English actor, writer, and filmmaker, Jacob Dudman, who plays Sam Harvey on the Netflix series, Fate: The Winx Saga, did not return for the second season of The A List. This piqued the fan’s interest in the reason for his departure from the show.

The A List is returning for another season after a three-year hiatus since season one. The first season of the teen thriller premiered on BBC iPlayer in 2018, and it later enjoyed success when it made its global Netflix debut in 2019.

Even though the cast of The A List had a long wait between Seasons 1 and 2, most of the original stars returned for the new set of episodes. However, Dudman does not appear in the show.

He may have left the show because he was playing on the two other Netflix series and didn’t have enough time to play the role. Aside from the cast change, the second season differs significantly from the first.

Season 1 had 13 episodes, while Season 2 had only eight. Dan Berlinka and Nina Metivier directed the second season. The possibility of a third season of The A List has yet to be confirmed.

Barnaby Tobias replaced Jacob Dudman in ‘The A List’

In the most recent episodes, Barnaby Tobias, a relative newcomer, takes over from Jacob Dudman, who played Dev throughout the first season.

With a new actor in the role of Mia’s love interest, audiences are naturally curious about the actor’s background and where they might recognize him from.

Tobias is a newbie American actor who made his acting debut through The A List. However, according to his profile, he has performed in several stage productions for The Oxford School of Drama.

Barnaby Tobias replaces Jacod Dudman as Dev in season 2 of Netflix's 'The A List'

Barnaby Tobias replaces Jacod Dudman as Dev in season 2 of Netflix’s ‘The A List.’ (Source: Instagram)

Following Dudman’s replacement, fans may wonder what the previous Dev actor has been up to. He can be seen as Sam Harvey in the Netflix fantasy series Fate: The Winx Saga. In 2020, he appeared as Medici in The Stranger and as the Narrator in The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Fans’ Reaction to the replacement of Dev 

Fans are dissatisfied with the replacement of Dudman, who played Dev, with newcomer Tobias. One of the users tweeted, “Why was Dev recast in A List Season 2? I adore Jacob Dudman.”

Many people also said they would not be watching season 2 of The A List without Dudman in it. One person tweeted, “Literally only kept watching the A list for Jacob Dudman and why the actual f did they think they could replace him and keep going???????????”

Likewise, another user tweeted, “I started watching ‘The A List’ because of Jacob Dudman (aka Dev), but he won’t be back for Season 2. Let’s say I’m not going to waste my time.”

While many The A List fans demand that Dudman be recast as Dev in the show, some fans understand why a new member was cast.

A Twitter user tweeted, “People are ranting on Instagram about recasting Dev as if Jacob Dudman doesn’t have two other Netflix shows. Nobody is required to return after nearly three years.”

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Sumila is a Nepal-based freelance content writer and lifelong learner with an ongoing curiosity to learn new things. She writes on various topics by combining her curiosity with experience from her profession. She has recently completed her Bachelor's in International Business Management from Herald College.

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