Queen Charlotte: Netflix unveils cast for Bridgerton spin-off
James R | On 31, Mar 2022
Netflix has unveiled the cast for its upcoming Bridgerton spin-off, which will put Queen Charlotte centre stage.
The series will chart the the origins of the historical figure Queen Charlotte, centring on the rise and love life of the young royal, as well as Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury. Chronicling Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power, the Bridgerton-verse prequel tells the story of how the young Queen’s marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton.
Shonda Rhimes will serve as Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer, with Tom Verica on board Director/Executive Producer and Betsy Beers also serving as Executive Producer.
Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte), Adjoa Andoh (Lady Agatha Danbury) and Ruth Gemmell (Lady Violet Bridgerton) will reprise their roles from Bridgerton for the series. They will be joined by India Amarteifio (Line of Duty) as Young Queen Charlotte. Betrothed to the mysterious King of England against her will, Charlotte arrives in London only to realize she was not exactly what the royals were expecting. As she learns to navigate the palace, the Ton and her unpredictable husband, she grows into one of Europe’s most unforgettable monarchs.
Michelle Fairley (Gangs of London) will play Princess Augusta. Determined to maintain her family’s power, the Dowager Princess does what it takes to secure her son’s place as monarch amidst a changing, modernising Britain.
Corey Mylchreest (Sandman) will play Young King George. Handsome, charismatic, and a bit of a mystery, George has always bowed to the restraints placed on him as the Crown. Until now. Having to share his space, and bed, with his new wife forces George to face his hidden demons head on.
Newcomer Arsema Thomas will play Young Agatha Danbury. Under the thumb of a much older husband, Agatha uses Charlotte’s arrival to find her own way into society. With keen knowledge of the once divided social scene and the intricacies of marriage, Agatha becomes a guiding light for the new Queen, all while finding her own voice and power we’ll soon recognise as Bridgerton’s iconic Lady Danbury.
And rounding out the cast are Sam Clemmett (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – West End and Broadway, The War Below) as Young Brimsley, Richard Cunningham (The Witcher) as Lord Bute, Tunji Kasim (Nancy Drew) as Adolphus, Rob Maloney (Casualty) as the Royal Doctor, Cyril Nri (Cucumber) as Lord Danbury and Hugh Sachs (Bridgerton Seasons 1 and 2) as Brimsley (older).
While the project is untitled, the above image of a table read on 18th March was released with the title “Jewels” in the file name, which suggests that this has, at some point during pre-production, been the working title for the series.
Bridgerton spin-off series in the works at Netflix
15th May 2021
Queen Charlotte is taking centre stage in a new Bridgerton spin-off series, currently in the works at Netflix.
Created by longtime Shonda Rhimes collaborator Chris Van Dusen (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice), Bridgerton is inspired by Julia Quinn’s novels and follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market.
The period drama has been a hit for Netflix, with 82 million households choosing to watch the series in its first four weeks on the service. Now, hot on the heels of renewing the series for Season 3 and 4, Shondaland and Netflix are expanding the Bridgerton universe with a limited series based on the origins of Queen Charlotte.
While the series will center on the rise and love life of the young Charlotte, it will also tell the stories of young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury. Shonda Rhimes will write the series and serve as executive producer alongside Betsy Beers and Tom Verica. An official title and more details will be revealed at a later time.
Bela Bajaria of Netflix says: “Many viewers had never known the story of Queen Charlotte before Bridgerton brought her to the world, and I’m thrilled this new series will further expand her story and the world of Bridgerton. Shonda and her team are thoughtfully building out the Bridgerton universe so they can keep delivering for the fans with the same quality and style they love. And by planning and prepping all the upcoming seasons now, we also hope to keep up a pace that will keep even the most insatiable viewers totally fulfilled.”
“As we continue to expand the world of Bridgerton, we now have the opportunity to devote even more of the Shondaland fold to the Bridgerton-verse,” says CEO of Shondaland, Shonda Rhimes.“
Jess Brownell (Scandal) has also been appointed as showrunner for Bridgerton Season 3 and 4.