Thankfully, there doesn’t appear to be any drama or monetary disagreements that led to Lesley Sharp’s exit from “Fate: The Winx Saga.” According to, Netflix revealed that scheduling conflicts are to blame for her sudden departure. The other projects she’s involved with made it impossible for her to carve out time for the Season 2 shooting schedule. Express mentions that with Rosalind featuring prominently in the second season, Sharp would’ve had her hands full. Therefore, she and the show parted ways, with Miranda Richardson stepping in to tell the next chapter of Rosalind’s story.
Surprisingly, Rosalind isn’t the only character who has been recast for Season 2. Alex Macqueen portrayed botanist and professor Ben Harvey during Season 1, but for Season 2, Daniel Betts took on the part. Unlike the Lesley Sharp-Miranda Richardson situation, however, a concrete reason for Macqueen’s departure has yet to reach the public. Although,notes that Macqueen was filming “Downton Abbey: A New Era” at the same time as the “Fate: The Winx Saga” Season 2 shoot, so it’s entirely likely that scheduling issues also prevented his return. Surely we’ll get confirmation of the reason for his farewell sooner rather than later.
Recasts are nothing new in Hollywood, so it’s not too surprising that “Fate: The Winx Saga” had to pull together some of its own. It stands to reason that Miranda Richardson and Daniel Betts gave the parts of Rosalind and Professor Harvey their all in hopes of doing right by Lesley Sharp and Alex Macqueen. Season 2 is currently streaming on Netflix.