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A 'Bridgerton' limited series focused on Queen Charlotte's origin story is coming to Netflix

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Queen Charlotte on "Bridgerton." LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX
  • Netflix is releasing a new limited series focused on "Bridgerton" character Queen Charlotte.

  • The show will cover her origin story, according to the streaming platform's announcement on Friday.

  • The limited series will also feature a young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.

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"Bridgerton" character Queen Charlotte will be the focal point of a new limited series, Netflix announced on Friday.

"All Hail The Queen! Thrilled to announce we're expanding the Bridgerton universe with a limited series that will tell Queen Charlotte's origin story," the announcement reads.

It continues, "The series will also feature young Violet Bridgerton and young Lady Danbury."

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According to Deadline, Shonda Rhimes, who serves as an executive producer on "Bridgerton," will write and executive produce the prequel. Betsy Beers and Tom Verica will also serve as executive producers.

"Many viewers had never known the story of Queen Charlotte before 'Bridgerton' brought her to the world, and I'm thrilled this new series will further expand her story and the world of 'Bridgerton,'" Bela Bajaria, Netflix's head of global TV, told the outlet.

Golda Rosheuvel played Queen Charlotte in the first season of "Bridgerton," which premiered in December 2020 and became Netflix's biggest series debut of all time.

Rush Gemmell was cast as Violet Bridgerton, the matriarch of the posh family at the center of the show, and Adjoa Andoh appeared as Lady Danbury, Simon Basset's closest relative, on season one.

Netflix has not confirmed whether or not Rosheuvel, Gemmell, or Andoh will have roles in the spin-off.

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Golda Rosheuvel plays Queen Charlotte on "Bridgerton." Liam Daniel/Netflix

Showrunner Chris Van Dusen's "Bridgerton" is based on Julia Quinn's bestselling romance novels.

While adapting the books for the small screen, he added in several new characters (Charlotte being one of them) and reimagined a more inclusive version of Regency London's high society - meaning people of color hold titles as dukes, duchesses, earls, lords, and ladies on the show.

"Bridgerton" doesn't quite feature traditional color-blind casting, as it's briefly mentioned that Rosheuvel's Charlotte, who is Black, is the crux of the change. Upon marrying King George III (played by James Fleet), who is white, she demanding equality and successfully upended the existing racial hierarchy.

"It's so empowering for an actress," the British actress told Insider in December, "to have that background and that feeling that a person in the 1800s could have been fighting for her people and could have been fighting for representation."

Though Van Dusen's account of Charlotte is rooted in fiction, many historians have long regarded her as England's first mixed-race royal and reported that she descended from a Black branch of the Portuguese monarchy.

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Queen Charlotte on "Bridgerton." LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX

Netflix has already renewed "Bridgerton" for three more seasons, each of which will likely follow Quinn's lead by focusing on the romantic pursuits of a different Bridgerton sibling.

The romance drama is currently filming its sophomore season in the UK, according to photos published by People.

While Phoebe Dynevor, who played Daphne Bridgerton, and Regé-Jean Page, who signed a one-year contract to appear as the Duke of Hastings, starred in the first season, Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley will take over in season two as leads Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma.

Should "Bridgerton" follow the sequence laid out in Quinn's books, season three will be about Benedict Bridgerton (Luke Thompson), and season four will zero in on Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) and Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan).

Jess Brownell, who has worked on Shondaland shows including "Bridgerton," "Inventing Anna," and "Scandal," will take over as showrunner for seasons three and four.

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