Bridgerton Cast – Everything You Need To Know
The Netflix series ‘Bridgerton‘ is based on Julia Quinn’s bestselling romance novels, Bridgerton which tells the story of Daphne’s search for a suitable husband. But what begins as an annual custom for “the ton” quickly becomes a lesson in tradition. In order to avoid an arranged marriage, Daphne strikes a deal with the Duke of Hastings so both can search for love in secret. Their plan gives way to a majority of the characters, including Queen Charlotte, the Featherington sisters, and a narrator voiced by Julie Andrews. “The show is so engaging—not only do you see yourself in it because it’s diverse, but also, it’s telling stories that are so relatable in the 21st century,” actress Phoebe Dynevor told ELLE.com. “It’s lovely on the eye but also touching on all the themes that are so relevant today.”
As soon as an orchestral version of Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” played in Bridgerton’s first episode, viewers knew to throw all expectations out the window – old fashioned mixed with the new was what we was to expect. So to celebrate our now healthy addiction we’ve decided to tell you everything you need to know about the characters and if you haven’t already started the series you’ll differently start now!
Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton
A majority of the happenings of Bridgerton orbit around Daphne’s quest to find true love or if not love then at least a husband. This search leads her to Simon, the Duke of Hastings who create an arrangement that leaves them free to live their lives without the pressure to couple up for real. Daphne is played by 25 year old British actress Phoebe Dynevor, who’s best known for playing Irish game developer Clare on Younger. She’s also starred in the BBC drama Waterloo Road and the series Dickensian as Martha Cratchit.
Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset
The Duke of Hastings is seen as the most eligible bachelor making him very popular with a majority of the female characters. In order to prove Daphne’s eligibility and avert eyes from his life as a single man, Simon strikes up a fake romance with Daphne. But this not so keen on marriage character begins to feel real emotions for Daphne, complicating things for everyone involved. The extremely handsome character Simon is played by 30 year old Regé-Jean Page, who recently starred in Sylvie’s Love and appeared on ABC’s courtroom drama For the People and 2016’s History revival of Roots.
Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte
The well connected and gossip loving queen is played by Golda Rosheuvel, who has appeared in Lady Macbeth, Luther, and Silent Witness during her career. Queen Charlotte is one of the rare characters who is inspired by a real life figure, the queen and wife of King George III is even believed to be one of the first Black British royals.
Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury
Adjoa Andoh plays Simon’s mother like figure, Lady Danbury. Andoh is best known for roles on TV shows including Doctor Who, Silent Witness, and EastEnders. She is also an accomplished stage actress and regularly narrates audio books, including The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.
Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton
The head of the Bridgerton family is Violet, played by Ruth Gemmell. Violet is tasked with matchmaking all eight of her children whilst maintaining her own reputation in society circles. Gemmell is best known for various British series, including Silent Witness, Utopia, and Home Fires. She also appeared on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful and led the 1997 rom-com Fever Pitch.
Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton
One of the younger Bridgerton sisters is Eloise, played by 31 year old Claudia Jessie. Marriage is the last thing on Eloise’s mind, as she races to track down the identity of Lady Whistledown. Prior to her Bridgerton breakout, Jessie starred in 2016’s Their Finest, 2018’s Vanity Fair miniseries, and Defending the Guilty. She’s also appeared on episodes of Doctor Who, Lovesick, and Call the Midwife.
Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton
Aside from Daphne, Anthony is the other Bridgerton sibling with the most pressure to marry. As the eldest of the children and following his father’s death, Anthony’s responsibility is to secure his own wife whilst helping his sisters find husbands of their own. The character is played by Johnathan Bailey, aged 32, who won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his performance in Company on the West End. Bailey has also appeared in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Broadchurch, and Crashing.
Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington
The spirited character of the Featheringtons is Penelope, the youngest of the sisters and best friend to Eloise. She’s played by 33 year old Irish actress Coughlan, who most viewers will recognise as Clare on Derry Girls or Hannah on Harlots. Penelope, who holds secret feelings for Colin Bridgerton leans into the traits that separate her from the rest of Regency London.
Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson
No character holds more secrets than Marina, a simple country girl and distant relative of the Featheringtons who moves to join society – but she comes with a little surprise for the Featherington family, which doesn’t go down so well. Marina is played by Ruby Barker, an actress best known for her work in the series Wolfblood and Doctors. She will next star in the indie film How to Stop a Recurring Dream.
Polly Walker as Portia Featherington
The puppet master of her daughters’ dating lives is Portia Featherington. She’s played by Polly Walker, who has appeared on shows including Rome, Mr. Selfridge, and Pennyworth. Walker also has several big screen moments, including Patriot Games, Clash of the Titans, and 1996’s Emma, in which she plays Jane Fairfax.
Kathryn Drysdale as Genevieve Delacroix
For those wanting all the royal dirt, look no further than Kathryn Drysdale who plays Genevieve Delacroix. Genevieve is a very popular dressmaker used by all the important families in the series. The 39 year old plays Meghan Markle in the series The Windsors and costarred alongside Reese Witherspoon in 2004’s Vanity Fair.
Julie Andrews as Lady Whistledown
Julie Andrews plays Lady Whistledown, the all-knowing narrator who guides us through the dishy series. Andrews plays a gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, a character whose true motives aren’t unveiled until the season 1 finale. The actress has won an Oscar for Mary Poppins and has made her mark in films including The Sound of Music, The Princess Diaries, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Andrews is also an accomplished author, who published her latest memoir Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, in 2020.
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