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Netflix’s Bridgerton season 2: the first look at the new series and some anticipated plotline details

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Can’t wait for the return of Bridgerton season two? Us neither. As exciting first look imagery has just been revealed, here’s everything you need to know about the hit Netflix series, from the new series release date to details on the cast returning to the show

Having blessed all Bridgerton fans with a confirmed release date (25 March) on Christmas Day, the excitement for the eagerly awaited second series has been gathering momentum – in a fashion that’s only typical of Netflix’s most-watched show, after all.

Now, hold on to your top hats and prepare your carriages: we finally have a first look at the second season of Bridgerton.

While the usual glitz and glamour of the series is clear to see, the new imagery has introduced us further to Sex Education’s Simone Ashley, who will be playing the series’ female lead and Anthony Bridgerton’s love interest Miss Kate Sharma. 

As well as looking impressively badass with a gun slung over her shoulder in one shot, we also get a glimpse of the new character being swept off her feet in an intimate dance with Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) himself.

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Sex Education's Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey in the new series of Netflix's Bridgerton.

We also get our first look at Kate and her younger sister Edwina (Charithra Chandran) – the new sister duo that are set to shake things up further in the Ton.

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Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran will star as sisters Kate and Edwina in Bridgerton series two.

After a long and impatient wait to find out when Netflix’s Bridgerton will be returning to our screens for season two, the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes tweeted a video clip on Christmas Day to mark the three-month countdown to the second season of Netflix’ most-watched show.    

“Prepare the carriages, dear reader. #Bridgerton is back on March 25, 2022!”, Rhimes tweeted, much to the delight (and relief) of fans across the world who had been following breadcrumbs that would hopefully lead to this long-awaited reveal. 

Taking to Instagram on 20 November last year, creator executive producer Chris Van Dusen confirmed that filming on the second series had officially wrapped. He shared a photo of himself alongside the show’s stars Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley and wrote: “And that’s an official wrap on Season Two! I am so proud of this cast and crew who all brought their A-games to work each and every day in this very challenging year. I cannot wait for the world to see what we have in store for them. And these two in this photo with me right here. Words are not enough. We’ll be coming in 2022.” 

With the focus for season two shifting towards Bailey’s character Anthony’s search for love, it’s safe to say we’re pretty excited to see the dynamic between Bailey and Ashley play out on screen.

Keep reading to check out everything else we know about Bridgerton season two so far. 

What is Bridgerton season two about?

The second season of Bridgerton follows Lord Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), the eldest Bridgerton sibling and Viscount, as he sets out to find a suitable wife. 

The synopsis reads: “Driven by his duty to uphold the family name, Anthony’s search for a debutante who meets his impossible standards seems ill-fated until Kate (Simone Ashley) and her younger sister Edwina (Charithra Chandran) Sharma arrive from India. When Anthony begins to court Edwina, Kate discovers the true nature of his intentions – a true love match is not high on his priority list – and decides to do everything in her power to stop the union. 

“But in doing so, Kate and Anthony’s verbal sparring matches only bring them closer together, complicating matters on both sides. Across Grosvenor Square, the Featheringtons must welcome the newest heir to their estate while Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) continues to navigate the ton whilst keeping her deepest secret from the people closest to her.”

Certain details were revealed in a letter from the show’s mysterious matriarch Lady Whistledown in January last year, where she also confirmed that the show would be entering production in spring 2021.

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

The second series of Bridgerton is inspired by the second book in Julia Quinn’s series The Viscount Who Loved Me, which details Anthony’s search for a wife.

The second book also follows Anthony as he bids to make Edwina Sharma – aka, the “most beautiful debutante of the current season” – his wife. The only problem? There’s an obstacle in his way – Edwina’s older sister, Kate.

Indeed, as the book’s official synopsis reads: “Kate is determined to do all she can to allow her sister the chance to marry for love rather than convenience. And the roguish viscount is beginning to think he may have met his match in Kate’s keen wit and sharp tongue. Until, that is, he makes the mistake of kissing her…” 

Who will star in Bridgerton season two? 

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Simone Ashley will star as Kate Sharma, Anthony Bridgerton's love interest.

We expect most of the cast from season one to return in some capacity minus Regé-Jean Page, who announced he wouldn’t be returning for season two in April this year.

However, there are a bunch of new faces joining the show for season two. These include Sex Education’s Simone Ashley, who will be starring as Miss Kate Sharma, and Dunkirk’s Calam Lynch, who will play Theo Sharpe, a “hardworking printer’s assistant” who “fights for the rights for all”.   

Other faces joining the cast are Charithra Chandran, who will play Kate’s younger sister Edwina, Shelley Conn, who will play Kate’s mother Mary, and Rupert Young, who will play Jack, “the newest member of the ton”.

The Man In The High Castle’s Rupert Evans will also play Edmund Bridgerton, Violet’s late husband and the father of all the Bridgerton children. 

Has Netflix released any images from season two?

It has indeed. 

As well as images of the new cast members, we also get a sneak peek at some of our returning favourites in the Bridgerton clan such as Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne Basset) having a tense word with her older brother.

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Phoebe Dynevor will be returning as Daphne Basset in the new series of Bridgerton.

We also have a glimpse of the Featherington women (looking as bejewelled as ever) and Penelope (Coughlan) having quite the heartwarming moment with Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) – could the two be discussing her secret persona? 

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The Featherington women are back in series two of Bridgerton.

Or will Penelope continue to go undetected in the new series?

While we don’t know the answer to this burning question quite just yet, we’re sure that Penelope will likely continue to put people off the scent of her double identity as Lady Whistledown.      

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Nicola Coughlan and Claudia Jessie reprise their roles as Penelope and Eloise.

During the platform’s global fan event last year, Netflix also released a series of season two images via its official Twitter account.

The images, which mark our first look at season two, depict Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran in their roles as Kate and Edwina Sharma – the two sisters who attract the attention of Anthony Bridgerton.   

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Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran in action as Kate and Edwina Sharma.

While there’s no more information accompanying the shot, it looks like it’s taking place at a ball – perhaps one where the Sharma sisters are being introduced to the Ton for the first time.

Is there a trailer for Bridgerton season two?

Not yet – but we do have a first-look clip that gives us a taste of Anthony and Kate’s relationship. You can watch the clip below: 

What has been said about Bridgerton season two?

During an exclusive interview with Radio Times in October, Nicola Coughlan – who plays Penelope Featherington on the show – gave fans a taste of what to expect from season two, revealing that the finale would be full of “big, heavy, dramatic stuff”.  

Coughlan – whose character was revealed as the notorious gossip writer Lady Whistledown at the end of the season one finale – also confirmed that fans would be seeing more of Whistledown’s secret life throughout the show’s second season.

“That final moment of series one was definitely a peek into her life,” she said. “I think in series two you kind of see how the sausage gets made and all that’s happening. I felt very lucky when I got given the script to series two, like when you’re an actor in a show already… [and] they’ve just given [me] so much good stuff.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Coughlan teased that Penelope will face “repercussions” for her duplicity, and that she “matures” and grows “closer” to Colin Bridgerton throughout the series. 

“The drama has amped up a lot,” she added. “As I say, we’re shooting all those big dramatic scenes for the end. It’s exhausting but very satisfying.” 

When and where will Bridgerton season two be released?

There were fears that the show would be delayed due to coronavirus-related setbacks on set – but there’s no need to fear.

Bridgerton will be returning for its second series on 25 March.

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As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time.