Bridgerton author says Daphne and Simon should return in series 2

Will Bridgerton’s Daphne and the Duke of Hastings return with an even sexier storyline? Show’s author reveals what she’ll be telling Netflix bosses after they confirmed a second season

Bridgerton’s author has said she wants Daphne and the Duke of Hastings to return in series two, despite them not being the main focus of her second book.

Julia Quinn, 52, has sold more than 10 million novels during her incredible career and penned the inspiration behind the Netflix hit – The Duke and I – 21 years ago.

However as the show heads towards season two, which will be based on book The Viscount Who Loved Me, Julia has revealed she wants bosses to deviate from the plot and include racy scenes with Phoebe Dynevor and Rege-Jean Page’s characters.

Bring them back! Bridgerton’s author Julia Quinn has said that she wants Daphne and the Duke of Hastings to return in series two, despite them not being the main focus of her second book

Speaking about the couple making a come back in an interview with The Sun, Julia said: ‘I hope so. They do show up in the [second] book. The series doesn’t follow the book word for word – and I don’t think [it] should. 

‘So I hope so, for no other reason than Daphne has the right to interfere with Anthony’s life. To deny her that chance would be criminal. I think it would be lovely to see.’

Julia also teased what fans can expect in the hotly-anticipated series two, which will focus on the eldest Bridgerton sibling Anthony.

She said: ‘Anthony is going to get it bad. Jonathan Bailey played him so well; you still love him, but he needs to be taken down a peg, and he is going to be taken down so many pegs. It’s awesome.’

Love match: The couple, played by Rege-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor, impressed millions of viewers around the world with their on-screen chemistry and racy scenes

In series one, Anthony was seen trying to be the head of his large household while infatuated with opera singer Siena Rosso (played by Sabrina Bartlett). 

Although viewers got to see snippets of his story, along with bits of the other five Bridgerton sibling’s lives in the first season, it mostly focused on Daphne.

Julia also revealed that her friends and family told her not to get her hopes up about the series being made into a TV show, as many novels get optioned and not picked up in Hollywood.

However after the incredible success of Bridgerton following its launch on Christmas Day, Julia joked that she’s now become her uncle’s favourite relative and has even had to send him signed copies to hand out to the nurses at his assisted living home. 

Huge success: Julia’s novel The Viscount Who Loved Me will be the inspiration for series two and follow the story of the eldest Bridgerton sibling Anthony (pictured with her first book)

In its first month of streaming, Bridgerton was watched by 82MILLION households around the world and was a top show in several countries.

The racy series has got many talking for its steamy content, with several of the stars revealing they’ve been unable to watch it back with their families. 

Standout star Nicola Coughlan recently admitted she was left mortified watching the show with her mother, due to the ‘non-stop’ sex on screen.

‘I knew pretty well how the episodes went and the amount of sexiness in them,’ she told Make It Reign podcast. ‘When I showed her the first episode and Johnny Bailey’s bum appeared very quickly into episode one, she was like, “what is going on!”

‘I had to say, “it’s not my fault I didn’t write it, it’s romance novels and it’s a really important part of the story,” but I was still in trouble.’ 

Racy: The show quickly became a worldwide hit after its release on Christmas Day and boasted several raunchy scenes (pictured Jonathan Bailey, who plays Anthony Bridgerton, and Sabrina Bartlett, who plays his opera singer love interest Siena Rosso)

Nicola, 34, who plays Penelope Featherington, explained how episode 6 – titled Swish – proved the most uncomfortable to watch with her mum.

‘With episode 6 I thought, “oh my god what am I going to do? It’s non-stop shagging! I am going to be in so much trouble”. I said “shagging” on the Graham Norton show and I was dead.

‘I was sweating when I watched it back! What I ended up doing was just fast forwarding through all the sexy bits and at the end of the episode she said, “that one was very short!”‘ 

While when asked if his family had seen the more adult scenes of the show during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Rege-Jean said: ‘There were some cousins missing from the family WhatsApp group and they said, “We made our tactical cups of tea when you started and when we came back you were still going!”‘

Oh dear! Several of the show’s stars have since revealed they’ve had to endure watching the sex scenes with their families, with Nicola Coughlan recently admitting she was left mortified and ‘sweating’ while viewing it with her mother (pictured as Penelope Featherington)

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