Bridgerton season 2: Showrunner confirms production has wrapped

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This article contains spoilers for Bridgerton season 1.

Prepare for more swooning debutantes, unruly rakes, lavish ballgowns and bejewelled collarbones, as hit period drama Bridgerton will be returning to Netflix for season two.

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.

Showrunner Chris Van Dusen has revealed that production had wrapped on season 2 with a post on Twitter, which included a behind-the-scenes photo featuring himself and the series' two leads, Jonathan Bailey (aka reformed rake Anthony Bridgerton) and Simone Ashley (his inadvertent love interest Kate Sharma).

'That's a wrap on Season Two! So proud of this cast and crew who brought their A-games to work each and every day in this very challenging year. And these two in this photo with me right here. Words are not enough. Coming in in 2022,' Chris tweeted.

Nicola Coughlan also recently disclosed that she had wrapped her final Bridgerton season two scenes, and hinted at 'repercussions' for her character Penelope Featherington for concealing her secret alter ego, Lady Whistledown.

Speaking to RadioTimes.com, the Derry Girls star explained: 'She's certainly been lying to literally everyone in her life and I think you'll see the repercussions of that and I think you'll see she's not – I always say it's like a Britney Spears year, she's "not a girl, not yet a woman". She definitely matures from series one. And I think she thinks she’s much more a woman of the world than she actually is.'

Series two will also feature Penelope getting closer to Colin Bridgerton and 'Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) debuting into society', Nicola teased.

'The drama has amped up a lot. As I say, we're shooting all those big dramatic scenes for the end. It's exhausting but very satisfying,' she added.

The second season is based on Quinn's The Viscount Who Loved Me, focusing on the oldest Bridgerton son, reformed rake Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), and his quest to find a wife.

Fans will be introduced to new cast member Sex Education's Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, the love interest of Anthony, as well as returning stars Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington, and Adjoah Andoh as Lady Danbury.

Here's everything else we know so far about Bridgerton season two on Netflix...

Bridgerton season 2: The trailer and first photos

The first trailer clip for Bridgerton series two has been released – and it looks as though Anthony Bridgerton has finally met his match with new love interest Kate Sharma.

In the first trailer for season two, Simone Ashley makes her debut as Kate, who is unafraid to call Anthony out for listing his requirements for a wife, and reducing women to nothing more than 'chattels and breeding stock'.

Anthony is left stunned after his dressing down from Kate, who also informs him his 'character is as deficient as his horsemanship' before walking off.

Netflix has also shared new images from the period drama of the characters at a debutante ball, which includes Kate coming face to face with Jonathan, Lady Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell) with daughter Eloise (Claudia Jessie) and son Benedict (Luke Thompson), and Adjoah Andoh as Lady Danbury with newcomer Charithra Chandran, who plays Kate's sister, Edwina.

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, 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.

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

'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.

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

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 also 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 said in a statement on social media: 'The ride of a lifetime. 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 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. Nicola Coughlan - who plays Lady Penelope Featherington and Lady Whistledown - has confirmed that she has finished filming her scenes for series two. Production on series two has officially wrapped, and while we know it will arrive in 2022, we're hoping the wait won't be too long.

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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