25 'Bridgerton' couples ranked by their chemistry

Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) in "Bridgerton" season 2 and Young King George (Corey Mylchreest) and Young Queen Charlotte ( India Amarteifio) in "Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story."
Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) in "Bridgerton" season 2 and Young King George (Corey Mylchreest) and Young Queen Charlotte ( India Amarteifio) in "Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story."Liam Daniel / Netflix / Nick Wall / Netflix
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  • The first three seasons of "Bridgerton" and spin-off "Queen Charlotte" show have produced 25 main couples.

  • Kanthony and Queen Charlotte and King George are some of the show's most popular couples.

  • Business Insider ranked the show's couples based on chemistry.

"Bridgerton" and its spin-off series, "Queen Charlotte," are filled with romances, but only a few couples have great chemistry.

Every season of "Bridgerton" focuses on one main couple — Daphne and Simon in season one, Kate and Anthony in season two, and Queen Charlotte and King George in the "Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story" spin-off. While these couples are the most developed in their respective seasons, there are also background couples with amazing rapport, like Brimsley and Reynolds, the Mondriches, and Eloise and Theo.

"Bridgerton" season three brings a burgeoning couple to the foreground: Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) and his childhood friend Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan).

These love stories help "Bridgerton" capitalize on the cultural resurgence of the romance genre: the romance-novel industry is booming, and rom-coms are back on screens in a big way.

With "Bridgerton" season three part one out now, Business Insider has ranked all the main couples from "Bridgerton" and "Queen Charlotte."

This ranking does not take into account the events of "Bridgerton" season three, part one. We wanted to let the whole season play out before passing judgement.

25. Daphne Bridgerton and Lord Berbrooke

Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and Lord Nigel Berbrooke (Jamie Beamish).
Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and Lord Nigel Berbrooke (Jamie Beamish) in "Bridgerton" season one.Liam Daniel and Netflix

Season one of "Bridgerton" follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the fourth Bridgerton child, on her journey to find the love of her life. Before finding her husband, Daphne has to get past Nigel Berbrooke (Jamie Beamish), who is determined to marry her for her status despite being much older than her and her lack of interest.

This is one of the season's most uncomfortable pairings. Suffice it to say there was zero chemistry in this relationship, and it was a relief that it did not end in marriage.

24. Lord and Lady Danbury

Cyril Nri and Arsema Thomas as Lord and Lady Danbury in "Queen Charlotte."
Lord and Lady Danbury (Cyril Nri and Arsema Thomas) in "Queen Charlotte."Liam Daniel / Netflix

In "Queen Charlotte," young Lady Agatha Danbury (Arsema Thomas), who is a respected member of society in the main "Bridgerton" series, is trapped in a sexually abusive relationship with Lord Herman Danbury (Cyril Nri).

Herman is much older than his wife, and it is implied that they married when she was a child. While this was more common in the 18th century, when "Queen Charlotte" is set, their relationship was an incredibly uncomfortable watch.

The only reason they are not last is because Agatha truly cares for Herman and defends and supports him throughout the show. She hates him but her feelings toward him are more complicated than that one emotion.

23. Lord and Lady Featherington

Lord Featherington (Ben Miller) and Lady Portia Feathertington (Polly Walker) with two of their daughters Prudence (Bessie Carter) and Phillipa (Harriest Cains).
Lord Featherington (Ben Miller) and Lady Portia Feathertington (Polly Walker) with two of their daughters Prudence (Bessie Carter) and Phillipa (Harriest Cains) in "Bridgerton" season one.Nick Briggs / Netflix

The Featherington family is another major family in London's high society, led by Lord Featherington (Ben Miller) and Lady Portia Featherington (Polly Walker) in "Bridgerton" season one. However, Lord Featherington is a reckless gambler who squanders the family money.

There seems to have been love between them at some point, but time and secrets have clearly broken down whatever they had and left them bitter.

A clear example of this is when Portia finds out that her husband is dead in the season one finale. Instead of grieving the loss or asking what happened, she rushes to discover if her money is missing.

22. Prudence Featherington and Jack Featherington

Lord Jack Featherington (Rupert Young), Prudence Featherington (Bessie Carter) and Lady Portia Featherington (Polly Walker).
Lord Jack Featherington (Rupert Young) and Prudence Featherington (Bessie Carter) are cousins and lovers in "Bridgerton" season two.Liam Daniel / Netflix

In "Bridgerton" season two, Lady Portia Featherington schemes to pair her daughter Prudence (Bessie Carter) with her nephew Jack Featherington (Rupert Young), the new head of the family, so that she can keep control of their family home.

