Tao Xu (William Gao)
Yr 10 pupil Tao Xu has been finest pals with Charlie, Isaac and Elle since they began at Truham Grammar. He’s performed by William Gao, a newcomer to the performing world found by way of an open casting audition. Originally of Heartstopper, Tao is lacking finest pal Elle after she left Truham to switch to Higgs women’ college. He’s fiercely protecting of Charlie after his pal was outed as homosexual and bullied in Yr 9, and suspicious of Charlie’s new friendship with Nick, whom he sees as no completely different from the boys that bullied Charlie final yr.
Elle Argent (Yasmin Finney)
Yr 11 pupil Elle is a trans lady who beforehand attended Truham Grammar, the place she was bullied. Elle left her pals Charlie, Tao and Isaac behind to start out afresh at Higgs, the place she’s remoted till she develops a friendship with Tara and Darcy. Elle is performed by TikTok star Yasmin Finney, and Heartstopper is her first tv credit score.
Darcy Olsson (Kizzy Edgell)
Heartstopper is 19-year-old newcomer Kizzy Edgell’s first display credit score. They play Darcy, a Yr 11 pupil at Higgs women’ college, in the identical friendship group as Tara and Elle. Darcy and Tara are characters explored by Alice Oseman in further Heartstopper mini comics.
Tara Jones (Corinna Brown)
That is Corinna Brown’s first main tv function, following supporting components in movie, on-line and voice work. Tara is a Yr 11 pupil at Heartstopper’s women’ college, alongside Darcy and Elle.
Tori Spring (Jenny Walser)
Tori (Victoria, however don’t name her that) Spring is the place it began. She was the lead character in Alice Oseman’s debut novel Solitaire, from which the characters of her youthful brother Charlie span off. She’s performed by Jenny Walser, who lately appeared in long-running BBC hit Name the Midwife enjoying Louise Wrigley, a younger girl experiencing extreme psychological well being issues. Like Alice Oseman, Walser graduated from Durham College in 2016.
Mr Ajayi (Fisayo Akinade)
Artwork instructor Mr Ajayi, who offers help and a protected house for Charlie throughout schooltime, is performed by Fisayo Akinade, an actor who first got here to prominence in Russell T. Davies’ Banana and Cucumber for Channel 4. Alongside main roles in British theatre, Akinade has appeared in a number of TV and movie roles together with The Woman With All of the Items and can quickly be seen within the new TV adaptation of French basic Harmful Liaisons.