Alice Oseman

Jonathan Bailey and Eddie Marsan announced for Heartstopper series three

Joe Locke and Kit Connor as Charlie and Nick are looking intently into each other's eyes, Charlie's hand on Nick's neck

Jonathan Bailey (Bridgerton) is making a cameo as Jack Maddox, a classicist making waves on Instagram and setting Charlie’s heart aflutter.

The series two finale saw Charlie (Joe Locke) open up to boyfriend Nick (Kit Connor) about his history of self-harm. Nick tries to say “I love you”, but can’t quite get the words out. Later, Charlie writes it out in a text, and has his finger over the ‘send’ button, before the episode – and series – comes to an end.

Heartstopper to return for a “bit more steamy” third series in October

Nick and Charlie look into each other's eyes, staring intently, faces a couple of inches away from each other

Series two ended with Charlie (Joe Locke) holding back tears as he opened up to boyfriend Nick (Kit Connor) about his experiences of self-harm.

This time round, the Summer holiday is coming to an end, and university beckons. The future is calling, but right now, all Charlie wants is to hear Nick say “I love you”. Meanwhile, Tao (William Gao) gets to grips with his hobbies, while Charlie’s big sister Tori (Jenny Walser) meets someone new.

In a video confirming the release window, Kit Connor promises: “It’s started to get a bit more steamy” between Charlie and Nick.

Production begins for Heartstopper series three

Alice Oseman’s hugely successful LGBTQ+ graphic novels gained instant popularity as a television series when released by Netflix back in 2020, with its portrayal of gay, lesbian and transgender teenagers resonating around the globe.

Main characters Nick (Kit Connor) and Charlie (Joe Locke) have gone from on-again-off-again flirtations and Nick’s coming out the closet, to going public with their relationship and almost saying those all-important three words in series two’s finale.

Heartstopper series two release date announced

Kit Connor and Joe Locke smiling at each other with cartoon leaves

The coming-of-age romantic comedy stars Kit Connor (Rocketman) and Joe Locke (Agatha: Coven of Chaos) as Nick Nelson and Charlie Spring, teenage boys who begin an unlikely high school friendship before it blossoms into love.

Series two will see a school trip to Paris, stressful exams, and the all-important prom.