Based on Julia Quinn's best-selling series of novels, Bridgerton is set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society. From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground. At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand's marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London's competitive marriage market. Hoping to follow in her parents' footsteps and find a match sparked by true love, Daphne's prospects initially seem to be unrivaled. But as her older brother begins to rule out her potential suitors, the high society scandal sheet written by the mysterious Lady Whistledown casts aspersions on Daphne. Enter the highly desirable and rebellious Duke of Hastings, committed bachelor and the catch of the season for the debutantes' mamas. Despite proclaiming that they want nothing the other has to offer, their attraction is undeniable and sparks fly as they find themselves engaged in an increasing battle of wits while navigating society's expectations for their future.
Bridgerton is a romantic, scandalous, and quick-witted series that celebrates the timelessness of enduring friendships, families finding their way, and the search for a love that conquers all.
Cast[edit | edit source]
Main Cast[edit | edit source]
Season 1[edit | edit source]
- Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton
- Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton
- Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton
- Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton
- Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton
- Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton
- Ruby Stokes as Francesca Bridgerton
- Will Tilston as Gregory Bridgerton
- Florence Hunt as Hyacinth Bridgerton
- Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington
- Polly Walker as Lady Portia Featherington
- Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington
- Ben Miller as Lord Featherington
- Harriet Cains as Philipa Featherington
- Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset
- Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte
- Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson
- Sabrina Bartlett as Siena Rosso
- Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury
- Julie Andrews as Lady Whistledown
- Martins Imhangbe as Will Mondrich
- Lorraine Ashbourne as Mrs. Varley
- Jason Barnett as Jeffries
- Kathryn Drysdale as Genevieve Delacroix
- Jamie Beamish as Nigel Berbrooke
- Jessica Madsen as Cressida Cowper
- Freddie Stroma as Prince Friedrich
Introduced in season 2[edit | edit source]
Recurring Guest Stars[edit | edit source]
Prominent Guest Stars[edit | edit source]
Recurring Co-Stars[edit | edit source]
Episodes[edit | edit source]
Season 1[edit | edit source]
The first season mainly adapts the first novel of the Bridgerton series, The Duke and I, focusing on Daphne Bridgerton.
|No. in series||No. in season||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"Diamond of the First Water"||Julie Anne Robinson||Chris Van Dusen||December 25, 2020|
|Daphne debuts on London's marriage market as a new gossip sheets sets high society atwitter and Simon, the eligible Duke of Hastings, returns to town.|
|2||2||"Shock and Delight"||Tom Verica||Janet Lin||December 25, 2020|
|Simon's apparent courtship of Daphne angers her brother Anthony and threatens to ruin the arrangements he made. Marina opens up to a curious Penelope.|
|3||3||"Art of the Swoon"||Tom Verica||Leila Cohan-Miccio||December 25, 2020|
|After Daphne catches the eye of a royal suitor, she turns to Simon for relationship advice. Lady Featherington tries to browbeat Marina into marriage.|
|4||4||"An Affair of Honor"||Sheree Folkson||Abby McDonald||December 25, 2020|
|Daphne receives a stunning gift from Prince Friedrich but soon courts scandal at a ball. Eloise searches for clues to Lady Whistledown's identity.|
|5||5||"The Duke and I"||Sheree Folkson||Joy C. Mitchell||December 25, 2020|
|To fend off rumors about their garden escapade, Simon and Daphne must make a personal appeal to the queen. Marina's wedlock scheme dismays Penelope.|
|6||6||"Swish"||Julie Anne Robinson||Sarah Dollard||December 25, 2020|
|On her honeymoon, Daphne discovers just how misinformed she is about the physical aspects of the marital bed. Colin comes to a decision about Marina.|
|7||7||"Oceans Apart"||Alrick Riley||Jay Ross & Abby McDonald||December 25, 2020|
|Amid accusations of lies and betrayal, a rift forms between the newlyweds, while a deception of another kind could besmirch the Bridgerton family name.|
|8||8||"After the Rain"||Alrick Riley||Chris Van Dusen||December 25, 2020|
|The duke and the duchess's season-ending ball signals a turning point for their marriage – and ushers in changes of fortune and fate to those around them.|
Season 2[edit | edit source]
On January 21, 2021, Netflix announced that the series had been renewed for a second season. Anthony Bridgerton was reported to take the center of the season's social season, indicating that the season will adapt The Viscount Who Loved Me, the second novel in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton novel series.
Production[edit | edit source]
Development[edit | edit source]
The first table read took place on July 22, 2019 with filming starting on July 28, 2019. Filming took place in London, where production started, and other towns in the United Kingdom, like Bath, Somerseth.
The last table read for the season took place on October 21, 2019.
Commenting on the tone of the series, creator Chris Van Dusen shared, "I wanted to infuse everything with my own unique, modern lens. The tone is very spirited and daring. Everything's fresh and youthful. There's a little effervescence to everything." That freshness manifests in the score, featuring classical string arrangements of contemporary pop songs (such as Ariana Grande's "thank u, next" or Shawn Mendes' "In My Blood"), as well the costumes, with the show being described as taking place in a "bonnet-free world." Van Dusen further added that Bridgerton is not going to be so different from the experience of reading a romance novel. "It's sexy and a little dangerous and fun. It leaves you a little hot and bothered and breathless," he concluded.
Most poignant, however, is the casting. Contrary to most other period pieces, this series looks like any ShondaLand show; multi-hued and reflective of the world we live in. The casting is a far cry from the source material, though writer Julia Quinn fully endorses the casting choices, stating that the show is for "a modern audience; it isn't a history lesson." As such, people of color are cast in roles of characters that hold more power than would normally be expected for people of color based on historical assumptions. EP Betsy Beers stated, "It’s not color-blind casting. We try to imagine history and the world in the way we wanted to see it." Added lead actor Regé-Jean Page: "With color-conscious casting, I get to exist as a Black person in the world. It doesn’t mean I'm a slave. It doesn't mean we have to focus on trauma. It just means we get to focus on Black joy and humanity."
Also a notable difference with other period dramas is the way the show deals with intimacy. The show aims to defy the expectations of period dramas by placing sexiness and steaminess at its core, pivotal to the education of Daphne Bridgerton. The series employed an intimacy coordinator to intricately choreograph the sex scenes. Phoebe Dynevor stated: "It’s not often you see sex [treated] in that way. It wasn't gratuitous. It was so essential in Daphne's journey and sexual awakening. I love the fact that it is very much the female gaze."
Notes and Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The series is the first of the eight ShondaLand series ordered by Netflix to announce any casting news.
- Within the series's first two weeks of airing, Netflix revealed that the series was watched by over 63 million accounts. This makes Bridgerton the fifth-largest Netflix original series launch to-date.
- Later, it was named the most-watched series in Netflix history with a viewership of 82 millions households.