Actress Joelle Rae will replace Sabrina Bartlett as Mariette Larkin in the new series of ITV drama The Larkins.
The show, which returns later this year for its second season, is based on HE Bates’ novel The Darling Buds Of May and follows the Larkin family of rural Kent in the 1950s.
Filming has begun on six new episodes in the Kent countryside, with Rae taking on the role of Mariette – the Larkins’ eldest daughter.
The 21-year-old, who has previously starred in Emmerdale, Get Even and Starstruck, has taken over the role from Bartlett, 30, who played Mariette in the first series.
A source said Bartlett left the role due to scheduling conflicts, while the Mail on Sunday attributed her departure to “a disagreement on set”.
Bradley Walsh and Bafta winner Joanna Scanlan will return as the well-loved Pop and Ma Larkin.
Tok Stephen will continue his role as Cedric “Charley” Charlton.
Last adapted for the TV drama of the same name 30 years ago, The Darling Buds Of May was a hit, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as Mariette.
The upcoming second series of The Larkins will see the arrival of a new family, the Jerebohms, who are quickly at war with the title characters.
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Pinkie Jerebohm is played by Morgana Robinson, Hector Bateman Harden plays her son Gilbert, and Lucy Allix plays her daughter Blanche.
Husband and father Cuthbert Jerebohm’s casting is yet to be confirmed.
Another newcomer to the village is Reverend Candy, played by Maxim Ays, who immediately raises hearts, including Primrose Larkin’s – played again by Lydia Page.
Liam Middleton as Montgomery Larkin, Lola Shepelev as Victoria Larkin, Summer Miller as Zinnia Larkin and Sienna Miller as Petunia Larkin complete the Larkin family on screen.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/actress-joelle-rae-to-replace-sabrina-bartlett-in-new-series-of-the-larkins-41605292.html Actress Joelle Rae replaces Sabrina Bartlett in new series from The Larkins