Netflix’s Bridgerton prequel has just cast a very familiar face as its young Queen Charlotte
Netflix’s Bridgerton spin-off series about Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence has just announced its cast – and there’s one very familiar face in the lead role.
After what felt like an absolute eternity, Netflix’s smash hit period drama Bridgerton returned to our screens last week with another epic season. Following the love story of Viscount Anthony Bridgerton, the second series saw newcomer Kate Sharma and her sister Edwina stir things up with their entrance into Regency society, with all of the requisite romance, drama and scandal that we’d hoped for.
With nine books in Julia Quinn’s series, it’s looking likely that Bridgerton will reign supreme on the streaming platform for a good while to come. But while we wait for new seasons to be officially confirmed, we can bring word that the highly-anticipated Bridgerton prequel has now found its full cast.
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First announced in May 2021, the limited series penned by Shonda Rhimes will trace the journey of one of Bridgerton’s breakout characters and fan favourite, Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuval).
Per Deadline, the show will “centre on the rise and love life of a young Queen Charlotte, the reimagined character added to the Bridgerton series that was not in Julia Quinn’s novels.”
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The untitled show, according to Variety, also tells the story of “how the young Queen’s marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton”.
But the spinoff from Shondaland won’t only delve into the rise of Queen Charlotte. We’ll also get an insight into the stories of Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) and Lady Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell).
Hot off the heels of the release of Bridgerton season 2, Netflix has now announced casting for the series.
India Amarteifio (Line Of Duty) will headline the new series as the young Queen Charlotte, who, according to a new character description, has been betrothed to the mysterious King of England against her will.
“Charlotte arrives in London only to realise she was not exactly what the royals were expecting. As she learns to navigate the palace, the ‘ton and her unpredictable husband, she grows into one of Europe’s most unforgettable monarchs.”
Corey Mylchreest, meanwhile, will play young King George. “Handsome, charismatic, and a bit of a mystery, George has always bowed to the restraints placed on him as the Crown,” reads the description. “Until now. Having to share his space, and bed, with his new wife forces George to face his hidden demons head on.”
The cast also includes Michelle Fairley (Gangs Of London) as Princess Augusta, who is determined to maintain her family’s power and do what it takes to secure her son’s place as monarch amidst a changing, modernising Britain.
Newcomer Arsema Thomas will also make her television debut as a young Lady Danbury. “Under the thumb of a much older husband, Agatha uses Charlotte’s arrival to find her own way into society,” reads the description. “With keen knowledge of the once divided social scene and the intricacies of marriage, Agatha becomes a guiding light for the new Queen, all while finding her own voice and power we’ll soon recognise as Bridgerton’s iconic Lady Danbury.
Rosheuval, Andoh, and Gemmell are also set to reprise their roles as the older versions of the characters.
Additional cast members include Sam Clemmett (West End’s Harry Potter And The Cursed Child) as young Brimsley, Richard Cunningham (The Witcher) as Lord Bute, Tunji Kasim (Nancy Drew) as Adolphus, Rob Maloney (Casualty) as the royal doctor, Cyril Nri (Cucumber) as Lord Danbury and Hugh Sachs (Bridgerton) as Brimsley (older).
“Many viewers had never known the story of Queen Charlotte before Bridgerton brought her to the world, and I’m thrilled this new series will further expand her story and the world of Bridgerton,” said Netflix head of global TV Bela Bajaria in a statement last year.
“Shonda and her team are thoughtfully building out the Bridgerton universe so they can keep delivering for the fans with the same quality and style they love.”
While there’s no word on a release date for the series just yet, rest assured that Bridgerton fans have some royally good Netflix binges ahead of them.
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