Bridgerton season 2—everything you need to know about the cast, plot and more

Bridgerton season 2 release date is drawing closer and already some serious hints have been dropped…

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The Bridgerton season 2 release date has been the subject on every loyal fan’s mind since they finished the Regency drama's first spellbinding season—but when will it return and who will be joining the cast?

From the moment Bridgerton landed on Netflix on Christmas Day 2020, with its sumptuous costumes, intriguing secrets, and steamy romances, the period drama delivered everything fans were looking for and more. The show was a huge success and Bridgerton secured 12 Emmy nominations at the 73rd awards, including ‘Outstanding Drama Series’ and ‘Outstanding Period Costumes’. 

However, there are going to be a lot of changes in the new season as Regé-Jean confirmed he would not be returning for Bridgerton season 2. Though this sad news hasn't stopped fan's excitement about the next season of the show.  

So here is everything you need to know about Bridgerton season 2. 

What is the Bridgerton season 2 release date?

Bridgerton season 2 was confirmed just one month after the first season landed on Netflix, much to the delight of Bridgerton fans everywhere. 

The announcement posted by the official Bridgerton Twitter account read, "The incomparable cast of Bridgerton will return to production in the Spring of 2021".

Fans were able to get a sneak peek as Bridgerton season 2 began filming and once again we were all swept up in the Regency drama.

Although it has not been confirmed when the Bridgerton release date will be, we do know that filming was halted on a number of occasions due to the pandemic. This could mean that the release date is later than expected.

However, fans are still hopeful that the second series may be released in 2021, perhaps on Christmas Day, in keeping with the release date of the first season. 


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Who will be in the Bridgerton season 2 cast? 

Sadly the Duke of Hastings will not be returning to the Bridgerton season 2 cast, but given Phoebe's presence on set, his wife Daphne Bridgerton, the new Duchess of Hastings, will be back. 

So will Jonathan Bailey who plays her brother Anthony Bridgerton, on whom the second season will reportedly focus. 

Most of their fellow Bridgerton season 1 stars are also expected to return alongside them, including Julie Andrews as the voice of the mysterious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown. 

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Though Bridgerton has also cast some new but familiar faces for season 2, including Sex Education star Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma. 

Netflix has now confirmed several other new additions, including Charithra Chandran as Edwina Sharma, Shelley Conn as Edwina and Kate Sharma's mum, Calam Lynch as Theo Sharpe, and Rupert Young as Jack.

What will Bridgerton season 2 be about? 

Bridgerton season 2’s plot is expected to follow the pattern of Julia Quinn’s best-selling book series, which takes readers through each of the Bridgerton siblings' stories in turn. 

Season 1 mostly focused on the romance between Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings, matching the plot of Julia’s first book in the series, The Duke and I. 

Meanwhile, the confirmation of season 2 back in January revealed that the new season will focus on Anthony Bridgerton. 


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This is something that fans of book 2, The Viscount Who Loved Me, might have already guessed. Posting in the style of Lady Whistledown’s infamous newsletters, the announcement went on to reveal that, ‘This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season’ of the next installment.

As a result, it’s understood that Bridgerton season 2’s plot will follow the eldest Bridgerton son’s romance with suitor Edwina Sharma, only to find himself transfixed by her sister Kate.

This plotline has been hinted at in the trailer released by Netflix, which implies that Anthony and Kate suggest that their romance may take on the classic trope of enemies to lovers. 

In the clip, the pair discuss Anthony's derogatory way of speaking about women as Kate firmly puts the eldest Bridgerton in his place.

What happens in Bridgerton book 2?

Bridgerton book 2, The Viscount Who Loved Me, could give viewers a great indication of the steamy scenes and secrets that will be brought to life in season 2. In this second novel, the focus is all on wayward brother Anthony Bridgerton. 

Anthony may be London’s most famous and eligible bachelor, but he has finally decided the time has come to find a suitable match. 

Anthony soon meets the perfect woman, but her older sister Kate is determined to stop the betrothal. Though while Kate tries to persuade her sister to end things with the Bridgerton bachelor and protect her from his rogue ways, Anthony realizes that Kate's now the one capturing his imagination. 

Although this will be the primary focus of the season, other storylines from the first season will also be picked up and we shall learn more about Penelope Featherington's secret identity and how Daphne Bridgerton is adjusting to motherhood.


The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn |Amazon | £3.49

Elusive bachelor, Anthony Bridgerton, hasn't just decided to marry - he's actually chosen a wife. Only his intended's sister Kate can't help meddling, determined to put an end to the betrothal and protect her sister from getting hurt by rogue Anthony. Before long, however, Kate is the one haunting his dreams.

How can you watch Bridgerton season 2? 

As with the first season of Bridgerton, it’s thought that fans will be able to race their way through Bridgerton season 2 on Netflix. 

The hit show premiered on the popular streaming platform on Christmas Day 2020 and no announcement has been given so far to suggest that the much-anticipated season 2 will be landing elsewhere in the future.  

How many seasons of Bridgerton will there be?  

Following on from the revelation that Bridgerton season 2 was coming soon, it didn't take long for Netflix to confirm Bridgerton seasons 3 and 4 in April. Previously discussing the amount of material provided by Julia Quinn’s book series, showrunner Chris Van Dusen revealed that there could be plenty more seasons to come.

Speaking to Collider, he said, “This being a family of eight children and there being eight books, I would love to be able to focus and really tell stories and love stories for all the Bridgerton siblings. For each character, for sure. I would love that.”

While we might not yet have a Bridgerton season 2 release date confirmed, the prospect of even more Regency-era romance to come is already something to look forward to. 

Until then, fans will just have to remain patient as they catch up on all their favorite moments from season 1 on Netflix. 

Emma Shacklock

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