This is what the Bridgerton cast look like in real life - and where you might have seen them before

This isn’t the first you’ve seen of the Netflix period drama’s stars

BRIDGERTON, Golda Rosheuvel, The Duke and I', (Season 1, ep. 105, aired Dec. 25, 2020)
(Image credit: photo: Liam Daniel / ©Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection via Alamy)

The Bridgerton cast has received acclaim from fans across the world for their compelling portrayal of writer Julia Quinn’s book characters. From lead actors such as Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dyvenor, who play central love interests Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings and Daphne Bridgerton, to the wonderful narration of Dame Julie Andrews as mysterious gossip writer Lady Whistledown, Bridgerton has an all-star cast. But whilst we might all be swept away by their brilliance in Netflix’s hit period drama, this likely isn’t the first you’ve seen of them. 

Many fans might not have recognised the Bridgerton cast outside of the glamorous Regency-era surroundings. But if you look a little closer, you might just notice a few familiar faces.

Here’s what the Bridgerton cast looks like in real life - and where you might have seen them before... 

Where have you seen the Bridgerton cast before?

Regé-Jean Page, playing Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings

Regé-Jean Page quickly left a lasting impression on Bridgerton fans when he appeared on screen as handsome and wealthy Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Prior to landing this exciting role, he also appeared in Bridgerton producer Shonda Rhimes’ For the People, as well as in British television series Waterloo Road, amongst other projects. 

Nicola Coughlan, playing Penelope Featherington 

Penelope Featherington might come across as a little unassuming at first in Netflix’s Bridgerton, but that doesn’t mean you won’t recognise her very talented actor, Nicola Coughlan. The Irish star first rose to fame in the award-winning comedy, Derry Girls, set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, where she played Clare. She also played Hannah Dalton in Hulu series Harlots. 

In Bridgerton, she plays the youngest Featherington and is best friends with Eloise Bridgerton. By the time the series reaches the end, it’s revealed there’s much more to Penelope than meets the eye. 

Golda Rosheuvel, playing Queen Charlotte

In Bridgerton, Golda Rosheuvel spectacularly plays the glamorous Queen Charlotte. And her theatrical career will likely have helped her bring this flamboyant character to life. Golda has appeared in everything from A Christmas Carol to Electra and Romeo & Juliet, whilst her film credits include Lady Macbeth and I Remember You. 

Polly Walker, playing Portia Featherington

In Bridgerton, Polly Walker expertly plays Featherington matriarch Portia and she is no stranger to period and historical dramas, having appeared in Mr Selfridge and Rome. But perhaps her most famous recent role was as Gill Biggeloe in BBC’s Line of Duty. If anyone can play a brilliant schemer, it’s Polly Walker! 

Ben Miller, playing Lord Featherington

Acting as Polly Walker's on-screen husband, Lord Featherington, Ben Miller will be instantly recognisable to fans of the BBC comedy-drama Death in Paradise where he played DI Richard Poole in the first 2 series. Bridgerton viewers might also have seen him before in Johnny English and Paddington 2.

Adjoa Andoh, playing Lady Danbury

In Bridgerton, Adjoa Andoh plays Simon Basset’s insightful mentor Lady Danbury who is not a lady to be crossed. In real life, Adjoa has appeared in many Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre products as well as in a variety of television projects that include Law & Order: UK, Doctor Who and Liar. 

Did you recognise any of the Bridgerton cast from their other roles?

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!