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'Bridgerton' Season 2 Casting News: Simone Ashley to Play Female Lead Opposite Jonathan Bailey

Big casting news for the second season of Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton was just announced!

Simone Ashley has landed the lead female role in season two of the Shondaland show, based on the novels by Julia Quinn.

Season two will follow Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and his search for love. Deadline reports that Simone has been cast as his romantic interest Kate Sharma.

“Newly arrived in London, Kate is a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools — Anthony Bridgerton very much included,” the outlet reported. The character in the Bridgerton book series is named Kate Sheffield, but the television series will have the character be from Indian descent.

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Jonathan Bailey Teases 'Bridgerton' Season 2 Easter Eggs

Jonathan Bailey is teasing!

The 32-year-old actor opened up about Easter eggs for the upcoming second season of Bridgerton in an interview with British Vogue.

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“Well, I feel like the campy, plush spectacle of the Bridgerton world is only going to get more pronounced in the best way possible. It’s mad, and it’s brilliant. There are also going to be a lot of brilliant characters introduced in this series–and it’s not just Anthony that we’re going to delve into…The robust universe that’s been set up by Shonda [Rhimes] and Chris [Van Dusen] will just expand and keep pushing boundaries in a way that’s quietly subversive. There’s just going to be more of what everyone loves, I think,” he explained.

He added “there’s loads of little Easter eggs for all of the characters…I’ll say this, watch out for the bees.”

The numbers are in for Bridgertonfind out how many people are watching!

Jonathan Bailey Dishes On 'Bridgerton' Season Two Hopes Just After The Series Was Renewed For Season Two

Jonathan Bailey is opening up about the recently announced season two of Netflix’s Bridgerton.

The 32-year-old actor plays the role of Anthony Bridgerton, who will be the focus of the forthcoming season that was announced Lady Whistledown style.

Speaking to ET, Jonathan opened up about what he’s hoping for the series when production resumes in the spring, and also revealed that he’s growing out his “mutton chops” to play Anthony once again.

“It’s just going to get more exciting and convoluted and sexier, I think,” Jonathan adds about the content of season two. “[The series will] be pushing boundaries every single way.”

He also spoke about Anthony’s love life and how the television show and the book will be similar, but not word for word, and he also mentioned if Kate Sheffield, who comes into Anthony’s life and shakes things up in the book series, will make an appearance.

“Having read the second book, if Anthony gets to meet anyone half as brilliant as Kate Sheffield is, then he’s going to be a very lucky man,” Jonathan says.

“I sort of feel really sorry for him,” Jonathan continued, as he spoke about Anthony’s arc. “I think he means really well. No doubt that he’ll still be there to try to protect people in the way that he does and probably fail miserably. But yeah, we need to see him smiling.”

After the season two announcement, Bridgerton‘s showrunner opened up about how much of Daphne and Simon we’ll see in the new season.

Bridgerton season one is streaming on Netflix now.

'Bridgerton' Officially Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix, Lady Whistledown Confirms Major Plot Point!

In news that should surprise no one, Bridgerton has been officially renewed for season two at Netflix!

The show was an instant smash-hit on the streaming service, bringing in huge ratings after just a few days.

Lady Whistledown officially revealed a major plot point of season two in a letter…Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) will be the focus of the second season!

Read her note to fans, embedded just below…

Netflix Renews Bridgerton

Be sure to find out how many seasons the show could likely have on Netlflix (this news will really excite fans of the show!)

Here’s a synopsis of the first season: Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), 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 parent’s 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 (Regé-Jean Page), 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.

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Bridgerton's Jonathan Bailey Reveals the Disney Prince He Crushed On, Plus Talks His Perfect Date

Jonathan Bailey, one of the breakout stars of the new Netflix series Bridgerton, is opening up about his first crushes and his idea for an ideal date.

The 32-year-old actor, who is openly gay, participated in a new video interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK.

“My first crush was probably Anita in Heartbreak High… and if not Anita, it was Prince Eric, from Little Mermaid,” he said. “With the big blue eyes, and just, the whole idea of wanting to be onshore with Prince Eric is pretty damn dreamy.”

On his perfect date, Jonathan said, “For me I think going on a little adventure, getting a pint, exploring. So many a ramble or a bike ride of something like that I think is nice. A change of scenery.”

Here’s what Jonathan had to say about whether his sideburns are real or fake.

Find Out How Many People Watched 'Bridgerton' on Netflix!

Bridgerton is on track to become one of Netflix’s biggest launches of all time!

The new series from Shonda Rhimes‘ production company Shondaland is on course to be viewed by 63 million households in its first 28 days on the streaming service.

These numbers will rank Bridgerton as the fifth biggest launch for a Netflix series. The current top four consist of The Witcher, Stranger Things season three, Money Heist season four, and Tiger King.

A second season of Bridgerton hasn’t been ordered yet, but it seems likely that the show will get one thanks to the major success. The season one finale might have given a clue about what’s to come in the next season!

There’s one actor who has a small role in season one and fans are just now realizing where they recognize him from!

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Bridgerton's Jonathan Bailey Reveals if His Sideburns Were Real or Fake

Jonathan Bailey is one of the breakout stars of the new Netflix series Bridgerton and one of his characters most prominent features is his unique sideburns!

The 32-year-old British actor, who talked about being an out gay actor this week, opened up about his sideburns in another new interview.

Jonathan also responded to a reporter saying that it’s a “horny” show.

“I feel like I’ve just been given a badge of honor. I don’t think horny is the right word, though. It is horny, but it’s also romantic, bruising, and intimate,” Jonathan told The Cut in response.

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