Netflix and Shondaland working on a ‘Bridgerton’ prequel focused on Queen Charlotte

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Golda Rosheuvel, who plays Queen Charlotte on “Bridgerton,” will reprise her role in the as-yet-untitled prequel. [Netflix photo]

With the continued success of the period series “Bridgerton” Netflix and Shondaland recently announced the cast of the limited series based on the origins of the historical figure Queen Charlotte.

While the project is untitled, the series centers on the rise and love life of a young Queen Charlotte. It will also focus on Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.

From showrunner, executive producer and writer Shonda Rhimes, through her production company Shondaland, the show will feature Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte), Adjoa Andoh (Lady Agatha Danbury) and Ruth Gemmell (Lady Violet Bridgerton) reprising their roles from “Bridgerton” in the spin-off series.

Tom Verica is the series’ director and executive producer, and Betsy Beers is also executive producer.

Centered on Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power, the “Bridgerton”-verse prequel tells the story of how young Queen Charlotte’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.”

India Amarteifio (“Line of Duty”) portrays the younger 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”) plays 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, modernizing Britain.

Corey Mylchreest (“Sandman”) plays 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.

Arsema Thomas, making her television debut, portrays 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 recognize as Bridgerton’s iconic Lady Danbury.

Rounding out the cast are Sam Clemmett (“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” – West End and Broadway, “The War Below”) plays Young Brimsley, Richard Cunningham (“The Witcher”) plays Lord Bute, Tunji Kasim (“Nancy Drew”) plays Adolphus, Rob Maloney (“Casualty”) plays the Royal Doctor, Cyril Nri (“Cucumber”) plays Lord Danbury, and Hugh Sachs (“Bridgerton” Seasons 1 and 2) plays the older Brimsley.


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