Crystal Clarke Talks … Sanditon

Crystal Clarke stars as Georgina Lambe in the ITVX drama series, Sanditon.

The series adapted from Jane Austen’s unfinished novel of the same name follows Charlotte Heywood who moves to Sanditon, a fishing village attempting to reinvent itself as a seaside resort. it’s not long before Charlotte finds herself navigating the secrets and ambitions of the village’s citizens.

As the popular series reaches its final season we spoke to Crystal Clarke about her experience …

Please introduce yourself

Hi, I’m Crystal Clarke, and I am an actress from New Jersey and Tennessee, USA. My parents were born and raised in the West Indies, shout out to Trinidad and Guyana.

Describe your life right now in a word or one sentence …

Energy.

Tell us about your role in Sanditon?

I play Georgiana Lambe, who is the only character of colour written in any work of Jane Austen. Georgiana is mixed race, and she has been brought to Sanditon from Antigua on her father’s wishes. As the richest heiress in Sanditon, all eyes are on her. We follow her on a journey of identity and constant battle for autonomy.

Crystal Clarke as Georgiana Lambe; Rose Williams as Charlotte Heywood – Credit: Joss Barratt (C) Red Planet (Sanditon 3) Ltd

What has been your process for getting into character?

I like to write a backstory when I have prep time, and when I’m home running lines I pace back and forth to find where things fall in my body. For example, there’s always a rhythm to different accents and that usually informs my movement. I rely mainly on my instinct, and I’ve learned the less cerebral my approach is, the better.

What has being a part of the Sanditon series taught you as an actress?

During season 1, I watched others navigate a position of responsibility and leadership. The thought of ever being in that position really scared me. After seasons 2 and 3 I feel much more secure in my discipline as a professional and my compassion as a coworker. Under pressure, it’s easy to fight yourself and everyone else around you. So I was very proud of myself for staying present and “chill AF.”

Tell us a scene or moment from the entire three seasons that will always have a place in your heart?

The cliff scene between Charlotte and Georgiana from season 1-episode 2. That was my first day of work, and I am still so proud of what we accomplished.

Crystal Clarke as Georgiana Lambe – Credit: Courtesy of Joss Barratt (C) Red Planet (Sanditon 3) Ltd
GETTING TO KNOW YOU …

What’s your current plan B?

I don’t have a plan A.

What’s made you Sad, Mad, Glad this week?

Sad? Remembering it’s my Dad’s birthday soon. He passed away last year. Mad? Remembering my birthday is 3 days after that and I still haven’t made plans. Oops! Glad? Booking my next course of horse-riding lessons for the autumn.

What are you watching right now?

I’m pretty obsessed with PBS Documentaries.

What are you reading right now?

Cultish by Amanda Montell.

What are you listening to right now?

I have a country music playlist on repeat in my car.

The last thing you saw on stage?

A play by the name of Not Paul, it was on at the Producers Club Theaters in NYC.

What’s on your bucket list?

Buy a house I love.

Where’s your happy place?

Home with my kitty.

What’s Next?

Hopefully these studios will negotiate a fair deal …

Where can we find you?

On Instagram and Threads @thatcrystalclarke because I am that one of many Crystal Clarkes.

Where can we watch Sanditon?

August 17th on ITVX.

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