Olivia Cooke and Synnove Karlsen are ‘forerunners to replace Sabrina Bartlett on The Larkins’

Olivia Cooke and Synnove Karlsen are said to be in the running to replace Sabrina Bartlett on The Larkins after her shock departure from the ITV show.

Sabrina, who played eldest child Mariette, quit the show with sources previously telling the Daily Mail that her departure came after a ‘sensitive’ on-set disagreement.

Following her sudden exit, Olivia is in the running to take on the role of Mariette with Synnove being described as the other ‘frontrunner’, according to The Sun. 

Taking over? Olivia Cooke and Synnove Karlsen are said to be in the running to replace Sabrina Bartlett on The Larkins after she quit the ITV show

Taking over? Olivia Cooke and Synnove Karlsen are said to be in the running to replace Sabrina Bartlett on The Larkins after she quit the ITV show

A TV insider told the publication: ‘[Olivia and Synnove] are seen as the front-runners to replace Sabrina. They are very talented actresses, so it’s easy to see how they have become contenders.’

Olivia, 30, is best-known for starring as Emma Decody in thriller series Bates Motel, while she also played Becky Sharp in period drama show Vanity Fair.

She was also cast in the Oscar-nominated drama Sound Of Metal and Steven Spielberg’s adventure Ready Player One.

And Scottish actress Synnove, 25, recently starred in horror movie Last Night in Soho alongside Matt Smith and Anya Taylor-Joy.

Career: Scottish actress Synnove, 25, recently starred in horror movie Last Night in Soho alongside Matt Smith and Anya Taylor-Joy

Career: Scottish actress Synnove, 25, recently starred in horror movie Last Night in Soho alongside Matt Smith and Anya Taylor-Joy

MailOnline has contacted Olivia and Synnove’s representatives and ITV for comment. 

Sabrina’s departure from The Larkins left ITV scrambling to find a replacement for a second series which is expected to be announced later this year. 

At the time, her publicist confirmed to the Daily Mail that she was leaving the show, citing ‘scheduling clashes’.

But a source claimed that Sabrina, 30, had left following a disagreement on set.

Another source close to the actress told the Mail that Sabrina was in talks with ITV and had split from the agency who represented her as a result of the disagreement, which they described as ‘sensitive’.

Departure: Sabrina, who played eldest child Mariette, quit the show with sources previously telling the Daily Mail that it came after a 'sensitive' on-set disagreement

Departure: Sabrina, who played eldest child Mariette, quit the show with sources previously telling the Daily Mail that it came after a ‘sensitive’ on-set disagreement

Sabrina took on the role that launched Catherine Zeta-Jones’s career after ITV announced a remake of The Darling Buds Of May.

Speaking ahead of the series’ launch last year, she described the cast as a ‘wild family’. 

She added: ‘I felt very at home with everybody, sort of like falling down the rabbit hole and having a family overnight… After such a hard year for everybody, I think even being on set at all was such a privilege.’ 

The Larkins follows a working-class family enjoying rural life in Kent.

Bradley Walsh, 61, and Joanna Scanlan, 60, took over from Sir David Jason and Pam Ferris, who starred in the hit 90s adaptation of HE Bates’s novels.

The Larkins: At the time, Sabrina's publicist cited 'scheduling clashes' as her reason for leaving, but a source claimed that Sabrina, 30, had left following a disagreement on set

The Larkins: At the time, Sabrina’s publicist cited ‘scheduling clashes’ as her reason for leaving, but a source claimed that Sabrina, 30, had left following a disagreement on set

Sabrina’s onscreen siblings include young actors Liam Middleton as Montgomery, twins Rosie and Davina Coleman as Petunia and Zinnia, Lola Shepelev as Victoria and Lydia Page as Primrose.

Tony Gardner, Peter Davison and Tok Stephen, who plays Mariette’s love interest Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton, also star.

The first series, penned by Simon Nye of Men Behaving Badly fame, aired last autumn with the final episode attracting five million viewers who watched to find out if Mariette would leave for Paris alone. 

It was followed by a Christmas Day special which pulled in an average of 1.8million viewers, and saw the young couple announcing their engagement.

Speaking as they began filming the Christmas special, Sabrina previously said: ‘[I’m] definitely very excited and it’s so great to be back working with everybody again, in this wonderful, eccentric, mad village.’

In November, she shared a collection of images from her time on set, capturing shots of herself covered in strawberry juice after a ‘boisterous, mayhem-filled’ shoot.

Last month, Sir David branded the series ‘quite good’. 

He added: ‘Not quite as good as the original but yeah it was fine. I did not give Bradley any advice. No, he did not ask for it. He did not need it.’ 

Sabrina – who split from her boyfriend of three years, Tom Greaves, last year – has previously starred in ITV’s Victoria and Netflix hit Bridgerton in which she played Siena Rosso.

ITV declined to comment at the time.

Drama: Sabrina played eldest child Mariette alongside Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan as her parents Pop and Ma Larkin

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