Simone Ashley Confirms Kate & Anthony’s Bridgerton Season 3 Return

It has been nearly a week since Bridgerton returned for its second season. Now, series newcomer Simone Ashley has finally opened up about what’s next for Anthony and Kate.

Speaking with Deadline, the British actress confirmed that she and co-star Jonathan Bailey are indeed returning for Netflix’s upcoming third season of Bridgerton.

“We’re going to be back! Kate and Anthony are just getting started,” Ashley said. “We have the amazing Jess Brownell who is taking the lead as showrunner in Season 3. In Season 2, there was a lot of push and pull between Kate and Anthony, there were complications with the family, and then they find each other towards the end. I think everything is just starting. I’d like to see Kate just let go a bit more and play more in Season 3 and kind of swim in that circle of love together. I think they both deserve it.”

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Ashley also teased that Kate will now be in control of the Bridgerton household as the new Viscountess, promising a “more heart strong” Kate Sharma.

“She’s in charge of the household now and she’s got big boots to put on. I think she can do it,” Ashley teased. “I want to keep that softness and vulnerability to Kate, for sure, and she can share that with Anthony. I’m just excited for her to have a home and to have a family. I’m excited to see her grow. I think I’d like to see Kate being much braver and less headstrong and more heart strong.”

Given that the latest season is still so fresh, story details about the third installment are still scarce. Following Daphne and Anthony, it’s also still unclear who will be the next main character among the remaining unwed Bridgerton siblings.

Bridgerton Season 2 is based on the second book of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novels, titled The Viscount Who Loved Me. The novel centers around the pursuit of a suitable marriage for the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony, who is portrayed in the series by Jonathan Bailey.

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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. Also returning is Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown. Joining them in the latest season are Shelley Conn, Calam Lynch, Charithra Chandran, Rupert Young, and Rupert Evans.

The series is being adapted by Scandal veteran Chris Van Dusen, who serves alongside showrunner and executive producer Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers of Shondaland.


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