Lady Whistledown continues to shock, but her last show was almost too much for Bridgerton viewers: Rége-Jean Page, the man behind the Duke of Hastings, will not return in the second season. (It turns out that only the British-Zimbabwean actor signed up for the first time, according to his storyline in the books.) Page’s costar, Phoebe Dynevor, on the other hand, stays informed. “Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister,” suggested Shondaland [Whistledown’s] Readers may be able to take it. “
Meanwhile, Netflix and Shondaland are making up for the loss by adding more targets for Lady Whistledown’s sour pen. We already know that Season 2 will focus on taming Jonathan Bailey’s oldest Briderton sibling, Anthony. Simone Ashley has been cast as his potential love interest, Kate Sharma. With a completely new storyline, there are new opportunities to support characters and fresh faces.
Edwina Sharna seems to be something of a mirror of Daphne’s stance in season 1. “She is good-natured and infinitely lovable,” Shondaland teased. “But while she may be young and naive, she also knows what she wants: a match of true love.” And thanks to her older sister, Edwina knows how to be “the perfect debutante”. She is portrayed by Charithra Chandran, a newcomer who has previously only appeared in the Amazon Prime series Alex Rider.
Theo Sharpe, a “hardworking printer assistant” and “intellectual who fights for the rights of all”, is played by Calam Lynch. The Irish actor has a theater background dating back to his time in Oxford, but also has experience with blockbusters: his first role on screen was in Dunkirk in 2017.
Shelley Conn, chosen by Steven Spielberg for the 2011 TV series Terra Nova, seems to be delivering one of the juiciest storylines of the season. The 44-year-old character, Lady Mary Sharma, returns to Bridgerton after a stay in London, where she and her two daughters fled after a marriage scandal.
Jack, a well-connected character who wasn’t in the Bridgerton books, is full of secrets. He is portrayed by Robert Young, the 42-year-old who previously starred in the BBC’s fantasy series Merlin and starred in the West End production of Dear Evan Hansen.