Sanditon: Who is Matthew Needham? Star of ITV's divisive Jane Austen adaptation!

Matthew Needham attends the press night after party for "The Twilight Zone" at The Almeida Theatre on December 12, 2017 in London, England.

This latest Jane Austen adaptation has audiences pretty split.

Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park... Sanditon?

Needless to say, devoted fans will take any adaptation of Jane Austen's work very seriously; whether it's an unfinished work or not doesn't matter, it's still Austen in the keen eyes of admirers. 

Over the years, we've seen some truly spellbinding screen adaptations of the English novelist's source material, and inevitably, we've seen some rather underwhelming ones too. The latest to reach screens is Sanditon, which according to Wikipedia she began writing in January 1817. It was originally called The Brothers, and she wrote eleven chapters before ceasing to continue; the unfinished work was published in 1925. 

Now, audiences have been invited to experience it courtesy of ITV

Theo James, Crystal Clarke and Belinda Campbell of Theo James, Crystal Clarke and Belinda Campbell of "Sanditon" speak during the PBS segment of the Summer 2019 Television Critics Association Press Tour 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on...

ITV's Sanditon divides

The eight-part series from Andrew Davies (House of Cards) arrived on Sunday, 25th August 2019. Episodes are scheduled to air weekly, but as things stand right now, reactions have been a little heated. 

In a critique of the show, one Twitter user wrote: "Last night's episode of Sanditon was dreadful! So vulgar. Nothing like Jane. Ugh! I enjoyed the first, but not last night's. I shall persevere with it and hope it improves." Similarly, another added "Jane having written so little, I understood this drama would be mostly fan fiction, but had hoped the essence of Jane would be preserved. Last night, I saw nothing of Jane. Just vulgarity and crudeness. Awful."

However, that's not to say it hasn't attracted admirers: "I love every character in #Sanditon which for in a TV show has never happened to me before. I also have never genuinely laughed so much before, last night episode was fantastic." It has received a lot of hostility on social media due to its deviation from the sort of content most associate with the classic author. On the other hand, the cast has gone down rather well...

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Matthew Needham: Movies & TV

With a cast boasting the likes of Theo James (Divergent), Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax), Kris Marshall (Citizen Khan) and more, they've clearly done something right. 

One of the stars to attract attention is Matthew Needham, who fulfils the role of Mr. Crowe. According to Wikipedia, the 35-year-old actor has performed for such prestigious theatre companies as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court and beyond. 

As for his screenwork though, let's take a look at his filmography. Matthew appeared in Benjamin Cleary's drama short Stutterer back in 2015, but more notably, he played Junkie in the 2017 horror film The Ritual - many genre fans considered it one of the highlights of that year. He hasn't been in many films, but TV series on the other hand...

Across his acting career, hes appeared in Casualty (he played Toby De Silva), Sherlock (Bezza), Monroe (David Foster), The Hollow Crown (Basset), Endeavour (Dudley Jessop), Doctors (Kieran Barnes) and last but not least, he played Dmitri in the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries, Chernobyl

(L to R) Matthew Needham, Patsy Ferran, Anjana Vasan, Nancy Crane and Forbes Masson attend the press night after party for (L to R) Matthew Needham, Patsy Ferran, Anjana Vasan, Nancy Crane and Forbes Masson attend the press night after party for "Summer And Smoke" at The Almeida Theatre on March 7, 2018 in...

Follow him on Twitter!

If you're enjoying him in Sanditon, you'll definitely want to head over to Twitter and give him a follow at @MrMattNeedham.

He doesn't post all that frequently but retweets some interesting stuff surrounding his work; more recently, it's been the reception of Chernobyl and material promoting Sanditon

At the moment, there are no forthcoming roles listed on his IMDb page, but his Twitter feed may act as a good indication of upcoming work in the near future. For now, if you're on the supportive side of Sanditon, we hope you enjoy the rest of what it has to offer!

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