Lady Whistledown has a brand new couple to sustain with! Simone Ashley is ready to star in season 2 of Bridgerton as Kate, a love curiosity for Jonathan Bailey’s Anthony Bridgerton.
Netflix introduced the 25-year-old British actress’ casting information on Monday, February 15: “Get ready to fall in love with Simone Ashley, who will play Kate in season 2 of Bridgerton, Kate is a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools — Anthony Bridgerton very much included.”
Bridgerton, which was launched final month, is predicated on Julia Quinn‘s novels. Not lengthy after the present, which is government produced by Shonda Rhimes, began streaming, showrunner Chris Van Dusen confirmed that the collection was renewed for season 2.
“We have a bunch of new characters we are going to be introducing,” Van Dusen stated on the Today present in January. “Anthony is going to have a love interest next season, and I think it’s going to be as sweeping and moving and as beautiful as viewers of the first season have come to expect from the show.”
Bailey, for his half, teased the character of Kate throughout a current interview with Entertainment Tonight.
(*5*) he informed the outlet on January 21. “It’s just going to get more exciting and convoluted and sexier, I think. … That the story is going to be really exciting.”
The actor added that the steamy collection will proceed to push boundaries in “every single way” in season 2.
“I think Chris Van Dusen has got this amazing ability to take Julia Quinn’s extraordinary books and her amazing worlds that she delicately filled with excitement and sexiness. And he takes it to a whole other level,” Bailey added. “So the fact that we’re following Anthony’s pursuit for love shows that you know there’s definitely going to be some similarities.”
After the casting information broke, Bailey took to Instagram to share Van Dusen’s announcement. He tagged his new costar and added a pink coronary heart emoji and bee GIF.
Bridgerton’s cast additionally consists of Regé-Jean Page, Phoebe Dynevor, Nicola Coughlan, Claudia Jessie, Ruby Barker, Adjoa Andoh, Golda Rosheuvel, Luke Newton, Ruby Stokes, Will Tilston, Florence Hunt, Ruth Gemmell, Bessie Carter, Sabrina Bartlett, Harriet Cains, Polly Walker, Ben Miller, Martins Imhangbe, Lorraine Ashbourne and Julie Andrews because the voice of Lady Whistledown.
Netflix has but to announce a launch date for season 2.
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