “Kit is that magical mixture of beauty, gentleness, wit and presentness. He was a joy to work with. I wanted to adopt him,” Colman tells me, adding context to their powerful chemistry.

Joe Locke, his on-screen love interest who plays the role of Charlie, echoes the sentiment, saying: “Working with Kit was so great. He made my first job so much easier, with his great professionalism and work ethic. He’s such a kind person, and has the unlearnable skill of making all those around him comfortable without even trying.”

The series has already been renewed for series two and three by Netflix. “After all of the amazing love and support that we got from the first season, of course the whole team was hoping that we’d get renewed and be able to do it all over again, but the fact that we got two more seasons really just showed us how much Netflix value Heartstopper as a story and that was so wonderful to hear,” Connor beams.

The feverish fan following has been an unexpected symptom of the show’s success, with Connor’s Instagram following ballooning from about 200,000 before transmission date, to nearing four million at the time of writing. The response on Twitter has been particularly loud, and the curiosity around Connor’s sexuality has been top of the agenda. He nods pensively when I mention a particular tweet where he vented at anonymous fans guessing at it. “That tweet I posted pressed the importance of respecting people’s own journeys and I think it highlights the risks of outing som—eone and making someone feel uncomfortable,” he says. “For one thing, I am not a big believer in labels. I believe that they are extremely helpful for some people in terms of self-understanding and self-realisation, but I prefer not to think too much about labels. I don’t feel like I have to tell the world about my sexuality. I completely understand that many fans want queer representation to be authentic and they want to know whether it is authentic, but at the same time you shouldn’t make someone feel uncomfortable to the point where they have to tell a stranger about their sexuality.”

We’re reaching the end of our walk and we decide to take a seat. We’re both positively dishevelled – which is to be expected, given we’ve been walking for almost two hours in high winds. Despite our short encounter, I’ve already formed a pretty well-rounded picture of who Kit Connor is and what he stands for: despite his ultra-rapid rise to teen heartthrob, he remains a pretty normal teenager. He’s anxious about his impending A-levels, and, like many other 18-year-olds, he’s ready to grab life by both horns and see where it takes him. In his downtime, he watches Modern Family and when he’s sad he’ll curl up and watch About Time – “I love a rom-com!”. Friends and family are at the centre of his universe, and he often mentions his desire to make his parents proud and include them on this wild ride. He allocates a lot of time to the gym, which he says centres him, and helps him gain some composure while he navigates life as one of Britain’s next big acting talents. But the most compelling thing about Kit Connor, and perhaps the thing that separates him from other 18-year-olds, is his ability to express warmth in a way that transcends any sort of physicality. In his nature, how he engages in conversation, in the way that he plays his characters, there’s a compassion to them, and to him, that offers a unique sense of reassurance. He’s here to make sure others feel seen, and seen we feel.


Kit Connor: ‘I’m Finding That Fashion Can Be Used as a Suit of Armour’
June 29

Heartstopper actor Kit Connor attended his first fashion week this season. Here he tells GQ exclusively why he thinks fashion gives him superpowers and why he’s excited for what’s next.

A little under a year ago you likely wouldn’t have known who Kit Connor was, but now he’s undeniably one of the world’s buzziest young actors. While had a minor part in Rocketman, it was his role in Netflix’s coming–of–age, LGBTQ+ miniseries Heartstopper, which released in mid–April, that thrust the 18–year–old into the spotlight.

Consequently, the Croydon–born actor has got a massive social media following comprising 4.1 million Instagram followers, while he regularly tweets about his life, work and interests to 897,000 Twitter users. Stands to reason that the young talent, who has just finished his A–levels and is taking a much–earned break before filming series two of Heartstopper later this year, is getting attention from some of the biggest brands in the world. Case in point: this week he was flown out to Paris by Spanish label Loewe, who in the past has dressed thesps such as Josh O’Connor and Anthony Hopkins, to see its creative director Jonathan Anderson unveil the brand’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection.

His first time attending a fashion week show, Connor tells GQ exclusively: “It was probably one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever had, I did not see that coming. It’s one of those things that you always hear about as being one of the crazy experiences, and it lives up to it.” While he describes his on–screen character Nick as a rugby player with “minimal style as a conscious decision by the producers”, off–screen Connor is all about embracing fashion and really having fun with it.

For the show, Connor was dressed by the Loewe team and the aforementioned British designer Anderson in rinse–washed jeans, a plughole vest from the brand’s Autumn/Winter ’22 collection and Derby shoes that featured similar plughole detailing. “It was a look that fed into my own classic taste, but had a subtle edge,” Connor explains. When asked about supporting queer designers such as Anderson, Connor reveals that it’s “a message that he wants to continue with” and that he will always try to “support the community as best he can.”

Going forward Connor hopes to explore his own personal style more. “I’m still only 18 years old and so I think there’s lot for me to try out,” he tells us. “I love photo shoots and I love getting to wear things I’d never usually wear. He’s also found that clothing has other uses other than just being a second–thought in the mornings. “The crowds of Heartstopper fans in Paris were quite mad and myself and the other cast members were quite swamped when we left the hotel,” he shares. “In a weird way my outfit felt like a suit of armour, which I think is something that’s really great about fashion – it gives you a shield of confidence.”

Connor believes that by using fashion he can present an exaggerated version of himself, in turn making “you feel like quite the superhero, which when things get manic out there with the screaming and shouting, can really be beneficial,” he says. “I’m not sure I’d be able to face it without that style confidence.”


