I would be remiss not to comment about Rose Williams’ performance in Sanditon. When I wrote about the character of Charlotte Heywood as portrayed in season one, I admired the fictional young lady’s personality. Andrew Davies took a short sketch of a character by Jane Austen and developed her into a wonderful person. Of course, it takes an actress to portray that individual, by infusing life into the character from being mere words in a screenplay to what we actually watch on the television screen. Rose’s enormous talent drew in the audience, allowing us to connect to the character and become invested in her journey. Charlotte came to life for us, and the last frame of her tearful carriage ride of season one stayed with us even after the cancellation of the show.
Now we are back with season two, and Rose has reprised her role as Charlotte Heywood. Thank goodness she was available and decided to return, along with other actors, to give us a continuation of the story that fans campaigned to bring back. From the first scene in season two, it was obvious that Rose was playing a different Charlotte. Instantly, we were aware of her grieving over Sidney’s death, her hesitancy to fall in love again, and her cynical attitude toward marriage as a result of deep hurt. Rose expertly brought all those emotions to the surface, giving us a fantastic performance. Once again, we were witness to Charlotte’s journey of grief, adventure, young love, and painful decisions.
What impresses me as a fan of Sanditon, is that Rose cared about the show and her performance, showing respect for the fans who campaigned to bring it back. In a recent Collider article, Ben Lloyd-Hughes mentioned, “She had ownership of who Charlotte is.” She expressed her opinion on how to make everything better. Like Ben, she took it seriously to give the fans what they wanted — a Jane Austen-inspired continuation of Sanditon, expertly written by the creators and performed with heart by its actors.
If you have the time and ability, I encourage you to express your appreciation to Rose on her Twitter page or Instagram. Below are a few wonder Gifs and a clip from Masterpiece as Charlotte Heywood. Feel free to leave your appreciation of Rose’s performance in the comments below.