Update (7/10/19): Netflix and Shondaland’s upcoming Bridgerton series has finally unveiled its full cast, which includes the likes of Julie Andrews.
Production is well under way for Shonda Rhime’s first Netflix original, which will find the prolific showrunner’s Shondaland banner producing an adaptation of Julia Quinn’s best-selling Bridgerton series.
Just last month we learned the Chris Van Dusen-helmed series had officially found its first star in Hollywood icon, Julie Andrews.
As exciting as it was to hear that Andrews would be taking part in the series, one thing we didn’t know was who would be joining the actress in bringing Quinn’s series to life.
Now it looks as though we’ve finally got our answer.
In a press release sent out on Wednesday (July 10) afternoon, Netflix and Shondaland revealed that actors Phoebe Dynevor (Younger), Rege-Jean Page (For The People), Golda Rosheuvel (Lady MacBeth), Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch), Luke Newton (The Cut), Claudia Jessie (Doctor Who), Nicola Coughlan (Derry Girls), Ruby Barker (Doctors), Sabrina Bartlette (Victoria), Ruth Gemmell (Deep State), Adjoa Andoh (Thunderbirds Are A Go), and Polly Walker (Pennyworth) have all joined the cast of the upcoming adaptation.
Find out more about who they’ll be playing and what you can expect from their respective characters below!
PHOEBE DYNEVOR will play “DAPHNE BRIDGERTON.”
The picture-perfect young debutante has been waiting her entire life to make her grand debut on the marriage mart. Poised to be the season of 1813’s forthcoming Incomparable, Daphne’s set to take the town by storm – but not everything goes exactly as planned for this diamond of the first water, especially after she meets a certain Duke.
REGÉ-JEAN PAGE will play “SIMON BASSET.”
Having newly returned to London, the Duke of Hastings finds himself the primary topic of conversation amongst marriage-minded misses and ambitious mamas alike. Yet, for reasons of his own, our devastating Duke has zero interest in his title, society, or taking a wife.
GOLDA ROSHEUVEL will play “QUEEN CHARLOTTE.”
The veritable tastemaker of London society, Queen Charlotte finds herself living for the sordid gossip that Lady Whistledown prints, though she’d swear she’s above such mundane musings. It’s only when the ton’s newest gossip writer takes aim at the palace that Queen Charlotte knows she must do something about it.
JONATHAN BAILEY will play “ANTHONY BRIDGERTON.”
The quintessential English nobleman, Anthony is the eldest Bridgerton sibling and dutiful head of the family since assuming his late father’s title of Viscount. Endlessly handsome, charming and rich, he’s quite the catch on this year’s marriage mart. But if he has any hope of fulfilling his oftentimes overwhelming duty of marrying and producing an heir, Anthony must first learn to temper his pursuit of pleasure.
LUKE NEWTON will play “COLIN BRIDGERTON.”
The dashing Colin Bridgerton is used to disarming his fellow society members with good-natured jokes, though a serious sense of adventure lurks behind those swoon-worthy eyes. Colin takes a liking to the newest young lady in town — but it’s this infatuation that winds up giving him more than he may have bargained for.
CLAUDIA JESSIE will play “ELOISE BRIDGERTON.”
Whip-smart, brazen and rebellious, Eloise Bridgerton is definitely not here for turning into just another young simpering and mincing debutante. She believes she’s destined for something much greater, though she’s quite rapidly approaching marriageable age.
NICOLA COUGHLAN will play “PENELOPE FEATHERINGTON.”
A vastly intelligent girl with a sharp wit and kind heart, Penelope would prefer to quietly sway near the perimeter of any ballroom rather than take center stage. She’s been born into a family who will never truly understand her–as if dealing with the cutthroat, mean girls of 1813 Regency London weren’t enough.
RUBY BARKER will play “MARINA THOMPSON.”
Having been sent from the country to live with her cousins, the Featheringtons, Marina never imagined being a part of London society. Yet the arrival of this resourceful young lady seems to make more than just a splash in our glittering, exclusive world.
SABRINA BARTLETT will play “SIENA ROSSO.”
The beautiful, captivating, and enterprising opera singer who’s having a secret affair with a prominent lord. Fun and a bit impetuous, Siena secretly longs to be a part of our town’s world.
RUTH GEMMELL will play “LADY VIOLET BRIDGERTON.”
All warmth, wisdom and love, the Bridgerton matriarch manages to treat everyone with unmatched kindness and respect. But don’t mistake her compassion for weakness – as she’s an impressive match for anyone who dares comes close to interfering with her family. She’d like nothing more than for her children to marry – not for convenience or opportunity, but for love.
ADJOA ANDOH will play “LADY DANBURY.”
The legendary, acerbic, lioness of a dowager who runs this town. Unconcerned with the rules of polite society, Lady Danbury is a straight shooter – both formidable and a little scary. And while her judgments may be sharp, they’re always accurate. She is a friend of Simon’s late mother, having shown the now Duke a rare kindness when he was a child.
POLLY WALKER will play “LADY PORTIA FEATHERINGTON.”
Perhaps the most ambitious mama of all, Lady Featherington is determined to make advantageous matches for each of her daughters – and is forever pushing them on some rather disinterested parties. Cunning and ruthless, Lady Featherington hustles to get what she wants, no matter the cost.
Original Story (6/19/19):
Julie Andrews is heading to Shondaland for her next small screen role.
According to Variety, legendary Hollywood star Julie Andrews has officially been cast in one of Shonda Rhimes’ upcoming untitled Netflix entities.
Based off of the Bridgerton family novels by Julia Quinn, the untitled series is set to be executive produced and adapted by Scandal veteran Christ Van Dusen.
According to the official synopsis, the series is described as a “smart feminist take” on Regency England high society.
Like the book, the series promises to unveil “the glittering, wealthy, sexual, painful, funny and sometimes lonely lives of the women and men in London’s high society marriage mart as told through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.”
Andrews will be lending her voice to the character of Lady Whistledown in the Netflix Original. Lady Whistledown is described as an anonymous gossip writer who uses a combination of social commentary and insult to stir the pot amongst high society individuals.
Currently, Julie Andrews is the first star to board the upcoming project, so we’ll be looking forward to finding out who else will join her in bringing Julia Quinn’s novels to life!
The upcoming untitled Bridgerton series is part of Rhimes’ overall deal with the online streaming giant, which she inked back in 2017 after parting ways with ABC.
Just last summer, Netflix unveiled the first set of series that’ll be coming as part of the deal with Rhimes.
Read up on what else Shonda Rhimes will be cooking up at Netflix by checking out the official synopses for each of her upcoming projects!
There’s currently no word on when we can expect the untitled Bridgerton family novels series to hit Netflix.
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