Lady Featherington succeeds in entrapping Jack in marriage but he has little affection for his cousin Prudence. Although they get along, their relationship is very awkward.

21. Lord and Lady Ledger

Vivian Ledger (Katie Brayben), Lord Ledger (Keir Charles) and their daughter Violet Ledger (Connie Jenkins-Greig).
Vivian Ledger (Katie Brayben), Lord Ledger (Keir Charles) and their daughter Violet Ledger (Connie Jenkins-Greig) in "Queen Charlotte."Nick Wall / Netflix

Lord Ledger (Keir Charles) and Lady Vivian Ledger (Katie Brayben), the parents of fan-favorite character Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell), appear in "Queen Charlotte." We only get a few scenes with them together, but it is very clear they are not a match.

Though they stick together in the miniseries, Lord Ledger openly criticizes his wife and has an affair, which suggests he doesn't have much love for Vivian.

20. Marina Thompson and Sir Philip Crane

Sir Philip Crane (Chris Fulton) and Marina Thompson (Ruby Barker) leaving the ton to get married.
Sir Philip Crane (Chris Fulton) and Marina Thompson (Ruby Barker) got married at the end of "Bridgerton" season one.Netflix

In "Bridgerton" season one, Marina Thompson (Ruby Barker), a distant cousin of the Featheringtons, comes to stay with Lady Featherington and her daughters so she can find a husband. Marina is secretly pregnant so Lady Featherington tries to marry her off before the scandal is revealed.

At the end of season one, Marina does find a husband even after her secret pregnancy is exposed. In the season finale, Sir Philip Crane (Chris Fulton), the brother of Marina's secret lover, Sir George Crane, shows up to tell her that her lover has died while fighting in Spain. However, Philip offers to marry Marina in George's place, and she eventually accepts.

In episode four of season two, we get a glimpse of their relationship after marriage, and they seem quite happy together. They don't seem to share many interests or chemistry, but Philip ensures Marina and her twins are looked after. They seem like a much more amicable pairing than most couples on this list.

19. Cressida Cowper and Jack Featherington

Jack (Rupert Young) tries to charm Cressida Cowper (Jessica Madsen) for her dowry.
Jack (Rupert Young) tries to charm Cressida Cowper (Jessica Madsen) for her dowry in "Bridgerton" season two.Liam Daniel / Netflix

Before Jack Featherington gets paired up with his cousin, he tries to woo Cressida Cowper (Jessica Madsen), the popular mean girl of London high society (also called The Ton).

Jack's charm makes it appear that they're compatible, but it is later revealed in season two, episode four, that Jack only cares about Cressida for her family's wealth.

18. Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton

Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton's (Luke Newton) romance is one-sided so far.
Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton's (Luke Newton) romance is one-sided so far.Liam Daniel / Netflix

It is a bit early to judge their romantic relationship fully before the end of season three. Until the end of season two, Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan), the youngest Featherington daughter, and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton), the third eldest Bridgerton sibling, are friends and neighbors. But Penelope secretly loves Colin.

In the finale of season two, Colin publicly mocks the idea of courting Penelope, blocking their relationship from developing further. They do have some cute longing looks at each other, but the affection appears — at least at the moment — all in one direction.

17. Lady Danbury and Adolphus

Young Lady Agatha Danbury (Arsema Thomas) and Adolphus (Tunji Kasim).
Young Lady Agatha Danbury (Arsema Thomas) and Adolphus (Tunji Kasim).Nick Wall / Netflix

Lady Agatha Danbury has a third chance at love in "Queen Charlotte" when she meets Queen Charlotte's brother, Duke Adolphus (Tunji Kasim). The pair have some sweet, affectionate moments, but it's clear Agatha is still reeling too much from the pain of both of her previous relationships to commit to this new romance.

16. Benedict Bridgerton and Tessa

Benedict Bridgerton (Luke Thompson) and Tessa (Emily Barber) meet at the art academy in season two.
Benedict Bridgerton (Luke Thompson) and Tessa (Emily Barber) meet at an art academy in season two.Netflix

Benedict Bridgerton (Luke Thompson), the second eldest Bridgerton sibling, has only pursued casual flings so far in the show.

In the second half of "Bridgerton" season two, Benedict has a casual relationship with Tessa (Emily Barber), a life model and budding artist at his art academy.

We don't see much of them, but they seem to be a good match, even though Benedict is not looking for anything serious.

