Heartstopper Season 3: Release Date, Cast, Trailer, and Everything You Need to Know

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Have you finished rewatching Heartstopper season 2 for the fifth time? Have no fear: The queer, British, coming-of-age rom-com series is coming back for season 3 very soon.

Back in May 2022, only a month after its season 1 premiere, Netflix announced that Heartstopper had officially received a double renewal for season 2 and season 3. Heartstopper, which is based on the graphic novel and webcomic series of the same name created by Alice Oseman, is one of Netflix's best-reviewed series and has earned critical acclaim for its positive representation of young queer people. The show has become a massive hit for the streamer and has developed a large, devoted fanbase. Heartstopper fans on social media have been vocal about the impact the show has had on them IRL, including a few who were inspired to come out after watching the series.

Nick and Charlie are just getting started, and we are more than ready for the next chapter of their love story to play out on-screen. Below, we've created a guide to everything we know so far about Heartstopper season 3, including the trailer, plot details, new cast members (hello, Jonathan Bailey?) and returning characters, and the third season's release date on Netflix.

→ Announcement and renewal
→ Cast
→ Plot details
→ Trailer
→ Confirmed release date

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Horizontal line featuring Hearstopper's trademark leaves.

When is Heartstopper season 3 coming out on Netflix?

Netflix has officially confirmed that Heartstopper season 3 will premiere on October 3, 2024.

The streaming platform announced the news on May 13 with a short clip from the upcoming season that features an exclusive snippet of “Birds of a Feather,” a song from Billie Eilish's new album Hit Me Hard and Soft. The adorable clip opens with Charlie practicing saying “I love you” to Nick in the mirror, worrying over the pressure Nick might feel to say it back. When Nick arrives to meet Charlie at his front door, the exclusive track swells with Eilish singing the words unsaid between them: “I'll love you 'til the day that I die.

Netflix previously announced that Heartstopper season 3 would arrive in the fall with a behind-the-scenes video starring Joe Locke and Kit Connor. In the announcement video, the two leads gave fans a peek at what's going to happen in episode 8, the very last episode of the season. “Nick and Charlie have… It's started to get a bit more steamy,” Connor teases. “We are about to have a great time.”

The rest of the video revealed snippets of the upcoming season, including a super fan fair, while the actors spilled on what to expect from their characters as the series progresses. “The tension is high,” says Connor. “Sexual tension, love, we're all there.”

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When was Heartstopper season 3 announced?

Will Gao and Yasmin Finney in Heartstopper season 2

Heartstopper Season 2

Will Gao and Yasmin Finney in Heartstopper season 2
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Heartstopper season 3 was announced at the same time as Heartstopper season 2. Netflix granted the show a back-to-back renewal in May 2022, locking in their streaming slot for two more seasons. The show's cast shared their excitement about the news on social media, with Joe Locke captioning an Instagram photo dump behind-the-scenes shots: “HOW MANY MORE SEASONS??? ✌️✌️✌️✌️✌️✌️✌️✌️”

Yasmin Finney also posted a photo dump of BTS shots, with her and her castmates holding up the peace sign in nearly every pic. “[Two] more seasons plz,” she captioned the post with a two-finger emoji. Heartstopper creator Alice Oseman also celebrated on Twitter, sharing a video from Netflix's official Twitter account of them literally illustrating the news. “Seasons 2 and 3, here we come!!!” Oseman tweeted, complete with a leaf emoji.

Filming for season 3 began in early October 2023 and wrapped nearly two months later in December. The streamer celebrated the beginning of the production with a photo of series creator Alice Oseman wearing a cozy fall sweater and, very on brand, holding up a slate with Charlie and Nick's cartoon portraits drawn on it. “AND ACTION!! 🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂,” the streamer captioned the post, adding, also on brand, a bunch of fallen leaves emojis.

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Who is in the cast of Heartstopper season 3?

From left to right: Tobie Donovan, Evan Ovenell, Nima Taleghani, Cormac Hyde-Corrin, Jack Barton, Leila Khan, Joe Locke, Kit Connor, Rhea Norwood, Jenny Walser, Kizzy Edgell, Corinna Brown, Yasmin Finney, Momo Yeung, and William Gao
From left to right: Tobie Donovan, Evan Ovenell, Nima Taleghani, Cormac Hyde-Corrin, Jack Barton, Leila Khan, Joe Locke, Kit Connor, Rhea Norwood, Jenny Walser, Kizzy Edgell, Corinna Brown, Yasmin Finney, Momo Yeung, and William Gao
Courtesy of Netflix

The entire main cast of Heartstopper is expected to return for season 3. This includes Kit Connor (who plays Nick), Joe Locke (Charlie), Yasmin Finney (Elle), William Gao (Tao), Corinna Brown (Tara), Kizzy Edgell (Darcy), Tobie Donovan (Isaac), Jenny Walser (Tori), Rhea Norwood (Imogen), and Leila Khan (Sahar).

