Bridgerton season 2: Filming wraps on 'brilliant' new series of the Netflix period drama following coronavirus delays

Meet the new cast members for season 2, discover the likely subject of Lady Whistledown's cutting columns and find out when you can watch it on Netflix...

By Becky Gamester-Newton Published: 23 November 2021 - 11.46am
Netflix Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley play Lord Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma in season 2

Bridgerton was a huge hit for Netflix almost as soon as it hit our screens on Christmas Day in 2020.

A real feast for the eyes, the Shondaland production provided the escapism we all needed with dazzling costumes and imagery, gripping love stories and a bit of humour to boot.

Fans were thrilled to discover season 2 is on its way, and with seasons 3 and 4 now also confirmed, there's definitely a lot more to come from the Bridgerton family. Remember to keep checking back on this page for updates as we receive them.

What was Bridgerton season 1 about?

When will Bridgerton season 2 air?

Netflix has confirmed that Bridgerton season 2 will premiere in 2022.

Filming for the series kicked off in London and Bath, UK, in March 2021. Filming was halted three separate times due to positive cases of coronavirus on set.

Bridgerton showrunner Chris Van Dusen confirmed that filming had finally wrapped up November 2021:

And cast member Nicola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington) also shared a behind-the-scenes photo from filming. She teased that she's seen the first episode of the new series and it's 'f***ing brilliant'. We can't wait!

Bridgerton plot: What is season 2 about?

Jonathan Bailey plays Anthony Bridgerton in season 2 Netflix

Season 2 will focus on Lord Anthony Bridgerton and his new love interest.

Assuming the show follows the books by Julia Quinn, series 2 will be based on the novel The Viscount Who Loved Me, which is about Lord Anthony and Kate Sheffield (renamed Kate Sharma in the show).

In the book, Kate is almost 21 and her family - including her younger sister Edwina - come from out of town. Kate makes her debut on the marriage market and is starkly different to her sister, but the pair nonetheless have a close relationship.

Who is in the cast of Bridgerton season 2?

Ruth Gemmell, Claudia Jessie, Jonathan Bailey and Luke Thompson in Bridgerton season 2 Netflix

The biggest news we’ve had so far is that Regé-Jean Page, aka Simon Basset,Duke of Hastings, will NOT be returning to the show.

His character is not prominent in the second season and so he was originally only signed up for the first series – however according to The Hollywood Reporter the actor turned down a five-episode deal for season 2, much to the chagrin of his huge fan base.

However, Simon’s partner Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) is still set to be a key cast member.

Jonathan Bailey returns as Anthony Bridgerton alongside Sex Education’s Simone Ashley, who has been cast as the female lead, playing marriage market newcomer Kate Sharma.

Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury, Shelley Conn as Mary Sharma and Charithra Chandran as Edwina Sharma in Bridgerton season 2 Netflix

Kate’s younger sister Edwina will be played by Charitha Chandran.

Shelley Conn, who you may recognise from McDonald & Dodds and Liar, will play Lady Mary Sharma and Calam Lynch plays printer’s assistant Theo Sharpe.

Rupert Young, whose previous credits include Merlin, has also joined the cast as Jack.

And Rupert Evans has been cast as Edmund Bridgerton, the devoted husband of Violet Bridgerton who takes pride in guiding his eldest son Anthony through life.

As the first-look images show above, Claudia Jessie (Eloise Bridgerton), Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury), Ruth Gemmell (Lady Violet Bridgerton) and Luke Thompson (Benedict Bridgerton) have all returned for series 2, while Nicola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington) also featured in a panel discussion (see below) to talk about her season 2 experience so far.

It is likely that Julie Andrews will return as the voice of Lady Whistledown, while Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte) and Polly Walker (Lady Portia Featherington) are also expected to return.

Bridgerton season 2 trailer

There is no season 2 trailer as yet, though Netflix put out the following announcement video:

And Netflix also released a video of stars Simone Ashley, Jonathan Bailey, Charithra Chandran and Nicola Coughlan at the TUDUM fan event for a panel discussion about their experiences on the series:

Bridgerton season 3 and season 4

Netflix has ordered seasons 3 and 4 of the hit period drama, so expect more thrills from the Bridgerton family. We expect these series will continue to follow the plot of the books, but keep checking back on this page for more information as we get it.

Bridgerton season 1 is streaming now on Netflix.

Bridgerton season 2 will premiere in 2022.