‘Heartstopper’ Breakout Kit Connor Aims for Authenticity
June 06

At just 18 years old, Kit Connor has amassed the kind of online attention that one could only gain from starring in an explosively popular Netflix series. Heartstopper, which places Connor in one of two lead roles, was adapted from the webcomics created by Alice Oseman, and as a series (also written by Oseman), it cuts to the core of queer connection in optimistic and surprisingly delightful ways. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly juvenile setting of the show, though – Heartstopper may take place in a high school at sweaty rugby matches and after–school parties, but its central relationships can warm the iciest of hearts.

Joining the cast of promising young actors, Connor plays Nick Nelson, a high school jock who begins to unearth his true feelings for protagonist Charlie Spring (Joe Locke), and with it, a reckoning of his friendships and sexuality. On a Zoom call from his home in the U.K., Connor tells W he is in the midst of studying for his Advanced Level qualifications, while sitting in front of a bright pink poster scribed with the words “Gonna Be Okay.” He shares a sense of immense gratitude for his Heartstopper role, adding that after originally auditioning for the part of Charlie, landing Nick turned out to be “a match made in heaven.”

Wearing a short–sleeved, beige button–up, Connor is relaxed and articulate. In our conversation, he embodies a level of introspection and self–reflection about his role and the landscape of queer representation in media that seems rare for such a young actor. When I tell him that Heartstopper made me feel very single as an elder Millennial, he jokes that this was the plan all along, for everyone to “feel very, very sad and jealous of Nick and Charlie” – and that it must be “bittersweet” for older queer viewers to experience Heartstopper when they were more limited in their options of queer–centric television growing up.

With the encouragement of his parents, who wanted their shy child to break out of his shell, acting was originally just a hobby for Connor. He booked his first role at eight years old, appearing initially in commercials and then film and television. In 2019, the actor gained some recognition for appearing as a young Elton John in the biopic Rocketman, while also starting to do some voiceover work. He admits that few may know he currently voices Pan on His Dark Materials, the shapeshifting mouse companion of protagonist Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen). “It always surprises them when they hear it, and then they can’t unhear it,” he jokes. (His Dark Materials is slated for a third and final season to be released later this year.)

According to Connor, Nick is one of the most relatable characters on Heartstopper, and one he was able to connect with on a personal level while preparing for the role. “On a wider scale, he goes through this mental turmoil and this internal struggle about his place in school and in society, his sexuality and the people he surrounds himself with,” Connor explains. “I can relate to Nick in so many ways, and so many experiences he has in the show I’ve literally experienced exactly that.”

As the series progresses, Nick gets closer not only to Charlie, but to an uplifting group of friends who identify as straight and queer, embracing him as one of their own. “The characters are so pure and it’s such a refreshing, positive, and optimistic take on life and queerness,” Connor notes. “I think that’s beautiful.”

A highlight of filming the series came when Connor spent two days working closely with prolific Oscar–winning actress Olivia Colman. It was an experience he calls “absolute bliss” and “an honor.” Colman was recruited to play Nick’s caring mother, and the two actors share some of the most tender scenes in the season. “She’s such an effortlessly talented actor,” he gushes. “She’s so professional, yet also so calm and puts you at ease immediately, and knows exactly when to crack a joke.” While Connor says crying on cue doesn’t come to him easily, he was in awe of Colman’s mastery over her emotions and her ability to shift between them in a seemingly effortless way. That said, a scene in which Nick frantically Googles “Am I gay?” did yield a real tear from Connor, an experience viscerally realistic to the queer coming–of–age experience.

Heartstopper provides an example of positive queer representation for its youthful audience, and Connor says he wants the show to benefit both straight and queer viewers alike. He wants the series to be “a safe space for queer teens and adults, for the LGBTQIA+ community to feel safe and feel represented and feel loved,” he says, adding, “I hope we’ve done queerness justice.” But he also wants straight viewers to stick around to watch and enjoy queer characters in states of joy and love, rather than some of the darker subject matter – such as drugs and death – which can often lead the tone in queer storytelling.

The series has been embraced so intensely by fans that Connor is still adjusting to the experience of being recognized on the street. In a recent Tweet, the actor also felt he needed to address the fans who have speculated about his sexuality online. On one hand, Connor says he has empathy for those who want to know. “I completely understand the idea that they want authentic queer representation, and therefore ideally would like to know the sexuality of who’s playing the role,” he explains. “I completely agree that authenticity is something that should be strived for.”

On the other hand, though, boundaries are rarely respected online. “People can get a bit too comfortable on social media,” he says. “To speculate about a person’s sexuality is so dangerous, especially for someone at my age of 18, it’s a bit strange for me to see. If I haven’t said anything, you shouldn’t assume anything, but you also shouldn’t pressure me to tell people. It’s a very personal journey that people have to go on.”

To stay centered, Connor has found a sense of peace by unplugging at the gym for two–hour workouts, a habit he has maintained after bulking up for his Heartstopper role. He also watches “whatever I can, whenever I can,” unwinding lately to Bridgerton, Top Boy, and catching up on Euphoria. And although he’d love to someday play a character polar opposite to Nick (“someone meaner and more twisted,” he says), or enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his philosophy is to remain open to everything. For now, Connor will continue playing Nick for at least two more seasons of Heartstopper, a renewal announcement that came just in time for Pride month. “I try not to have many dream roles or goals or anything like that,” he says. “I just try and see what happens.”