Why was Dev recast in The A List?

Jacob Dudman portrayed Dev in season one of The A List, but did not return to the show for season two, as he was replaced by Barnaby Tobias.

The A List is a British teen streaming television series created by Dan Berlinka and Nina Metivier. The first season premiered on BBC in October 2018.

The show follows Mia, played by Lisa Ambalavanar, who arrives at a summer camp on an island. She soon discovers that the camp, as well as the island, holds dark secrets.

Although BBC dropped the show, Netflix picked it up and renewed it for a second season, which premiered on Friday, 25 June 2021.

Mia’s on-screen lover, Dev, was portrayed by Jacob Dudman throughout season one. However, Dudman did not return for season two of the show, as he secured a role as Giulio de Medici in the third series of the popular Netflix show Medici.

The subsequent year, he took on supporting lead roles in Netflix’s “The Stranger” and ‘Sam’ in “FATE: The Winx Saga” in Dublin.

In 2021, he reprised his role in ‘Fate: The Winx Saga’ season 2 and secured the lead in the LGBTQ+ drama ‘Now and Then,’ co-starring with Richard Armitage and Stephen Fry. Currently, Jacob is filming an undisclosed feature film in Budapest.

In early 2023, Dudman set up HG4, a film and television studio that strives to empower emerging film talents, focusing on providing experience and exposure, with a mission to amplify storytelling voices from the North of England.

Apart from his love for the screen, Dudman serves as an ambassador for Causeway Charity, a national organization committed to supporting marginalized individuals, including survivors of modern slavery and those caught in cycles of exploitation and crime, in overcoming trauma and building independent, fulfilling lives.

Acting newcomer, Barnaby Tobias has been cast to portray Dev in the second season. After seeing Tobias on-screen for the first time, fans were curious to know more about his past.

He is represented by United Agents and his only listed experience in film and television is The A List. However, his profile states that he has featured in a number of stage productions for The Oxford School of Drama.

In December 2023, Tobias demonstrated his skills as both a writer and director with his latest production, Putrid Beauty at Actors East Theatre in Dalston, UK.