Though Luke could muster sexual tension with a door, we don't see enough of this couple to place them higher.

15. Benedict Bridgerton and Madame Genevieve Delacroix

Madame Delacroix (Kathryn Drysdale) and Benedict (Luke Thompson) hit it off at a party in season one.
Madame Delacroix (Kathryn Drysdale) and Benedict Bridgerton (Luke Thompson) hit it off at a party in "Bridgerton" season one.Netflix

Benedict's first relationship in "Bridgerton" is with Madame Delacroix (Kathryn Drysdale), the town's dressmaker. In season one, episode five, Benedict meets her at a party and within moments they start making out. This was a fleeting relationship, but the attraction between the two was palpable.

14. Lucy and Henry Granville

Lucy and Henry Granville (Sandra Teles and Julian Ovenden).
Lucy and Henry Granville (Sandra Teles and Julian Ovenden) in "Bridgerton" season one.Netflix

In "Bridgerton" season one, Benedict befriends artist Henry Granville (Julian Ovenden) and his wife Lucy Granville (Sandra Teles).

While we don't see a lot of Lucy and Henry, they seem like a couple who love each other very much, even if they are not in love with each other. In episode seven, Henry explains to Benedict that their marriage is for show.

In reality, Henry is in love with Lord Wetherby (Ned Porteous) and Lucy enjoys the privileges of being married to the artist, including having affairs herself during a party in episode five. Overall, the couple seems happy and supportive of each other.

13. Daphne Bridgerton and Prince Friedrich

Prince Friedrich (Freddie Stroma) and Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor).
Prince Friedrich (Freddie Stroma) courts Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) in "Bridgerton" season one.Liam Daniel / Netflix

Prince Friedrich (Freddie Stroma), the nephew of Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel), was another suitor for Daphne in "Bridgerton" season one.

This pairing was amicable and it's possible to imagine that if not for the existence of the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), they may have had a long, happy life with lots of children. The prince was a perfect gentleman and even willing to skirt convention by inviting Daphne to the boxing match in episode four.

However, one thing this couple lacked was passion. In most of their interactions, Daphne was either looking for the duke or thinking about him, and thus, she would never be truly happy settling for the prince. That being said, the prince deserved better, and it would be nice to see Queen Charlotte carry through with her comment in the second season's finale and introduce Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran) to Friedrich.

12. Colin Bridgerton and Marina Thompson

Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton and Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson in "Bridgerton."Nick Briggs / Netflix

Before Marina Thompson meets Sir Philip Crane, she spends a lot of "Bridgerton" season one trying to make Colin Bridgerton fall in love with her.

On the one hand, Marina tried to entrap Colin into marriage before she gives birth — the relationship was based on a lie. On the other, these two do look cute together.

However, when Luke meets a married Marina in episode four of season two, it becomes clear their relationship would have never worked. He's still an immature boy masquerading as a man and what Marina needed was a stable husband for her children.

11. Lady Danbury and Lord Ledger

Lord Ledger (Keir Charles) and Young Agatha Danbury (Arsema Thomas) on a walk.
Lord Ledger (Keir Charles) and Young Agatha Danbury (Arsema Thomas) are on a walk in "Queen Charlotte."Nick Wall / Netflix

Out of Lady Agatha Danbury's three relationships in "Queen Charlotte," she had the best chemistry with Lord Ledger. From the first encounter during Lady Danbury's ball in episode three, the pair get on splendidly, and Lord Ledger is clearly trying to flirt with Agatha. In episode five, their connection goes deeper as they go on walks ("ramblings") together following Lord Danbury's death.

This couple isn't placed higher in the ranking because of how abruptly their relationship ends when Lord Ledger breaks off the affair. We'll never know whether he truly loved Agatha or took advantage of her vulnerable widow situation. But Agatha deserves better than a cheap one-night stand.

10. Edwina Sharma and Anthony Bridgerton

Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran) almost got married.
Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran) almost got married.Liam Daniel / Netflix

In "Bridgerton" season two, Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), the eldest Bridgerton sibling, is on the hunt for a wife. He eventually picks Edwina Sharma, a new member of the Ton who becomes popular after the Queen gives her the biggest honor, the "Diamond of the Season" title.

The couple doesn't have the best start in terms of chemistry. From day one, it's clear that Anthony Bridgerton sees his courtship of Edwina as a chore. While Edwina is infatuated with Anthony from the start, she does not like his competitive nature.

Anthony finally sees Edwina as a person in episode three when they bond over reading.

