Bridgerton is one of the most popular series on Netflix. In fact, season 2 ranked as the third most popular season ever for an English language show.
The series got over 115.7 million hours of view time and appeared in the top 10 list in over 91 countries earning it the most viewed title for the third consecutive week. It also entered the Most Popular List at number 3 with over 560.50 million hours watched.
The Netflix period drama is created and executively produced by Chris Van Dusen while Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers are the co -producers.
What Is Bridgerton About?
The popular TV series is based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling novels by the same name. It is based in the Regency London high society. In the world of ballrooms and Park Lane, almost everyone is looking for romance, love, and marital bliss.
The Bridgerton family is the heart of the show. In season 2, Anthony is looking for the perfect wife but no one seems to appease him until the Sharma sisters arrive from India. When the older sister Kate realizes that Anthony is not looking for love, she tries to save her sister Edwina by stopping the marriage.
There is growing attraction and tension between Kate Sharma and Anthony Bridgerton, but that is not all.
The series has been renewed for seasons three and four. There are 8 novels so it is safe to assume that there would be at least 8 seasons of the show. The upcoming season 3 is most likely to focus on Penelope, who is also Lady Whistledown, and Colin Bridgerton’s romance.
However, this goes in a different direction than the third book, which focuses on Benedict Bridgerton.
There are numerous families in Bridgerton. Here is an introduction to the important characters.
Simone Ashley As Kathani ‘Kate’ Sharma
Netflix describes Kate Sharma as a “smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools”. She is the older half-sister of Edwina Sheffield and the love-interest of Anthony.
Simone Ashley is a 27-year-old British actress. She was seen earlier as Olivia in Sex Education, The Sister, Broadchurch, Strike, and more.
Charithra Chandran As Edwina Sharma
The younger of the Sharma sisters is shy but more kind-hearted. She becomes the center of attention when the Queen names her “the diamond of the season”. Edwina goes on to have a crush on Anthony and her family also tries to unite the two.
Chandran is a native of the UK. A former student of Oxford University, she approached acting as a hobby. Her first role was in the series Alex Rider. Bridgerton is her second TV role. She has also appeared in the movie Class S.
Jonathan Bailey As Anthony Bridgerton
Anthony is the oldest Bridgerton sibling. He has been the leader of the family since he got the title of Viscount after his father died. He is not into the idea of marriage and wants to continue pursuing socially-unsuitable women for pleasure. However, in season 2, he is fixated on finding a wife so he can have an heir.
The 34-year-old British actor has played various roles. He has starred in Lance Miller in Jack Ryan. He also played Jack Patterson in W1A. Bailey was also in one episode of Doctor Who in 2014 where he played the character Psi. He has also appeared in movies like The Testament of Youth, The Mercy, Young Messiah, and more.
Luke Newton As Colin Bridgerton
Luke is the third of the Bridgerton sibling. In season 1, he had a failed engagement, after which he left to travel. He returned in season 2 and is still good friends with Penelope. She wrote to him more than anyone else during his travels.
Luke Newton is best known for his role in Disney’s UK show called The Lodge and the teen show The Cut. He is now focusing on playing Colin on Bridgerton.
Nicola Coughlan As Penelope Featherington
Penelope is portrayed as a kind, intelligent, and romantic lady. She is the youngest of three sisters but stands out from the rest of the family. She is more likely to observe and sway near the perimeter of any ballroom rather than take the center stage.
Nicola Coughlan is known as an actor. One of her most popular roles has been as Clare Devlin on the Channel 4 sitcom called Derry Girls. She also starred as Hannah Dalton in Harlots and appeared in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
Luke Thompson plays Benedict Bridgerton
Benedict Bridgerton is the second-oldest sibling in the family. He is an artist who is unsure of his talents and craves something more than the superficial societal going-on.
Thompson was seen in Kiss Me First, In The Club, and Misbehaviour.
Shelley Conn As Mary Sharma
Mary Sharma has returned to the UK decades after leaving to marry a common man in India. She has returned to seek a suitable match for her daughters. She hopes that her daughters can find someone like her late husband.
Shelley Conn is best known for appearing in Casualty, Mistresses, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Strike Back, Death In Paradise and many more.
Adjoa Andoh As Lady Danbury
Lady Danbury is the one person who runs the whole town, according to Netflix. She is also somewhat of an honorary godmother to Simon Basset. In season 2, she fixates more on getting the Sharma girls married.
Adjoa Andoh is best known for appearing as Francine Jones in Doctor Who. She also appeared in Casualty as Colette Griffiths. Andoh also appeared as the head of M.I.9, M.I.Hugh and as Margaret Rust in LIar.
Claudia Jessie As Eloise Bridgerton
Eloise is the younger singling of the Bridgerton clan. She is a 17-year-old who is “smart, brazen, and rebellious”. She believes that she is meant for great things although she is “quite rapidly approaching marriageable age”. She is close friends with Penelope and is horrified by the idea of marriage.
Claudia Jessie is a 32-year English actress. She is widely known for appearing in the third season of BBC’s police procedural WPC 56. She also acted as Amelia Sedley in the adaptation of Vanity Fair in 2018.
Golda Rosheuvel As Queen Charlotte
Queen Charlotte is married to the monarch King George II. After he became unwell, Queen Charlotte became the face of the monarchy. Her marriage to the King elevated the status of black people in the community. She loves to be right, likes gossip, and the romances and marriages of high society people.
