Bridgerton fans, rejoice: Netflix and Shondaland have announced the cast of the limited series based on the origins of the historical figure Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuval). The new spinoff will be a “Bridgerton-verse prequel”, and will centre on Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power.
While the limited series has not yet been named, table reads have aleady begun. Netflix has shared that in this new series, audiences will learn how the young Queen’s marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton. Fans can also look forward to learning the backstories of both Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.
Shonda Rhimes is Executive Producer, Writer and Showrunner (so you know it’s going to be amazing). We’re already tingling with excitement.
- Golda Rosheuval (Queen Charlotte), Adjoa Andoh (Lady Agatha Danbury) and Ruth Gemmell (Lady Violet Bridgerton) reprise their roles from Bridgerton in this series.
- India Amarteifio (Line of Duty) plays Young Queen Charlotte: Betrothed to the mysterious King of England against her will, Charlotte arrives in London only to realize she was not exactly what the royals were expecting. As she learns to navigate the palace, the ‘ton and her unpredictable husband, she grows into one of Europe’s most unforgettable monarchs.
- Michelle Fairley (Gangs of London) plays Princess Augusta: Determined to maintain her family’s power, the Dowager Princess does what it takes to secure her son’s place as monarch amidst a changing, modernizing Britain.
- Corey Mylchreest (Sandman) plays Young King George: Handsome, charismatic, and a bit of a mystery, George has always bowed to the restraints placed on him as the Crown. Until now. Having to share his space, and bed, with his new wife forces George to face his hidden demons head on.
- Arsema Thomas (television debut) plays Young Agatha Danbury: Under the thumb of a much older husband, Agatha uses Charlotte’s arrival to find her own way into society. With keen knowledge of the once divided social scene and the intricacies of marriage, Agatha becomes a guiding light for the new Queen, all while finding her own voice and power we’ll soon recognize as Bridgerton’s iconic Lady Danbury.
Bridgerton Season 2 premiered on Netflix on March 25; in its first weekend, the hit series was viewed for 193 million hours. The instant success is not surprising considering Season 1 was watched by a record 82 million households around the world in its first 28 days.
Netflix has confirmed that Bridgerton will be renewed for Season 3 and 4, and today’s announcement of the Queen Charlotte limited series means fans can also look forward to exploring a whole new dimension of the historical romance.
“Bridgerton has shown that romance can be smart, dynamic, bold and yes – universally appealing,” says Jinny Howe, VP of Original Series, Netflix. No doubt this new chapter will be as extravagant and enticing.