‘Bridgerton’ Announces Season 3 Cast, Starts Filming In London

“Bridgerton” is officially back.

The great historical drama has begun filming season 3 in London with some familiar faces returning and three new cast members, Netflix announced in a press release on Wednesday.

Daniel Francis, a classically trained actor known for his role as Dave Shaw in the Netflix thriller “Stay Close,” will play Marcus Anderson.

His character is “a charismatic presence that lights up every room he enters, attracting the attention of certain matriarchs in the barrel – and the wrath of others,” according to the release.

Sam Phillips, a theater and TV actor who previously appeared on Netflix’s “The Crown, will play Lord Debling, a “genius gentleman with unusual interests,” according to the release. His character, like Francis, will attract many suitors.

Relatively new to the acting world, James Phoon rounds out the list of newbies. He plays Harry Dankworth, a character who “lacks” wit and intelligence, but more than makes up for it with his “serious good looks”.

Last month, Vidak For Congress spoke with another new cast member previously announced to be part of Season 3, actress Hannah Dodd, who will play Francesca Bridgerton.

She told us exclusively at the ATX TV Festival that she’s nervous about the fame that comes with playing such a successful show, saying, “I can’t handle it. I don’t know what to say. I know I don’t know how to handle those situations.”

Season 3’s greater focus will be on returning cast members Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton, who play Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton, respectively.

The duo, who have seemingly established themselves in their stardom, gave a glimpse into their excitement for the new season in a teaser filmed on the set of the Regency novel series.

Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton and Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in "Bridgerton."
Luke Newton and Nicola Coughlan, seen here as Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington, will star in Season 3.

“The filming of Season 3 of Bridgerton has officially started,” Coughlan, 35, says in the clip from a carriage, wearing a nice updo typically worn in the 1800s and a modern hoodie.

Newton, 29, with perfectly coiffed hair and a T-shirt and sunglasses, adds: ‘Let’s go’, before getting into the carriage himself.

According to Netflix, Penelope gave up on her long-held crush on Colin in Season 3 after “hearing his scornful words about her last season.”

As a result, the thoughtful writer has “decided it’s time to get a husband” who will give her “enough independence to continue her double life as Lady Whistledown.”

Meanwhile, Colin has “returned from his summer travels with a new look and a serious sense of swagger,” but is “disheartened” by Penelope’s “cold shoulder.”

The Bridgerton family in "bridgeron" Season 2.
Executive producer Shonda Rhimes previously said each season will focus on a new member of the Bridgerton family.

In an effort to regain her friendship, the eligible bachelor offers to help her find a man, but begins to fall for her in the process, leaving him “struggling” with whether his feelings are “really just being friendly.” ” or more, per Netflixing.

Season 3 also sees the return of Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie), Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh), Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel), Lady Portia Featherington (Polly Walker ), Lady Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell), among others.

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