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'Bridgerton' Season 2: Netflix release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything you need to know

WhatToWatch logo WhatToWatch 10/11/2021 Sean Marland
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Bridgerton season 2 is officially on the way and we couldn't be more excited about returning to a world of sweeping gowns, spectacular balls and scurrilous court gossip. 

The first season saw Daphne Bridgerton and the rakish Duke of Hastings tie the knot after a bumpy ride to the altar and attention will now turn to Julia Quinn's second Bridgerton novel — which follows Daphne’s older brother, the roguish Lord Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey).

Here's everything we know about the return of one of Netflix's biggest shows.

'Bridgerton' season 2 release date

In January 2021, the story’s narrator and famed gossip sheet writer, Lady Whistledown said: “The ton are abuzz with the latest gossip and so it is my honour to impart to you: Bridgerton shall officially return for a second season. I do hope you have stored a bottle of ratafia for this most delightful occasion.”

Shooting began on the much-anticipated second season in Spring of 2021, while Netflix recently confirmed the show will return to our screens some time in 2022. 

If you've missed the first season of Bridgerton, well what you are you waiting for...

'Bridgerton' season 2 plot

“This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season," says Lady Whistledown. "I will have my pen ready to report on any and all of his romantic activities.

“However, gentle reader, before you set the comments section alight with requests for more sordid details, know that I am disinclined to report on the particulars at this time. Patience, after all, is a virtue.”

The second book in Julia Quinn's bestselling series of novels is titled The Viscount Who Loved Me and focuses on Anthony Bridgerton and a new heroine called Kate Sheffield (renamed Kate Sharma in the TV show).

The second season is also expected to pick up where the last one left off with regards to a collection of tantalising sub-plots...

Will we find out more about the new heir to the Featherington estate? Will Penelope Featherington make her feelings to Colin Bridgerton known? Will Eloise Bridgerton finally agree to enter the marriage mart? 

Who is 'Bridgerton' Season 2 heroine Kate Sharma? 

Simone Ashley, star of Sex Education and The Sister, will play Kate Sharma in the second series of Bridgerton. The character is almost 21 in the novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, and only just making her debut on the marriage market, alongside her younger half-sister Edwina as her family — who come from out of town — can only afford to do the season once.  

After the death of her mother when Kate was only 3-years-old, Kate’s father remarried and his new wife, Mary Sheffield, showered the two girls with love. However disaster struck when Kate and Edwina's father then died, leaving Mary without much money and desperate to find her step-daughters suitable husbands.

In her novels, author Julia Quinn writes that Kate "wasn’t the sort who would capture the attention of the ton. She wasn’t pretty enough to overcome her lack of dowry, and she’d never learned to simper and mince and walk delicately, and do all those things other girls seemed to know how to do in the cradle.”

Netflix recently revealed some character bios of this new family... 

Kate Sharma

Kate is equal parts headstrong and whip-smart.  Her sharp wit and independent nature make her a singular force on the 1814 marriage mart, where she hopes to secure a love match for her younger sister, Edwina.

Edwina Sharma

Edwina has been taught by her older sister to be the perfect debutante.  She’s kind-natured and endlessly endearing.  But while she may be young and naive, she also knows what she wants:  a true love match.

Mary Sharma

Mary Sharma was the daughter of an Earl, but gave up her title to run away with her true love – a merchant.  The scandal that quickly ensued has made Mary somewhat of an outsider upon her return to London society for the debut of her daughters.

'Bridgerton' Season 2 cast

Most of our favourites from the first series will be returning will be returning for the new series, yet while season one star Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), will feature, her on-screen husband Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) will not be returning. 

The news was broken at the start of April in an update from Lady Whistledown herself... 

Page also confirmed the news when he revealed conversations he'd had with the show's producers ahead of the first series ...

“It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end — give us a year,” he explains. “I thought 'That’s interesting,' because then it felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”

More casting news came in the form of Charithra Chandran, who will portray Kate Sharma's younger sister, Edwina, a "kind-natured and endlessly endearing,” young woman who's seeking a true love match.  

Shelley Conn (Deep State and Liar) will play their step-mother, Lady Mary Sharma, who returns to high society after causing a scandal with her own marriage. “Now newly returned to London with her daughters, she’s forced to endure the scrutiny of the ton yet again.”

Meanwhile, Calam Lynch (Black Beauty) joins the show as printer’s assistant Theo Sharpe and Rupert Young (Dear Evan Hansen) plays Jack, "the newest member of the ton with a connection to one of its most notable families."

Man In High Castle star will also join the show as Edmund Bridgerton, the family's late patriarch. Father to Daphne, Eloise and the other Bridgerton children, Edmund was a loving and devoted husband “whose true love match with Violet Bridgerton gave them eight perfect children” teases Netflix. “He’s also an endlessly patient and kind father, who takes special pride in guiding his eldest son Anthony through life." 

Bessie Carter will also be returning as Prudence Featherington and her two actor parents are both delighted with the show's success. Bessie's mother Imelda Staunton, who played Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and will play the Queen in The Crown and father Jim Carter (Downton Abbey) are big fans! 

"We're delighted, it's been a huge success," says Carter. "Bessie has had a wonderful time doing it. I'm thrilled on her behalf. They're starting out a second series soon."

Jonathan Bailey (Anthony Bridgerton) will be the star of the second season, alongside Simone Ashley (Kate Sharma).

Julie Andrews, who voices Lady Whistledown, as well as Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte), Nicola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington), and the rest of the core cast including Claudia Jessie, Adjoa Andoh, Ruth Gemmell and Polly Walker, are also expected to return.

...and the new arrivals have immediatley become part of the Bridgerton family, as this Intsagram post from Nicola Coughlan - who plays Penelope Featherington, aka Lady Whistledown - shows... 

What is the second 'Bridgerton' novel about? 

The blurb for Julia Quinn's novel reads...

“Anthony Bridgerton hasn’t just decided to marry — he’s even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended’s older sister, Kate Sheffield — the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate is the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams.

“Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands — and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate is determined to protect her sister — but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony’s lips touch hers, she’s suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself…”

'Bridgerton' season 2 trailer

We're still waiting on an official trailer, but during Netflix's recent "Tudum" event, they debuted the first official clip from Bridgerton season 2, featuring a confrontation between Kate Sharma and Lord Anthony Bridgerton. Certainly looks like their relationship is getting off to a rocky start. Check it out below.

Will there be a Bridgerton prequel? 

Netflix have revealed that a second show in the Bridgerton franchise is in the works. Shonda Rhimes will be writing and producing a spin-off prequel series based on the origins of Queen Charlotte, which will also feature young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury. Exciting! 

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