As season one debuts today, HBO Max has renewed the Max Original series Starstruck, from comedian Rose Matafeo (Baby Done, Horndog) and co-writers Alice Snedden and Nic Sampson, for a second season.
Starstruck follows Jessie (Rose Matafeo), a millennial living in East London juggling two dead end jobs and navigating the complications of becoming romantically involved with famous film star “Tom” (Nikesh Patel), and follows the couple as they realize they can’t keep away from each other.
The season two ensemble cast also includes Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting) and Russell Tovey (Years and Years). Season one is now available to stream on HBO Max.
“Rose is an exciting talent whose international stardom is on the rise,’ said Jeniffer Kim, Senior Vice President of International Originals at HBO Max. “Working with Rose and the team at Avalon has been amazing and so we had to keep it going. We can’t wait for audiences to see this hilarious and quirky love story.”
“I’m thrilled that Starstruck will be returning for a second series in the US on HBO Max. I hope American audiences like my accent as much as I like speaking in it” said creator and writer of Starstruck, Rose Matafeo.
“It is brilliant to have the backing of HBO Max for the exceptionally talented Rose Matafeo and this feel-good comedy,” added executive producer Jon Thoday.
Produced by Avalon (Breeders, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Flatbush Misdemeanours), Starstruck is executive produced by Rose Matafeo, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett and Toby Welch. Claire McCarthy is series producer.
New Zealand born Rose Matafeo has established herself as one of the most exciting new voices in comedy and is firmly fixed as the “voice of millennials” (Comedy Awards).
A regular face on screen, January saw Rose star in the feature film Baby Done from Taika Waititi, while she has featured on BAFTA winning Taskmaster (Ch4), Have I Got News For You (BBC One), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV 1), Unspun with Matt Forde (Dave), Ultimate Worrier (Dave), Hypothetical (UKTV), The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice (Channel 4), The Last Leg (Channel 4), and performed on Conan (TBS).
Rose has acted in BBC Two’s W1A, BBC Three’s Pls Like and Climaxed, and E4’s Dead Pixels, while she wrote and starred in the three-part series Rose Matafeo: Temp for Channel 4’s Comedy Blaps.
In the U.S., she also performed a stand-up slot on Conan (TBS). In New Zealand, Rose is the lead writer and star of the sketch show Funny Girls (TV3), which is in its third season, and she is a regular on panel show 7 Days (Three Now NZ).
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