This article contains spoilers for Bridgerton season 1.
Prepare for more swooning debutantes, heaving bosoms and lavish ballgowns as filming for Bridgerton season two has resumed.
The Regency-era drama drama from Shondaland, adapted from the bestselling series of novels by Julia Quinn, recently became Netflix's most watched original series ever – and unsurprisingly, has not only been confirmed for a second season but for a third and fourth too.
Filming on Bridgerton season two was halted in July when a cast member tested positive for Covid-19, before beginning again August. Show-runner Chris Van Dusen recently told Variety that he was in post-production, 'editing our first couple of episodes, which are looking great'.
The second series is based Quinn's The Viscount Who Loved Me, focusing on the oldest Bridgerton son, reformed rake Anthony Bridgerton and his quest to find a wife.
Season one concluded with Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) finding love with the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), and Page recently announced that he would not be returning to the drama. It's not been officially confirmed whether Dynevor will be bringing back Daphne, having previously said she'd be keen to return to help Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) 'navigate the upcoming social season'.
Here's everything else we know about Bridgerton season 2...
Bridgerton season 2: Latest updates
Speaking about the upcoming season of Bridgerton in a new interview with ET on 15 September, Nicola Coughlan – who plays Penelope Featherington and was revealed as Lady Whistledown at the end of season one – revealed that her character's experience is set to be 'spicier' this time around.
'It's got a whole lot spicier I will say,' Nicola said. 'You definitely see more sides to her. We find out at the end of season one [that she's Lady Whistledown], that is there but we don't get to explore it. But the world cracks open.
'I feel like the Bridgerton world has grown and you're going to see a lot more sides to her. She's a sassy chick.'
Bridgerton season 2: The plot
The second series of Bridgerton will focus on Anthony Bridgerton, who is keen to put his bachelor days behind him and settle down with a wife. When he courts Edwina, he is obstructed by her sister, Kate Sheffield, who is described as 'the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom'.
Lady Whistledown previously informed her dear readers: 'This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season. I will have my pen ready to report on any and all of his romantic activities.
'However, gentle reader, before you set the comments section alight with requests for more sordid details, know that I am disinclined to report on the particulars at this time. Patience, after all, is a virtue.'
Bridgerton season two: The cast
Jonathan Bailey will return as Anthony Bridgerton, while Sex Education's Simone Ashley will make her debut as Kate Sharma – originally named Kate Sheffield in Julia Quinn's novel.
Edwina Sharma, Kate's sister, who has an integral role in the complicated love life of Anthony, will be played by newcomer Charithra Chandran. Shelley Conn will play the girls' mother, Lady Mary Sharma, while Calam Lynch will play rebellious printer's assistant Theo Sharpe. Rupert Young is also joining the cast.
In terms of the original cast, Bridgerton fans can expect the return of Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington – and her secret alias Lady Whistledown, which was revealed in the show's finale.
We're also expecting Adjoa Andoh back as Lady Danbury, Golda Rosheuvel as Princess Charlotte, Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton, and Polly Walker as Featherington matriarch Portia. Claudia Jessie will be reprising her role as Eloise.
Will Regé-Jean Page be in Bridgerton season 2?
Regé-Jean Page's Simon Basset, aka the Duke of Hastings, had viewers swooning in season one with his nonchalance and charm, but sadly he will not be returning for season two.
The actor recently said in a statement on social media: 'The ride of a life time. It's been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be your Duke. Joining this family – not just on screen, but off screen too. Our incredibly creative and generous cast, crew, outstanding fans – it’s all been beyond anything I could have imagined. The love is real and will just keep growing.'
Page also explained to Variety that the short-term commitment of the role was part of its appeal.
'It's a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end – give us a year,' Page said. '[I thought] "That's interesting" because then it felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.'
It's not been officially confirmed whether Phoebe Dyvenor will be back as Daphne Bridgerton, who married and had a child with Simon Basset in season one's finale.
Bridgerton season 2: Release date
Filming began in July, but was paused weeks later indefinitely after a cast member tested positive for Covid. It recently resumed, so we probably have a little wait until it returns to our small screens. We do know it will be back in 2022, but as there's no official date, we'll keep you updated. Bridgerton season one was released in December 2020, so we might be enjoying the next instalment during Christmas 2022.
Bridgerton season two will launch on Netflix in 2022. Bridgerton season one is available to stream on Netflix now.
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