Your Complete Guide to the Bridgerton Family

Shows don’t get much more binge-worthy than Netflix’s Regency-era drama Bridgerton, which has just returned for its second season. The show has already been renewed for seasons three and four, and will also turn into a prequel series about Queen Charlotte. And as fans of Julia Quinn’s bestselling novel series know, each new season of the show will be a reimagining.

This is because, just like the books, each season of Bridgerton loosely focuses on another member of the Bridgerton family. So for fans who haven’t dabbled in the novels yet – or want to avoid spoilers and save themselves for the screen adaptation – here’s a complete guide to all eight siblings, in descending order of age. .

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Bridgerton’s older brother played a key role in Season 1, which saw him take on the role of Viscount from his late father. As a firstborn, Anthony is burdened with enormous family responsibility and dutifully does his best to live up to his father. In Season 1, he helps his younger sister Daphne find the perfect match, while struggling to hide his own secret romance with opera singer Siena Rosso (Sabrina Bartlett).

Anthony becomes the focal point of Season 2. Based on Quinn’s second novel, The viscount who loved me, the season follows Anthony’s quest to find a wife. He is not looking for love, but rather a pleasant viscountess who will give him children and take care of his house. When he meets Edwina (Charithra Chandran), he thinks he has found his partner, but his sister, Kate (Simone Ashley) has other ideas. So begins a classic tale of foes to lovers.

The second eldest, Bridgerton, has largely been a source of light relief on the show to date – of all the siblings, he is the one who longs the most for a life outside of his familiar, privileged bubble. But Season 2 ended with Benedict at a crossroads, having made the devastating discovery that his place in art school had been bought for him by Anthony.

With his artistic life now tainted, Benoît is set to become the focal point of the show’s next season. Season 3 will presumably be based on Quinn’s third book, An offer from a gentleman, which is a Cinderella-inspired story that sees Benedict pursuing his happiness forever. After meeting a mysterious young woman at a masked ball, he sets out to find her. (However, it should be noted that some fans believe season three will delve into Collin’s story, saving Benedict’s for later.)

But since many fans interpreted Benedict’s on-screen version as odd, it’s possible the show will take a different approach to his romance. “Benedict has such a nice openness and flow to him in general, and it’s really, really fun to play because it can go anywhere,” said actor Luke Thompson. Weekly entertainment. “There’s a lot of space for him to explore all kinds of things.”

Colin’s romantic life has already received a lot of attention on the show. During Season 1, he announced his intention to marry Marina Thompson, but once her pregnancy was revealed, the marriage was sabotaged. Meanwhile, Colin’s childhood friend Penelope Featherington has been in love with him for many years, but so far he doesn’t seem to be reciprocating.

As fans of the books know, however, that’s subject to change. The fourth novel, and therefore perhaps the fourth season (or third, see above), sees Colin begin to see Penelope in a new light.

“What I love about my story is that I can explore it through all the seasons with the same person,” actor Luke Newton said. Today. “We are waiting for them to finally see what is in front of them.”

Bridgerton’s eldest daughter was the protagonist of Season 1, which began with her debut in society before Queen Charlotte. Thanks to the monarch’s approval, Daphne became the most eligible spinster in town, but the process of finding a husband quickly bored her. After a chance meeting with Simon Basset – who she later realizes is the mysterious Duke of Hastings – Daphne enters into a mutually beneficial false courtship with him. But over time, their steamy connection is impossible to deny.

Despite the absence of Regé-Jean Page in season 2, Daphne remains a central element of the series. After marrying Simon and having a child with him, she is in a more stable position to mentor her siblings. “Daphne leads the way in knowing what love is, what it means and what marriage means, and she tries to pass that knowledge on to Anthony,” she said. Weekly entertainment.

Eloise is a strong-willed young woman who doesn’t really want to get married and prefers to focus on her studies and her professional life. But given the society she lives in, it’s a tough prospect – and once her older sister Daphne marries, she’s aware the pressure on her is doubled.

Eloise’s story is at the center of Quinn’s fifth book, To Sir Phillip, with love. At this point in the story, she is still celibate at age 28, making her celibate by Regency standards. But after her best friend, Penelope, finds love with Colin, she begins to feel less secure in her choice to remain single. In the book, she eventually finds love with widower Sir Phillip Crane, but since Season 2 introduced a different potential love interest, it’s unclear which direction the show will go.

After appearing only briefly in the very last episode of season 1, Bridgerton’s sixth child was set to play a bigger role in the second season. But unfortunately it didn’t work. Francesca was in the first three episodes of Season 2, after which actress Ruby Stokes had to leave due to scheduling conflicts.

“After exhausting all other options, she unfortunately had to come out for reasons beyond our control,” said showrunner Chris Van Dusen. TVLine. “Maybe season three will be the charm.”

Francesca’s defining moment will likely come in season six, if the books are any indication. The sixth book when he was meanfollows a love triangle between Francesca, Michael Stirling and Michael’s cousin, the Earl of Kilmartin.

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Hyacinth and Gregory Bridgerton

Bridgerton’s two younger siblings have, unsurprisingly, been kept on the sidelines of the drama so far.

The youngest daughter Hyacinth is the focus of book 7, It’s in his kiss, which sees her fall in love with Lady Danbury’s handsome grandson, Gareth St Clair, after he asks her for help translating an old family diary written in Italian. Thanks to a nasty family battle over his inheritance, Gareth is on the verge of becoming penniless, and the diary – and by extension Hyacinth – is his only hope.

Gregory, the youngest of all the Bridgertons, finds love in turn in the eighth and final book, On the way to the wedding. The story picks up as poor Gregory falls head over heels in love with not one, but of them unavailable women – first Hermione Watson, then her best friend Lucy, who volunteers to help her win Hermione’s heart.

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