Heartstopper season 2 introduced Khan's role as Sahar Zahid, a character from the original webcomic who attends Higgs. Khan landed the part “after a nation-wide” open search; her portrayal of Sahar was her first-ever professional acting role. During season 2, the show also welcomed seven additional cast members who could very well return for season 3. Jack Barton portrayed David Nelson, Nick's older brother; Nima Taleghani played Mr. Farouk, a schoolteacher at Truham; Bradley Riches, played James McEwan; Bel Priestley and Ash Self played Naomi and Felix, respectively, new friends of Elle; and Thibault de Montalembert portrayed Stephane, Nick’s dad.


Related: Heartstopper Season 2 Star William Gao Says Short-Haired Tao is “More Vulnerable”


In late November 2023, creator Alice Oseman announced the addition of actor Darragh Hand as Michael Holden on Instagram. “As well as appearing in the Heartstopper graphic novels, Michael — along with Tori — is one of the main characters of my first-ever novel, Solitaire. So I was very nervous and excited to begin the search for our Michael!" Oseman captioned the post.

That's not all — Bridgerton's Jonathan Bailey has also joined Heartstopper season 3 as a guest star. Pictures that appeared to show Bailey in character started circulating on social media on March 13, 2024. A little over a month later, Netflix finally confirmed the news with an official announcement video of Bailey's casting.

Bailey has joined the series as a version of Henry Maddox, an English scholar and former musician introduced in Oseman's mini-comic The Ethics of Infatuation Dynamics. (Spoiler alert: both Charlie and Nick have a platonic crush on him.) For the series, the character has been renamed as Jack Maddox. Hand and Bailey are not the only new additions to the cast — actors Hayley Atwell and Eddie Marsan have also joined Heartstopper season 3 as Nick's aunt Diane and Charlie's therapist Geoff.

These exciting additions should soften the blow of bad news that a major character is exiting the series. British actor Olivia Colman, who played Nick's mother Sarah Nelson, is set to exit the show due to scheduling conflicts. “I couldn’t do number three. I couldn’t fit it in. I feel awful about that," Colman recently told Forbes. The actor continued to say that Heartstopper was “one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever been part of” and teased that “as long as it’s booked in advance,” she might be able to return for a potential fourth season.

Olivia Colman as Sarah Nelson in Heartstopper season one.
Olivia Colman as Sarah Nelson in Heartstopper season one.
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Fans of the comics know why Colman's departure is so devastating, as many expected to see a pivotal scene from the pages play out on screen. “I know many of you – comic fans especially – will be upset and concerned about how we will move forward without Nick’s mum," series creator Oseman addressed on their Instagram Stories. "I know there is one scene in particular that many of you have been looking forward to in season 3, and you [are] feeling disappointed and disheartened with us. I totally understand – I was really worried, too, when I first found out," she wrote.

“If there is one thing I could ask of you, it’s to not give up on us quite yet," Oseman continued. "I have done everything in my power to preserve that scene as written in the comic, and I’ve written in some new elements of the story to ensure that it gives us the emotional punch that it gives in the comic. And as for the rest of the season – please have faith! Nick’s story from the comics is still there, still infinitely important to me, and Sarah’s role as emotional support for Nick will shift to other characters in the story for now. If we get a season four, I would love for Olivia to be a part of it again!”

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What will Heartstopper season 3 be about?

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Heartstopper Season 2

Samuel Dore

Warning: slight spoilers for Heartstopper season 2 ahead.

Heartstopper season 1 covered the events of Volume One and Two of the Heartstopper graphic novel series, written by Alice Oseman and published in 2019. Season 2 was based on Heartstopper Volume Three, in which Nick and Charlie encounter their first real relationship problems and go on a school trip to Paris. The third and fourth volumes of the graphic novel series were released in 2020 and 2021, respectively, and the fifth installment hit shelves in December 2023. A sixth and final book has also been announced, but there is no release date yet.


Related: Kit Connor and Joe Locke’s Friendship Is Heartstopper's Unsung Love Story


On May 13, 2024, at the same time as the release date reveal, Netflix shared the official synopsis for season 3. “Charlie would like to tell Nick that he loves him. Nick also has something important to say to Charlie. As the summer holiday ends and the months race on, the friends begin to realise that the school year will come with both its joys and its challenges. As they learn more about each other and their relationships, plan social events and parties and start thinking about university choices, everyone must learn to lean on those they love when life doesn't go to plan.”

Fans have speculated that season 3 of the series could depict the events of Volume Four, further fleshing out Charlie's eating disorder storyline that was briefly introduced in season 2. The official novel synopsis reads as follows: “Charlie and Nick's relationship has been going really well, and Charlie thinks he's ready to say those three little words: I love you. Nick feels the same way, but he's got a lot on his mind — especially the thought of coming out to his dad and the fact that Charlie might have an eating disorder. As a new school year begins, Charlie and Nick will have to learn what love really means.”

Back in fall 2023, Netflix unveiled a photo of the script for the first episode of the season, which includes the episode's title. “Heartstopper Season 3. Episode 1. Love,” the platform shared. “That's all we can tell you for now — but we'll be back, as will Nick and Charlie.”

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Is there a trailer for Heartstopper season 3?

There is no full trailer for Heartstopper season 3 as of yet, but it's surely on the way. In the meantime, let's take a trip down memory lane and rewatch the trailers for Heartstopper seasons 1 and 2 below:

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This story will be updated as more news about Heartstopper season 3 breaks.


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