Bodacious. Scandalous. Sexy.
These are just some of the adjectives fans have used to describe Bridgerton. A massive streaming hit when it premiered on Netflix on Christmas Day in 2020—and in the process, making our lockdown lives immeasurably more bearable—the first season of the Regency-set drama introduced us to the Bridgerton family comprising matriarch Violet and her eight children including eldest son Lord Anthony Bridgerton.
Other fan-favourite characters included Queen Charlotte (played to delicious perfection by Golda Rosheuvel) and Lady Danbury (an equally superb Adjoa Andoh), and the mysterious Lady Whistledown (the voice of Dame Julie Andrews) who kept the town up to date on the scandalous goings-on in a newsletter. Then there was Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) who was—spoiler alert!—revealed to be the mystery newsletter writer at the end of Season 1.
But at the heart of it all was the love story of Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest Bridgerton daughter, and the Duke of Hastings Simon Basset portrayed by the dishy Regé-Jean Page who became an overnight star through the series.
Based on the novels of Julia Quinn, the Shondaland production is also a lush spectacle filled with a cast so diverse, it's like nothing we've ever seen before—certainly not for a British period drama. The eagerly awaited Season 2 promises more of the same, only this time, the central love story revolves around Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley who is new to the cast).
Kate arrives in London with her sister Edwina (Charithra Chandran) to help the latter find a suitable husband. Anthony, who is ready to end his single life though perhaps not his rakish ways, is also looking for a suitable match and has his eyes set on Edwina, much to the disapproval of Kate who thinks him unworthy of Edwina's affections.
Bailey and Ashley Zoomed from London to fill Tatler in on Season 2.