Golda Rosheuvel has previously appeared in Dead Boss, Lady Macbeth, Torchwood, and Luther. She will also be seen in the tenth season of the show Death in Paradise.
Ruth Gemmel As Violet, Dowager Countless Bridgerton
Mama Bridgerton plays the mother to the Bridgerton siblings. Anthony is inclined on finding a suitable match in season 2 while Eloise is repulsed by the whole idea. She wishes that Anthony would find love, but he is being practical about the institution.
Ruth Gemmel is a prolific actress. She is best known for acting in the 90’s film Fever Pitch alongside Colin Firth. She also appeared on Utopia, The Eastenders, and Home Fires.
Polly Walker As Portia, Dowager Baroness Featherington
Lady Portia is the scheming mother of the Featherington family. Her family cannot match the social standing of the Bridgerton family, but she is still determined to find suitable husbands for her three daughters.
Polly Walker is years of appearances on TV. She appeared as Gill in Line of Duty, and as Lady Lunette in Cursed. Walker was also seen in Pennywise as Peggy Sykes and made many more appearances.
Phoebe Dynevor As Duchess Daphne Besset, Nee Bridgerton
She is one of the Bridgerton siblings who was looking for a spouse in season 1. In season 2, she visits for important events like Eloise’s introduction to society and often advises Anthony in his quest to find a wife.
Previously, she was seen on the TV series Waterloo. She has since starred in The Village, Younger, and more. Dynevor is currently working on the UK version of the hit French comedy called Call my Agent! She is also working on the TV adaptation of the Irish novel called Exciting Times and more.
Bessie Carter As Prudence Featherington
Prudence is Penelope’s older sister. Her main motive is to find a suitable husband, like her sister.
Carter was seen as Violet Woodhouse in Beecham House. She was also seen in the 2017 adaptation of the Howards Inn and was also a part of Les Misérables, The Good Liar, and Doc Martin.
Rupert Young As Jack, Baron Featherington
Although a distant relative, he is the new title holder of the Featherington family after Lord Featherington died. The family is hopeful that he will be able to turn the fortunes of the family around.
He was previously seen in Doc Martin, Merlin, Hotel Babylon, Doctor Who, The White Queen, Foyle’s War, and more.
Jessica Madsen As Cressida Cowper
Cressida Cowper is another one of the ladies who is looking for a suitable husband. She also became the deciding factor behind Simon and Daphne’s engagement as she had seen them alone together.
Madsen has been seen in Rambo: Last Blood, Leatherface, Tina and Bobby, Dark Knight, and Selfridge.
Kathryn Drysdale As Madame Genevieve Delacroix
Delacroix was falsely accused to be the Whistledown in season 1. She is also seen to closing off her romance with Benedict Bridgerton to concentrate on her business.
Drysdale has been acting on TV for more than two decades. She has starred in the sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps for over eight seasons. People also recognize her for playing Meghan Markle on the comedy soap The Windsors.
Martins Imhangbe As Will Mondrich
Martin plays the role of Simon Basset’s best friend. He is a boxer and they train together. Mondrich is not a wealthy man but he is in a happy marriage and loves being a father.
This is Imhangbe’s first screen role. However, he has acted in theatre before. He was seen in shows including Othello, An Adventure, Death of a Salesman, and Uncle Vanya.
Harriet Cains As Philippa Featherington
Philippa is the middle daughter of Featherington’s family. She is not known for her “smarts or cleverness”. Her main motive is to find a suitable husband.
Cains has had three major roles so far. She has acted as Jem Walker in The Flesh. She also appeared in Marcella and Safe House. Apart from that, she was seen in Line of Duty, Vera, No Offence, Later, etc,
Rupert Evans As Viscount Edmund Bridgerton
Viscount Edmund Bridgerton is the deceased father of the Bridgerton family. He was a beloved dad and husband.
Evans is best known for his role in the reboot of Charmed and also in Prime Video’s The Man In High Castle.
Calam Lynch As Theo Sharpe
Theo has no connection to the world of London society, that is until Eloise comes into his shop in search of the Whistledown. They form a bond over their choice of writings.
Lynch was previously seen in Dunkirk and Benediction. He was also in one of the episodes of Coughlan’s Derry Girls.
Jamie Beamish As Nigel Berbrooke
Berbrooke is an unpleasant character and a nasty suitor who is looking for a wife. He is hard to put off and thinks highly of himself.
Beamish has been seen in Derry Girls, The Commuter, and the TV series Will.
Julie Andrews As Lady Whistledown
Someone by the name of Lady Whistledown has started putting out newsletters that is full of gossip about the ins and outs of the high society of London. Nobody knows who the person is, but Whistledown sure seems to know a lot about what is going on.
Julie Andrews is an Oscar-winning actress who has been a part of Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, The Princess Diary, and Victor Victoria. She also voiced Gru’s mother in Despicable Me, the Queen in Shrek, Katherine in Aquaman, and was the narrator in Enchanted.
Recently, she revealed that she has not met any of the cast members of the show Bridgerton!
There were several other characters that appeared in season 1 but did not come back in season 2 like Simon Basset, Prince Friederich, Siena Rosso, Marina Thompson, and more.