Kit Connor Just Joined This Oscar-Winner’s All-Star Literary Adaptation
November 30

It’s been such a thrill to follow the success of the Heartstopper stars. Now that the beloved Netflix series has made them all household names, they’ve been racking up massive new roles, one after the other.

We shrieked with delight when Yasmin Finney signed on to Doctor Who opposite Ncuti Gatwa. We gasped when it was announced Joe Locke was heading to Marvel’s Coven of Chaos – possibly as a Young Avenger. And, now, Kit Connor is joining the all–star cast of a major literary adaptation from an Oscar–winning director!

But… there’s a catch: You won’t actually see Connor in it. Or anyone for that matter. Because it’s a podcast. Or, an audiobook, rather.

It was earlier this morning when we came across the exciting news that the Heartstopper actor was cast in an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist from Oscar–winning filmmaker Sam Mendes.

Admittedly, we hadn’t had our coffee yet. But, if we had, we would have spit it out in excitement as we read the starry list of names joining Connor in the ensemble: Succession‘s Brian Cox, Nope‘s Daniel Kaluuya, and Bridgerton‘s Nicola Coughlin. It was almost too good to be true! And it was – at least the movie adaptation we had imagined was.

And that’s not to besmirch the name of podcasts! We love a good podcast – our queue of downloads is ambitious and unwieldy. We just got excited about the idea of seeing Connor dressed as a 19th century pickpocket roaming the streets of old London. And from the award–winning director behind 1917 and Skyfall, no less! Alas.

The news comes from Deadline, who reports that the Mendes–produced Oliver Twist is available now via Audible, a streaming service that has really cornered the market for scripted and serialized audio series featuring A–list talent.

Connor voices the supporting role of Noah Claypole, a young servant who, at one point, comes to blows with his peer, Oliver (The Man Who Fell To Earth‘s Emilio Villa–Muhammad).

The story – if you’re not familiar – concerns itself with the eponymous orphan, born into poverty and forced to live in a dreadful English workhouse. Once he’s kicked out, Oliver goes to fight for a life on his own, eventually banding together with a group of young pickpockets headed up by the Artful Dodger (T2 Trainspotting‘s Elijah Wolf) and their guardian, Fagin (Cox).

The cast also includes Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You), Julia Davis (Love Actually), Nick Mohammed (Ted Lasso), Patricia Allison (Sex Education) and Diane Morgan (a.k.a. the hilarious “Philomena Cunk,” who you’ve likely seen a lot of on TikTok lately). Audible’s Oliver Twist also boasts an original score from Everybody’s Talking About Jamie composer Dan Gillespie–Sells.

The audio series marks Connor’s first major casting announcement since coming out as bisexual in late October – something he says he felt forced to do amid queer–baiting allegations from so–called fans of Heartstopper. “I think some of you missed the point of the show,” he tweeted.

Next, Connor can be seen as one of the romantic leads of YA adaptation A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, which is expected to release in 2023. And, as of earlier this fall, he was back on the set of Heartsopper with Locke, Finney and the whole crew, so fingers crossed we get to see the next chapter of Nick and Charlie’s romance sooner rather than later!


Heartstopper Star Kit Connor Lands Next Lead Movie Role

Heartstopper‘s Kit Connor is currently filming an adaptation of Laura Taylor Namey’s YA novel A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow.

The story follows Lila Reyes, who after the loss of her dear grandmother walks away from Abuela’s Cuban bakery in Miami so she can spend the summer working at her auntie’s Winchester inn.

Here, she’s enchanted by not just the quaint British countryside, but also the fusion cooking and a charming tea shop clerk.

Via Deadline, it’s been confirmed that Maia Reficco (Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin) and Kate del Castillo (Bad Boys for Life) are also part of the project, with Katherine Fairfax Wright in the director’s chair.

At the time of writing, neither Connor, Reficco or del Castillo’s roles are specified.

Connor was most recently seen in Netflix’s teen drama series Heartstopper, where he plays Nick Nelson. He recently detailed what he wants to see coming to fruition in the second season.

“I suppose what I’d like to see for Nick, I think just the strengthening Nick and Charlie’s relationship.

“In season one, we very much see the young love and the beginnings of their relationship,” he continued. “And I think that it would be lovely, you know – not just to act – also just to see, as well, their relationship just, sort of, get stronger and blossom.”

On the coming-of-age show’s immense popularity, the (now) 18-year-old weighed in with: “I mean, I think that it’s pretty incredible, really, to be able to do a show like Heartstopper at the age of 17.

“It’s more than seeing some of the reactions that it’s had to seeing some of the sorts of effects that it’s had on people’s lives has been, you know, more than touching, it’s been pretty emotional, to be honest.”

Heartstopper is streaming on Netflix. Seasons 2 and 3 have been confirmed.


Kit Connor Signs With WME
July 25

EXCLUSIVE: Kit Connor, the breakout star of Netflix’s Heartstopper, has signed with WME for representation.

The rising British actor is best known for his performance as Nick Nelson opposite Joe Locke’s Charlie in the television adaptation of Heartstopper for Netflix. The buzzy coming–of–age romantic comedy–drama was given a rare two–season renewal by Netflix in May. In Season 1, when gentle Charlie (Locke) and rugby–loving Nick (Connor) meet at secondary school, they quickly discover that their unlikely friendship is blossoming into an unexpected romance. Charlie, Nick and their circle of friends must navigate the ever–relatable journey of self discovery and acceptance, supporting each other as they learn to find their most authentic selves.

Connor played Older Reggie in 2019’s Rocketman alongside Taron Egerton and directed by Dexter Fletcher. He has also appeared in Little Joe and has had roles in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Mercy and Slaughterhouse Rulez.

Connor landed his first film role at the age of eight in the lead role of Tom in Warner Bros. Pictures’ Get Santa.

On the TV side, Connor is known as the voice of Pantalaimon in His Dark Materials. He also recurred in War & Peace and had a lead role in the TV movie Grandpa’s Great Escape.

Connor’s theater credits include Welcome Home, Captain Fox! at the Donmar Warehouse and Fanny & Alexander, where he played Alexander at The Old Vic.

He continues to be repped by Independent Talent Group in the UK.