After that, there are a few conversations where it seems they might share some interests or have chemistry, but that moment does not last long due to Anthony's love for Edwina's older sister, Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley).

9. Philipa Featherington and Mr. Albion Finch

It seems that Penelope (r) is the only member of the Featherington family without a suitor in season three.
Philipa Featherington and Mr. Albion Finch married in "Bridgerton" season two.Netflix

Philipa Featherington (Harriet Cains), the final Featherington daughter, quickly finds a lover in the first season of "Bridgerton" after Mr. Albion Finch (Lorn Macdonald) courts her.

In season one, episode four, the weird pair bond over a discussion about types of cheeses, and if that doesn't spell couple goals, I don't know what does.

From what we've seen in the first two seasons, this pair is one of the most perfect matches in the show. However, their lack of visibility makes it hard to match up their chemistry against some of the other couples.

8. Brimsley and Reynolds

Sam Clemmett and Freddie Dennis as young Brimsley and Young Reynolds.
Young Brimsley and Young Reynolds (Sam Clemmett and Freddie Dennis) are secret lovers in "Queen Charlotte."Nick Wall / Netflix

In "Bridgerton," Queen Charlotte is always shadowed by her most trusty aide, Brimsley (Hugh Sachs), but we don't learn much about him until "Queen Charlotte." In the miniseries, where he is played by Sam Clemmett, we discover that Brimsley is secretly dating King George's head servant, Reynolds (Freddie Dennis).

Throughout the season, they sneak off to have sex, find opportunities to hold hands and talk about their future together. Their relationship isn't perfect because their jobs keep getting in the way. Since Reynolds has to keep King George's illness a secret, he keeps Brimsley at arm's length until the end of the season. Yet despite their fighting, they always find themselves together again.

Brimsley and Reynolds have quickly become a fan-favorite couple, and we hope the "Bridgerton" creators eventually answer what happens to their relationship after the events of "Queen Charlotte."

7. Jack Featherington and Lady Featherington

Jack (Rupert Young) and Portia (Polly Walker) Featherington.
Jack (Rupert Young) and Portia (Polly Walker) Featherington scheming together in "Bridgerton" season two.Liam Daniel / Netflix

Toward the end of "Bridgerton" season two, Jack Featherington sets his sights on Lady Portia Featherington, and honestly, these two schemers are weirdly perfect for each other. Jack and Portia are not related by blood, making their relationship less unsavory than other couples on this list. Their relationship may be slightly toxic, linked together only by the scheming in season two, but when they work together, it's magic, and the actors play off each other well.

However, their relationship was doomed because Portia would always love her daughters more than anyone else, and Jack never really cared for the Featherington siblings. When the moment arrives to make that choice, after the pair's investment scam is exposed in the season two finale, Portia throws Jack under the bus.

Portia did make the right decision to choose her family over Jack. This woman has been through a lot during the first two seasons, so we hope she finds someone better soon.

6. Anthony Bridgerton and Siena Rosso

Siena Rosso (Sabrina Bartlett) and Antony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) were lovers in season one.
Siena Rosso (Sabrina Bartlett) and Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) were lovers in season one.Liam Daniel / Netflix

In "Bridgerton" season one, Anthony Bridgerton rides a roller coaster of emotions during his love affair with opera singer Siena Rosso (Sabrina Bartlett). He finds himself trapped between his duty to his family and his love for Siena.

Not only is this love born of joy rather than conflict, but in both episode four and the season one finale, Anthony is also prepared to discard his family and duty for that love. While the second season never explicitly states this, it is likely Anthony was adamant about finding a wife and fulfilling his familial duty because of Siena's rejection.

This initially made us rank this couple higher than Anthony's love match with Kate in season two. But on further examination, Anthony's feelings for Siena were entangled with his desire to escape his life and duty. This is why he tries to rekindle his romance in episode four when he believes he must flee the country after his duel with the Duke of Hastings.

Anthony cares a lot for Siena but doesn't truly see her, so their breakup is inevitable.

Honorable mention: Violet and Edmund Bridgerton

Edmund  (Rupert Evans) and Violet (Ruth Gemmell) Bridgerton.
Edmund (Rupert Evans) and Violet (Ruth Gemmell) Bridgerton only appear together in one flashback scene in "Bridgerton" season 2.Liam Daniel / Netflix

Before we get to the top five couples, it is worth mentioning that Violet (Ruth Gemmell) and Edmund Bridgerton (Rupert Evans) may be the best couple in the show that we never get to see. Edmund appears in one flashback in episode three of the second season, but you can sense their love for one another in the way Violet talks about him throughout the show.

