By Sarah Finley
We're all waiting, with bated breathe, for the second season of Bridgerton, after the first season became a runaway success earlier this year.
However, it looks like we may be waiting longer than planned—with filming being shut down a second time, because of COVID-19.
According to Variety, filming, which started in May around the UK, has had to be stopped as one of the crew or cast has tested positive for Covid. However, this isn't the first time that filming has stopped—season two had only resumed this week after one of the crew tested positive.
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The Netflix series, which has recently been given 12 Emmy nominations, will now halt filming until the cast and crew test for Covid-19.
Speaking recently on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Phoebe Dynevor spoke about getting back on set, “I’ve had three days on set. It’s so nice to be back. It’s such a nice feeling. Oh, it’s the best.”
“I cried like seven times when I came back,” Phoebe shared, before explaining exactly why her return was so emotional for her.
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“So much had happened, you know, since the first season. Obviously, Covid and the show coming out and just seeing everyone again - I mean, half their faces, for the most part,” she said, indicating to where face masks would be worn. “It was just so nice.”
Things will be a little different in the next series, with Regé-Jean already sadly confirming he won’t return for season two of Bridgerton. However, there will be some new faces joining the cast, including Sex Education’s Simone Ashley as Anthony Bridgerton’s love interest. Charithra Chandran and Rupert Young have both been tapped for major roles in the series. Chaithra Chandran is a relative newcomer and has only had major roles in Alex Rider as Sabina Pleasance.
Based on Julia Quinn’s popular Bridgerton book series, the show takes place in Regency-Era London, with new seasons expected to mirror the books and focus on each Bridgerton sibling one by one.
The news, of a COVID-19 outbreak on set, comes as Freedom day in the UK is imminent—with all restrictions lifting, including social distancing and some mask-wearing.
Sarah is a freelance writer - writing across titles including Woman & Home, Fit & Well, Tech Radar and the BBC. Covering a variety of subjects, including the royals, celebrities and trends in beauty, fashion and wellness - her biggest passions are travel and fitness. She can normally be found trying out the latest fitness class or on a plane to an exotic destination (pandemic allowing) - or writing about either of them.
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