Following the premiere of Bridgerton Season 2, Netflix has finally announced the main cast for Shonda Rhimes’ upcoming spin-off miniseries about the origins of Queen Charlotte, portrayed by Golda Rosheuval in the main drama. Leading the main cast of the Bridgerton prequel is India Amarteifio (Line of Duty), who has been tapped to play the young version of Rosheuval’s Queen Charlotte.
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For her next series, Shonda Rhimes will chronicle Queen Charlotte's rise to prominence and power in a prequel that will see Golda Rosheuvel reprise her role and India Ria Amarteifio join the Bridgerton-verse as Young Queen Charlotte. pic.twitter.com/RSVWCDK4TK
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Joining Amarteifio are newcomer Arsema Thomas as a young Agatha Danbury and Corey Mylchreest (Sandman) as a young King George, with Game of Thrones vet Michelle Fairley as Princess Augusta. Their official character descriptions are listed below:
- Amarteifio’s 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.
- Thomas’ 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.
- Mylchreest’s 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.
- Fairley’s 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.
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The limited series is based on the origins of the historical figure Queen Charlotte. While the series centers on the rise and love life of a young Queen Charlotte, it will also focus on Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.
“Centered on Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power, this 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,” reads the logline.
The untitled Bridgerton spin-off is created and written by Shonda Rhimes, who is also set as the showrunner. It will feature the return of Golda Rosheuval, Adjoa Andoh, and Ruth Gemmell as they reprise their respective roles of Queen Charlotte, Lady Danbury, and Lady Violet Bridgerton.
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Additional cast includes Sam Clemmett (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as Young Brimsley, Richard Cunningham (The Witcher) as Lord Bute, Tunji Kasim (Nancy Drew) as Adolphus, Rob Maloney (Casualty) as the Royal Doctor, and Cyril Nri (Cucumber) as Lord Danbury, and Hugh Sachs (Bridgerton Seasons 1 & 2) as Brimsley (older).
The prequel will be executive produced by Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Tom Verica, who will also be directing the limited drama.