Attention, gossips: Season 2 of Netflix’s ‘Bridgerton’ will go heavy on Anthony

Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor in a scene from "Bridgerton"
The first season of “Bridgerton” revolved primarily around the courtship of Duke Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page) and Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor).
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“Bridgerton,” the Regency-era period piece based on the novels of Julia Quinn, is coming back for a second season on Netflix.

The streaming service made the announcement Thursday in the voice of Lady Whistledown, the series’ certified gossip-monger. Production on the romantic drama, executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, is set to begin this spring.

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“This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season. I will have my pen ready to report on any and all of his romantic activities,” a press release said, giving a hint at the upcoming plot line.

“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,” it continued. “Patience, after all, is a virtue.”

The first season of “Bridgerton,” which debuted on Christmas Day and reimagines the decorum and race relations of the uptight era through a modern lens, revolved primarily around the romantic foibles of Lady Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Duke Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page).

“Much of its lively, fast-paced story is filtered through [Daphne’s] gaze, with longing, conquest, passion, sex, love and loss all hers to explore, enjoy and agonize over,” The Times’ TV critic Lorraine Ali wrote in her review. “It’s a welcome flip of the script from TV’s traditional period romances.”

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In Season 2, the focus will turn to eldest Bridgerton sibling Anthony, played by Jonathan Bailey. In the first season, the character was preoccupied by a forbidden romance with an opera singer in addition to meddling in Daphne’s romantic situation — meddling in large part because with his father gone, he’s now the head of the family.


“I’m excited for Anthony. I really care for him. If I get to fall in love vicariously through him ... then that’s going to be amazing,” Bailey said in a December interview with Decider.

“I just want him to be OK. I want to see him smile. And I want to see him dance. Because he deserves the happiness afforded to other characters much earlier in their lives.”

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