This is a one-sided retelling, so you can't completely determine the chemistry between the parent Bridgertons, but it is undeniable that they had a love like no other, and we are begging for more flashback scenes.

5. Kate Sharma and Anthony Bridgerton

kate sharma anthony bridgerton season two
Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) smells Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) as she tries to shoot a deer in "Bridgerton" season 2.Liam Daniel/Netflix

The main couple of "Bridgerton" season two, Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) have some magnetic pull. Whenever they are alone, the two actors play off each other well. Also, has a man ever been so infatuated with a woman as when Anthony sniffs the air around Kate?

However, although they're clearly attracted to one another in their first few encounters, it is hard to say that they are truly in love until the end of the season. They spend more time bickering than giving longing stares, and they both let Anthony's courtship with Kate's sister, Edwina, go on a little too long.

That said, Kanthony has some beautiful moments, including when Kate puts Anthony's hand over her heart to calm him down after she's stung by a bee. We hope for more scenes like that in "Bridgerton" season three to boost their position in the ranking.

4. Eloise Bridgerton and Theo Sharpe

Eloise (Claudia Jessie) meets Theo (Calam Lynch) on her hunt for Lady Whistledown in season two.
Eloise (Claudia Jessie) meets Theo (Calam Lynch) on her hunt for Lady Whistledown in "Bridgerton" season two.Liam Daniel / Netflix

Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) and Theo Sharpe (Calam Lynch) is arguably a more believable enemies-to-lovers storyline, or rather rivals-to-friends-to-lovers, in "Bridgerton" season two. On her hunt for Lady Whistledown's identity, Eloise meets Theo, who works in Whistledown's printer shop.

While the pair first duel through mocking jabs at each other, they quickly form a friendship through their shared interest in politics. Their relationship is not as sexual as the others on the list, but the flirting mockery worked because you could tell they weren't arguing just for the sake of arguing.

Unfortunately, their love is cut short by the Queen and Penelope's meddling.

3. Will and Alice Mondrich

Emma Naomi as Alice Mondrich and Martins Imhangbe as Will Mondrich in "Bridgerton" season three.
Alice Mondrich (Emma Naomi) and Will Mondrich (Martins Imhangbe) have been together since "Bridgerton" season one.Liam Daniel / Netflix

To us, Will (Martins Imhangbe) and Alice Mondrich (Emma Naomi) are a couple of goals. Completely supportive and honest in all their endeavors, Alice often challenges her husband for his betterment in "Bridgerton."

They are nothing more than a happy couple minding their business in a town where everyone is involved in a scandal or two. They are meant to be tertiary characters, but I hope there will be more of them in future seasons.

2. Simon Basset and Daphne Bridgerton

Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page in "Bridgerton."Liam Daniel / Netflix

The original winners of this ranking were Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings, and Daphne Bridgerton. There are enticing, passionate looks between them throughout season one, even when they're not courting each other.

We see their chemistry tested multiple times and somehow get stronger. The main hook of the first season was the sparks between Daphne and Page.

What sold it for us was actually their dance at the end of the first episode (picture above). The love in those looks was so clear, and it is no wonder that some fans thought the two actors, Dynevor and Page, were actually dating in real life. This set an astronomically high bar for future romances.

1. Queen Charlotte and King George

India Amarteifio and Corey Mylchreest as Young Queen Charlotte and Young King George
Young Queen Charlotte and Young King George (India Amarteifio and Corey Mylchreest) are so in love throughout "Queen Charlotte."Liam Daniel / Netflix

Dearest reader, Queen Charlotte and King George are the winners of this "Bridgerton" couples ranking.

Their love story in "Queen Charlotte" is one of the most sophisticated and developed romances in the Bridgerton franchise. Corey Mylchreest and India Amarteifio, who play young Charlotte and George, have impeccable chemistry from their first encounter. Even when they're fighting, it is hard not to see passion and love in their eyes every time they look at each other.

The scene in episode five when Charlotte and George finally confess their love is one of the most poetic and beautiful confession scenes from "Bridgerton." The scene in the series finale where the older Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) and King George (James Fleet) are under the bed clearly shows that the passion and chemistry continue for their entire lives.

Many relationships in this ranking are sexy, inspiring, or pleasing to watch, but Charlotte and George's love story is the only one that left audiences in tears at the end. And that's why they deserve the chemistry crown.

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