Bridgerton's Rege-Jean Page will host Saturday Night Live on 20th February

Naomi Gordon
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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

From Harper's BAZAAR

Dearest gentle reader, prepare to swoon once more, for Bridgerton's Rege-Jean Page will play host on Saturday Night Live next weekend.

The 31-year-old actor - who plays Simon Basset, aka the magnetic Duke of Hastings in Shondaland's steamy period drama - will make his debut on the sketch comedy show on 20th February, he confirmed on Instagram. He will feature on the series alongside musical guest Bad Bunny, who is also making a first-time appearance.

Page shared a picture of the date, and his and Bad Bunny's name written on Post-it notes on Instagram, and added the caption: "Saturday Night @nbcsnl."

He will be joining the SNL cast members at Studio 8H in the Rockefeller Plaza which currently include Shrill's Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, and Michael Che, among others.

Page is riding high after his role in the Netflix Regency-era drama, which was recently announced as the streaming platform's most-watched show of all time. In its first 28 days of release, the series has been viewed by 82 households, far exceeding the 63 million that Netflix predicted.

He was recently nominated for Outstanding Leading Performance by a Male Actor at the 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards, and as part of the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast.

The star has also acquired lots of new fans after his charismatic turn as the duke, and has found himself being tipped as the next James Bond.

"I think the internet thinks a lot of things, and that's one of the more pleasant ones. So I'm pleased as far as that goes," he said of the rumours on The Tonight Show recently.

"If you're a Brit and you do something of any kind of renown that people regard well, then people start saying the B word!"

Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX
Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX

Bridgerton co-star Adjoa Andoh - who plays the formidable Lady Danbury and surrogate mother to Simon in the series - recently backed him as the perfect replacement for Daniel Craig as 007.

"I think the thing with Rege is, he is beautiful, he is very smart, he is a fantastically funny sharp actor so he could take on any role you give him really," Andoh said on GMB. "Annoyingly, he could. So yes he would be a marvellous James Bond if they ever decided to go that way, no doubt at all."

Bridgerton will be returning to Netflix for season two.

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