Sanditon’s Sidney Parker has certainly made his presence felt in the ITV drama but just who plays him?

While the wait for the Downton Abbey film continues, viewers can certainly make the most of Sanditon in order to get their period drama fix.

The unfinished Jane Austen story has been given a new lease of life in the ITV adaptation and has introduced us to a whole range of new characters to love and loathe. 

One such character that manages to tread the fine line between loving and loathing is Sidney Parker, a charming rogue who viewers and the show’s lead can’t help but fall for.

But just who plays this enigmatic character? 

The story of Sanditon

Sanditon, which is an unfinished Jane Austen novel, tells the story of Charlotte Heywood as she hopes to start a new life in the titular town of Sanditon.

Despite hoping for a peaceful life in her new home, Charlotte is quickly met with scandal and a whole wave of potential suitors including the tall, dark-haired and handsome Sidney Parker who certainly makes his presence felt when he bursts onto the scene.

Who plays Sidney Parker?

Sidney Parker is played by 34-year-old actor Theo James.

The High Wycombe-born James takes on the role of Sidney Parker and brings a more roguish nature to the primary love interest that would make Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy quake in his water-soaked boots. 

What else has Theo James been in?

Despite not being the most instantly recognisable of names, you’re more than likely to have seen Theo James appear in something without quite realising. 

The actor began his career starring alongside Billie Piper in the 2010 series A Passionate Woman before going on to appear in the likes of Downton Abbey also in 2010 and The Inbetweeners Movie in 2012.

However, Theo’s biggest role to date came in the Divergent series, alongside the likes of Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort.

More recently he has gone onto appear in several Netflix originals including How It Ends, Castlevania and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. 

With an impressive filmography to his name already and a bright future still ahead of him, we’re bound to see Theo James in plenty more films and TV shows in the coming years.

In the meantime, Sanditon continues on Sunday, September 15th on ITV at 9pm.

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