2020s

Know the Cast: ‘Heartstopper’

Heartstopper Cast - Every Performer and Character in the Netflix Series

The Heartstopper cast features Joe Locke, Kit Connor and Yasmin Finney. This info article contains minor spoilers for Alice Oseman’s Netflix series. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Heartstopper explores the relationship between two teenagers at the Truham Grammar School for Boys. Charlie Spring looks for love after being outed, and then forms a bond with his presumably straight teammate, Nick Nelson. The narrative follows the main protagonists as they deal with deception, bullying and misunderstandings. Here’s every main performer and character in Heartstopper, an adaptation of Alice Oseman’s graphic novel.

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Heartstopper Cast: Joe Locke as Charlie Spring

Heartstopper Cast - Joe Locke as Charlie Spring

Character Profile: An openly gay teenager at Truham Grammar School for Boys. He pursues a romance with a closeted classmate who refuses to acknowledge him in public. Charlie forms a meaningful bond with a rugby teammate and tries to figure out if they can be more than just friends.

Locke’s Resume: TV Debut in Heartstopper

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Heartstopper Cast: Kit Connor as Nick Nelson

Heartstopper Cast - Kit Connor as Nick Nelson

Character Profile: A popular rugby player. He is attracted to women but recognizes a romantic connection with Charlie. Nick stands up for the closest people in his life while exploring his sexuality.

Connor’s Resume: Archie Beckles in Rocket’s Island (2014-15), Reb Kid in Ready Player One (2018), Jack in Grandpa’s Great Escape (2018), Older Reggie in Rocketman (2019), Pantalaimon in His Dark Materials (2019-20)

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Heartstopper Cast: Yasmin Finney as Elle Argent

Heartstopper Cast - Yasmin Finney as Elle Argent

Character Profile: A transgender student at Harvey Greene Grammar School for Girls. She feels like an outsider after transferring from a different school. Elle joins Charlie’s friend group.

Finney’s Resume: TV Debut in Heartstopper

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Heartstopper Cast: William Gao as Tao Xu

Heartstopper Cast - William Gao as Tao Xu

Character Profile: Charlie’s good friend. He’s a charismatic teenager who befriends Elle. Tao worries about being the last to learn details about Charlie’s relationship with Nick.

Gao’s Resume: TV Debut in Heartstopper

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Heartstopper Cast: Sebastian Croft as Ben Hope

Heartstopper Cast - Sebastian Croft as Ben Hope

Character Profile: A closeted teenager at Truham Grammar School for Boys. He kisses Charlie in private and then disrespects him in public. Ben gets jealous and worries about his reputation.

Croft’s Resume: Young Ned Stark in Game of Thrones (2016), Boy Familiar in Penny Dreadful (2016), Atti in Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans (2019), Anne’s Peter in Where Is Anne Frank (2021), Charles Rowland in Doom Patrol (2021)

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Heartstopper Cast: Olivia Colman as Sarah Nelson

Heartstopper Cast - Olivia Colman as Sarah Nelson

Character Profile: Nick’s mother. She appears sporadically throughout season 1 and offers life advice to her son. Sarah can tell that Nick and Charlie have a “special” friendship.

Colman’s Resume: PC Doris Thatcher in Hot Fuzz (2007), Queen Anne in The Favourite (2018), Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown (2019-20), Anne in The Father (2020), Leda Caruso in The Lost Daughter (2021)

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The Heartstopper cast also includes Cormac Hyde-Corrin (TV debut), Tobie Donovan (TV debut), Rhea Norwood (TV debut), Corinna Brown (Daphne, The Show Must Go Online) and Kizzy Edgell (TV debut).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.