Netflix has announced that British actor Rupert Evans (The Man in the High Castle, Charmed) has been tapped for a key role in the upcoming second season of Shonda Rhimes’ hit romantic period drama Bridgerton. Evans is set to portray the role of Edmund Bridgerton, the late patriarch of the titular aristocratic family. Edmund is described as a loving and devoted husband, whose true love match with Violet Bridgerton gave them eight perfect children. He’s also an endlessly patient and kind father, who takes special pride in guiding his eldest son Anthony through life.
It has already been established during the first season that Edmund has died at the young age of 38, leaving his eight children in the care of his wife Violet. His untimely death also resulted in then 18-year-old Anthony assuming his late father’s role as a viscount.
Bridgerton Season 2 will be based on the second book of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novels, titled The Viscount Who Loved Me which centers around the pursuit of a suitable marriage for the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony, portrayed by Jonathan Bailey. The new season features the introduction of a new female lead in the form of Sex Education actress Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma.
She will also be joined by new characters including Shelley Conn (Liar) as Edwina Sharma, Calam Lynch (Benediction) as Theo Sharpe, Charithra Chandran (Alex Rider) as Edwina Sharma, and Rupert Young (The Secret Garden) who will play Jack.
Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, spanning from 2000 to 2013, this smart feminist take on Regency England romance unveils the glittering, wealthy, sexual, painful, funny, and sometimes lonely lives of the women and men in London’s high society marriage mart as told through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.
The series is being adapted by Scandal veteran Chris Van Dusen, who is also the showrunner of the project and executive producer alongside Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers of Shondaland.
The cast for Bridgerton includes Phoebe Dynevor, Golda Rosheuvel, Jonathan Bailey, Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie, Nicola Coughlan, Ruby Barker, Sabrina Bartlett, Ruth Gemmell, Adjoa Andoh, Polly Walker, Bessie Carter and Harriet Cains and Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown.