'Bridgerton' Has Cast Simone Ashley as a Lead Character in Season 2

Kayla Keegan
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Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

From Good Housekeeping

Ask anyone for Netflix recommendations these days, and Bridgerton is most likely at the top of their list.

The first season of the period drama series, produced by Grey's Anatomy's Shonda Rhimes, follows the scandal-filled story of Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page) as they create a romantic scheme to please their marriage-minded family members, London high society, and the mysterious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews).

Since the series is based on best-selling romance author Julia Quinn's eight-novel Bridgerton collection, fans of the books already know what will likely happen to the Featheringtons and Bridgertons when the show returns for a second season. But for those who haven't yet indulged in the books, or are simply anxious to see what Shonda does with the next installment, keep on scrolling to get more details about season 2.

When will season 2 of Bridgerton come out on Netflix?


Bridgerton has officially been renewed for season 2. Netflix announced the second installment of the show on Instagram with a video. There was also a special edition of Lady Whistledown’s Society Paper posted letting readers know that the Bridgerton cast will return to production in spring 2021, this time with a focus on Anthony (Jonathan Bailey).

“This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season,” the pamphlet reads. “I will have my pen ready to report on any and all of his romantic activities.”

Getting down to specifics, Bridgerton's production was reportedly pushed back to March 2021, according to WhatsonNetflix.com. The second season was originally set to begin filming in Uxbridge, England in July 2020, per Production Weekly. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was rescheduled. That said, fans may have to wait until 2022 to see what happens next.

Who will be in the Bridgerton season 2 cast?


Of course, Bridgerton season 1 characters Daphne and Simon aren't going anywhere, which means Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page will be back for season 2. Unless we're told otherwise in the near future, the below actors are also expected to return in some capacity:

  • Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington

  • Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton

  • Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton

  • Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton

  • Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton

  • Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton

  • Polly Walker as Lady Portia Featherington

  • Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury

  • Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte

  • Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson

  • Jessica Madsen as Cressida Cowper

On February 15, Netflix shared that Simone Ashley is joining the Bridgerton cast in season 2 to play Kate Sharma, Anthony's love interest. "Kate is a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools — Anthony Bridgerton very much included," the streaming service's announcement tweet reads.

Besides Simone joining the Bridgerton family, it's possible that the cast will get even bigger in season 2. "I think there are a lot of good stories to be told in this world," Regé-Jean told OprahMag.com. "There’s a plethora of characters and each of those characters has cousins, uncles, and dogs, and I think people enjoy exploring all of those depths and nooks and crannies."

Are there any season 2 spoilers?


If you're a Julia Quinn novel enthusiast, then you likely picked up on the significance of the tiny bee at the very end of the season 1 finale. In Julia's second book, The Viscount Who Loved Me, Anthony becomes Viscount Bridgerton when his dad dies suddenly from a bee sting. Throughout the rest of the novel, bees become an important part of the story as Anthony's love interest, Kate, gets stung by one later on in the book.

Now that it's confirmed that the show will continue to follow the novels (season 1 correlated to the events that unfold in Julia's first Bridgerton book, The Duke and I), season 2 will focus much more on Anthony's quest to finding the perfect match than it will on Simon and Daphne's life together.

Showrunner Chris Van Dusen pretty much confirmed this to be the case when speaking to Collider.com about the show's future. "I think we've done some work in season 1 to set up other characters. We really dig into Anthony's love story. We're really exploring Benedict as well, and Collin, and Eloise's relationship. I think it's a deep well of story for us to explore," he said.

In fact, it's Chris's hope that all eight romance novels – each focusing on a different character's journey to finding love — will get their own season on Netflix eventually.

How can I watch and stream Bridgerton season 2 episodes?


The entire first season of Bridgerton is available to stream exclusively on Netflix. A subscription to Netflix starts at $8.99 per month and is supported on several types of smart TVs, game consoles, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, smartphones, tablets, PCs, and laptops.

What are all the Julia Quinn novels I can read while waiting for season 2 of Bridgerton?

If you simply cannot wait until 2022 to find out what may happen next (hey, we don't blame you), you can pass the time reading all eight of the Bridgerton books now in the below order:

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