British acting legends join ‘Wednesday’ season two
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British acting legends join 'Wednesday' season two

Season two of Tim Burton’s hit television show, Wednesday, has entered production, with several new stars set to make an appearance in the series. 

Filming is taking place in Ireland, where Jenna Ortega will reprise her role as the moody titular protagonist, based on the classic character who first appeared in a series of Charles Addams cartoons in the New Yorker in 1938. 

The character has been played by several actors throughout the years as the Addams Family have appeared on screen, such as Lisa Loring and Christina Ricci. Ortega’s portrayal of the character has been widely praised, with Wednesday becoming one of Netflix’s most-streamed shows of all time. 

Season one debuted in November 2022, with a second season announced two months later. In the meantime, many clips from Wednesday went viral online, such as the prom scene soundtracked by The Cramps, which became a popular TikTok dance.

Now, season two is in the process of filming, which Ortega has teased as being even better and more cinematic than the first one. According to showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar (via Netflix Tudum), “Our goal this season was to discover some fresh faces as well as invite some acting legends we’ve always admired to join Jenna and the gang at Nevermore.” 

Many iconic actors have been recruited to join the cast of Wednesday, including several British stars. Joanna Lumley, best known for playing Patsy Stone in the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, will be appearing as Grandmama, although this appears to be a guest role. She has previously appeared in one of Burton’s other projects, The Corpse Bride, as Maudeline Everglot. 

Similarly, Thandiwe Newton will be guest-starring as Dr Fairburn, while American actors like Haley Joel Osment and Heather Matarazzo will also make small appearances in the show.

Meanwhile, British star Billie Piper is set to have a recurring role as Capri, and legendary Hollywood actor Steve Buscemi (who has previously worked with Burton on Big Fish) will star as Barry Dort. Other actors set to receive regular roles in the show are Noah Taylor, Owen Painter and Evie Templeton. 

One actor who will not be returning to Wednesday is Percy Hynes White, who played Xavier Thorpe in season one. He was accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of the show’s release, and while he has denied all claims, the actor has been dropped from the show. 

Watch the official cast reveal below.