Bridgerton’s Sabrina Bartlett rides a horse as she joins Bradley Walsh in Darling Buds Of May remake


Work has been underway on the highly anticipated remake of classic TV series The Darling Buds Of May for the past several weeks.

And Sabrina Bartlett was spotted getting into character as Mariette Larkin earlier this week, as she shot scenes for ITV’s The Larkins in the Croydon area.

The 29-year-old actress, who shot to fame through her role as Siena Rosso on hit Netflix show Bridgerton, looked glam as she galloped around the set on a horse.

Shooting star: Sabrina Bartlett was spotted getting into character as Mariette Larkin earlier this week, as she shot scenes for ITV’s The Larkins in the Croydon area

Sporting a red-and-pink striped T-shirt and grey jodhpurs with a pair of black boots, the London native smiled broadly as she galloped around before rolling cameras.

With her chestnut brown tresses styled in voluminous curls, the screen star highlighted her natural beauty with a light palette of makeup.

She was joined on the set by comedian and actor Bradley Walsh, who is taking on the role of the role of her screen dad Pop Larkin in the upcoming adaptation.

He was pictured in character on set on Friday as he donned a checked shirt, a brown waistcoat and dark grey trousers.

Co-star: She was joined on the set by comedian and actor Bradley Walsh, who is taking on the role of the role of Pop Larkin in the upcoming adaptation

Co-star: She was joined on the set by comedian and actor Bradley Walsh, who is taking on the role of the role of Pop Larkin in the upcoming adaptation

Getting into character: Ensuring he gave his best performance possible, the beloved TV star was seen rehearsing his lines in character in between takes

Getting into character: Ensuring he gave his best performance possible, the beloved TV star was seen rehearsing his lines in character in between takes

Pop style: The star was pictured in character on set on Friday as he donned a checked shirt

Outfit: He teamed his shirt with  a brown waistcoat and dark grey trousers

Pop style: The star was pictured in character on set on Friday as he donned a checked shirt, a brown waistcoat and dark grey trousers

Ensuring he gave his best performance possible, the beloved TV star was seen rehearsing his lines in character in between takes.

The Chase Host, 60, sported the signature sideburns made famous by Sir David Jason, who played Pop Larkin in the original ITV series in the 1990s.

Crew members were seen capturing all of the action on camera as they milled around the set of the show, which is being filmed in the Croydon area.

In a statement after his role as Pop Larkin was announced, the actor commented: ‘I’m thrilled to be asked to be part of this much loved and iconic series of stories. 

‘The warmth and affection that HE Bates has generated through his books is so uplifting and I cannot wait to be part of the Larkin family. It’ll be a hoot!’

The new six-part series will be shown on ITV but this time it is called The Larkins and will be penned by The Durrells writer Simon Nye.

Set in the Kent countryside, the family drama follows the lives of The Larkins and their six children who navigate their idyllic life while dealing with threats from government officials.

It comes after it was announced earlier this month that Bridgerton star Sabrina will play Pop Larkin’s daughter Mariette Larkin in the new TV version of HE Bates’ novels.

The role was responsible for launching the career of Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, 51, who portrayed Mariette in the original ITV series.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Sabrina revealed she was ‘really REALLY excited’ to be appearing in the remake.

She said: ‘I can’t wait to bring these heart-warming stories to life alongside such a wonderful team. It’s just the perfect dose of escapism we all need right now.’

Also among the cast is Joanna Scanlan, 59, who takes over from Pam Ferris as Pop’s wife Ma Larkin. 

Mariette’s love interest Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton is played by Tok Stephen and was previously played by Philip Franks in the original series.

The popular ’90s family drama, which was set in ’50s, starred Sir David Jason as Pop Larkin – who lives on a farm in the Kent countryside.

David introduced his catchphrase ‘perfick’ on the show and followed him and his wife Ma and their children in all their antics.

Catherine Zeta Jones’ fame rose rapidly after appearing on the show, leading to her move to Hollywood, where she met and married screen star Michael Douglas.

Lookalike: Sabrina Bartlett (pictured) has been cast as Mariette in the ITV remake of The Darling Buds of May

Career: The same role which catapulted Catherine Zeta Jones to stardom (pictured in 1991)

Lookalike: Sabrina Bartlett (left) has been cast as Mariette in the ITV remake of The Darling Buds of May – the same role which catapulted Catherine Zeta Jones (right) to stardom

A vision: The role was responsible for launching the career of Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, now 51, who portrayed Mariette in the original ITV series (pictured in 1991)

A vision: The role was responsible for launching the career of Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, now 51, who portrayed Mariette in the original ITV series (pictured in 1991)

Matriarch: Among the cast is Joanna Scanlan, 59, who takes over from Pam Ferris as Pop’s wife Ma Larkin

Original: Pam Ferris as Ma Larkin pictured in 1992

Matriarch: Among the cast is Joanna Scanlan, 59, (left) who takes over from Pam Ferris (right) as Pop’s wife Ma Larkin

Original cast: The popular Nineties family drama, which was set in 50s, followed Pop Laarkin, his wife Ma and their children in all their antics

Original cast: The popular Nineties family drama, which was set in 50s, followed Pop Laarkin, his wife Ma and their children in all their antics

Romance: Mariette’s love interest Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton is played by Tok Stephen (pictured) and was previously played by Philip Franks in the original series

Pictured: Philip Franks in the original Nineties family drama

Romance: Mariette’s love interest Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton is played by Tok Stephen (left) and was previously played by Philip Franks (right) in the original series



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