Simone Ashley Takes The Female Head In Season 2 Of Smash Hit For Netflix And Shondaland – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Bridgerton found his Kate. Simone Ashley (Because at night, Sex education) was selected as the main female opposite Jonathan Bailey in Netflix Season 2 and the hugely popular Shondaland-era drama series based on Julia Quinn’s romance novels.


The second season will be about the search for a suitable marriage for Bridgerton’s older brother, Anthony (Bailey), as recounted in Quinn’s second book. Bridgerton series, The viscount who loved me.

Ashley will play Anthony’s romantic interest, Kate Sharma. New to London, Kate is a smart, headstrong young woman who doesn’t suffer from fools – Anthony Bridgerton (Bailey) is very inclusive.

In season 2, Bridgerton continues to shatter breed conventions. The love interest of Anthony (named Kate Sheffield in Quinn’s novel) and her family were conceived by the show’s creative team as being of Indian descent as a continuation of the reimagined world created in Season 1, which included several major black figures, including the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) and Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel).

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As Season 2 leads, Bailey and Ahsley will take over from Page and Phoebe Dynevor, who rose to global stars as Simon and Daphne, the couple whose radical romance was at the center of Season 1. (Page organizes Saturday Night Live This weekend.)

Ashley is one of the many additions to the cast for season 2 of Bridgerton, which will begin filming this spring in London.

“We have a bunch of new characters we’re going to introduce,” creator and showrunner Chris Van Dusen said as he announced the Season 2 renewal on Today with Hoda & Jenna last month. “Anthony is going to have a love interest next season, and I think it’s going to be as radiant and moving and as beautiful as viewers of the first season have come to expect.”

The Season 2 focal point was teased in the dying minutes of the Season 1 finale when Anthony revealed to Daphne and Simon his plans to “quickly find and declare my intentions to my new Viscountess” following the heartbreaking end of his life. relationship with the opera singer Siena.

“We left him at the end of the first season at a crossroads, so I can’t wait to jump in and find out how he fares in the wedding market,” Van Dusen said in the interview, noting that her hope is for Page and Dynevor to return.

With her vibrant mix of Jane Austen meets Gossip Girl and its contemporary narration redefining the dramatic genres and period novels, Bridgerton captivated audiences around the world to smash Netflix audience records. It went on to become the greatest streamer series ever as 82 million households worldwide watched the first season (partially or in full) in the first four weeks.

The series also stars Nicola Coughlan (“Penelope Featherington”), Claudia Jessie (“Eloise Bridgerton”), Ruby Barker (“Marina Thompson”), Luke Thompson (“Benedict Bridgerton”), Luke Newton (“Colin Bridgerton”) , Ruby Stokes (“Francesca Bridgerton”), Will Tilston (“Gregory Bridgerton”), Florence Hunt (“Hyacinth Bridgerton”), Ruth Gemmell (“Lady Violet Bridgerton”), Bessie Carter (“Prudence Featherington”), Harriet Cains ( “Philipa Featherington”), Polly Walker (“Lady Portia Featherington”), Ben Miller (“Lord Featherington”), Sabrina Bartlett (“Siena Rosso”), Martins Imhangbe (“Will Mondrich”), Kathryn Drysdale (“Madame Geneviève Delacroix ”) and Lorraine Ashbourne (“Mrs. Varley”).

The Van Dusen executive produces with Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.

British actress Ashley was already on Netflix’s radar; she is probably best known for her role as Olivia Hanan in the popular streamer’s series Sex education. She also had a major recurring role in Neil Cross’s 2020 ITV limited series. Sister. His CV also includes an arc on Season 3 of Broadchurch. Ashley is replaced by Gersh, Identity Agency Group in the UK and lawyer Derek Kroeger at Myman Greenspan Fox.

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