Bridgerton found a new lead in the second season Sex education star Simone Ashley.
Netflix has confirmed that the actress will join the Regency-era drama as Kate Sharma, a new love interest of Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey).
Based on the character of Kate Sheffield from Julia Quinn’s second Bridgerton novel The Viscount who loved me, Sharma has just arrived in London when she attracts the attention of her oldest brother and sister Bridgerton.
The show’s second season will follow with Anthony’s search for a suitable marriage.
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Bridgerton will continue to challenge racing conventions in their second season as they renovated the Sheffield family on the show.
Stubborn and smart, Kate Sharma will catch Anthony’s eye after the breakup of his relationship with opera singer Siena in the first season, which ended with Anthony informing Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon (Regé-Jean Page) of her plans to “find and urgently declaring his intentions to my new Viscountess. ”
Ashley (whose casting was first reported by Rock) is best known for portraying Olivia Hanan in the hugely popular teen drama Sex education. She also appeared in last year’s spooky ITV thriller Sister and played roles in Broadchurch i Casualty.
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Speaking in front of his bigger one Bridgerton the role of the second season, Bailey had previously said Vogue: “The robust universe set up by Shonda [Rhimes] and Chris [Van Dusen] it will only expand and continue to push boundaries in a way that is quietly subversive.
“I think it’s just going to be more of what everyone likes. I think there’s a lot of Easter eggs for all the characters. I’ll say this: watch out for the bees.”
Bridgerton Season 1 can now be watched on Netflix.
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