It has been announced by Netflix and the team behind the hit show Bridgerton that it has been renewed for a further 3rd and 4th series, with Lady Whistledown herself appearing on Netflix’s Facebook feed yesterday to bear the exciting news, stating “Esteemed members of the Ton. It seems we have a rather special announcement. Bridgerton shall return for seasons three and four. This author shall have to add more ink”. Huzzah!
The news comes as the second season has just wrapped up its production. Luke Newton (the actor who plays the adorable Colin Bridgerton) announced the renewal on his Instagram, stating “Returning to the Bridgerton drawing room for another 2 Seasons! @bridgertonnetflix renewed for Season 3 & 4!”
It won’t be long until Bridgerton has a season entirely focused on Colin, as, following the structure of the books by Julia Quinn, there are 8 books each focused on a Bridgerton child. Although only a 3rd and 4th season has been announced, we won’t be surprised if the series lasts until a 8th, with perhaps a couple of spin offs (a show for Lady Danbury please!)
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, show runner Shonda Rhimes remarks that a further 3rd and 4th season enables “you to plan in a creative way, storytelling wise. You can plan a long arc character, for instance”.
In terms of future seasons, Rhimes states “there are eight Bridgertons. So by the time you get to [prepubescent] Hyacinth—oh, dear God, she’ll be grown up by then. Obviously we’re not going to match up a child!—we’ll grow Hyacinth up and you’ll see her story too”
CHECK OUT: the cast confirmed for season two of Bridgerton
Season 2 Bridgerton cast
Simone Ashley who will play Kate Sharma
If you haven't been living under a rock these past couple years, you'll probably recognise Simone from a not-so-little Netflix original called Sex Education. In the show, Simone plays 'cool' girl Olivia but, now cast for Bridgerton's second season, she will be playing Kate Sharma. According to Shondaland TV, Kate is, "equal parts headstrong and whip smart."Her sharp wit and independent nature make her a singular force on the 1814 marriage mart, where she hopes to secure a love match for her younger sister, Edwina."You can follow Simone on Instagram @SimoneAsshley.
Charithra Chandran who will play Edwina Sharma
Charithra is a British-Indian actress who is relatively new to the acting industry but has previously starred in IMdb's Alex Rider series. Now, for Bridgerton season two, she will be playing Edwina Sharma (Kate Sharma's younger sister). In a statement about the character, Netflix wrote, "Edwina has been taught by her older sister Kate to be the perfect debutante."She's kind natured and endlessly endearing. But while she may be young and naive, she also knows what she wants: a true love match."You can follow Charithra on Instagram @Charithra17.
Shelley Conn who will play Mary Sharma
Shelley has had quite the fruitful acting career and has starred in everything from Silent Witness to, would you believe it, Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In Bridgerton's second series, she will play Kate Sharma's mother, Mary. In her Twitter introduction, it was revealed that, "Lady Mary's marriage once embroiled her and her family in scandal."Now newly returned to London with her daughters, she's forced to endure the scrutiny of the ton yet again."You can follow Shelley on Twitter @Shelley_Conn.
Calam Lynch who will be playing Theo Sharp
Calam, who has previously starred in the likes of Dunkirk and Derry Girls, will be starring as Theo Sharpe who, according to Netflix, is "A hardworking printer's assistant. "But he's not just a working class man, he's also an intellectual who fights for the rights for all."You can follow Calam on Instagram @CalamLynch.
Rupert Young who will play jack
In the past, Rupert has starred in Doc Martin, Merlin and Doctor Who, among other things. Now, ahead of Bridgerton's second season, he has been cast as Jack. According to Netflix, Jack is, "The newest member of the ton with a connection to one of its most notable families."You can follow Rupert on Instagram @RupertFYoung.
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The second season arriving will be focused on the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Lord Anthony Bridgerton, and his journey to finding a Viscountess. Netflix released a statement on this, as well as the news that Regé-Jean Page, the Duke of Hastings, will not be returning to the show. But we already know this, have already mourned, and so we won’t bring up old wounds again. It still hurts.
We are so excited for what future Bridgerton series has in store for us - who will be matched with who? What will Lady Whistledown expose? What scandalous thing will be done on a staircase next? And what other modern tunes will be turned into classical music - Positions by Ariana Grande? YMCA by Village People? Who knows - we’re intrigued to find out.
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Fans were disappointed to learn that Regé-Jean Page won't be appearing in the next season
Responding to the announcement of his departure from Bridgerton, Regé-Jean, 31, took to Twitter, writing, "Pleasure and a privilege! An honour to be a member of the family – on and off screen, cast, crew and incredible fans – the love is real and will just keep growing."
Later, opening up about his exit with Variety, the actor revealed that he had always known his character would not be sticking around for multiple seasons.
Describing the Duke of Hastings' storyline, he said, "It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end."
"It felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on."
Well, Regé-Jean, we will be sad to see you go. Sincerely, everyone everywhere.