One of the best characters on Bridgerton is the scheming, easily bored, snuff-sniffing, and ultimately pro-love Queen Charlotte, played by Golda Rosheuvel and based on the real-life wife of King George III (you know, the dude that America revolutioned against in 1776).
And because of the series’ popularity, Netflix is giving us viewers what we want: a prequel spin-off about Queen Charlotte that will also feature two other grand dames of the ton. We can’t wait! The series is aptly titled Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.
Here’s everything we know about the upcoming series:
What is the show about?
I’ll tell you: It is about Queen Charlotte, Lady Danbury, and Violet Bridgerton. “While the series will center on the rise and love life of a young Queen Charlotte, it will also tell the stories of young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury,” Netflix said in a press release.
“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,” added Netflix executive Bela Bajaria.
Here’s a 101 on the real Queen Charlotte: Lady Danbury and Violet Bridgerton are characters invented by author Julia Quinn, but Queen Charlotte was a real person! Here’s just the briefest intro to her story: She lived from 1744 to 1818 and married the heir to the English throne when she was a teenager. In the show she doesn’t seem to have kids of her own, but in real life she had more than 10 children. The thing about knowing Mozart may have been true!
As for her race, she was definitely German, but there’s a theory that she also had African ancestry. As in the series, her husband had cognitive issues later in life, though he was quite sane at the time of the revolution. You might remember him in Hamilton singing that cheeky “I’ll go mad” line. All details courtesy of this article in The Guardian, except for the Hamilton line, which I know from Hamilton, and the King George facts, which I got from an episode of the podcast Noble Blood.
Who is making the show?
It’s another ShondaLand joint. “Shonda Rhimes will write the series and serve as executive producer alongside Betsy Beers and Tom Verica,” Netflix said.
How many episodes will there be?
It will be a limited series, but no episode number has been announced yet.
Who will be in the cast?
The new series will feature some of the current cast. Even though it’s about the “younger” versions of the characters we know and love, Rosheuvel told E! News, “I will be in it. We have no film date or any kind of scripts or anything at the moment.
“We’re going to still be in the world of Bridgerton. We’re not moving away from the world that we know and love Queen Charlotte to be in. I think that’s really clever because it kind of keeps us on the same track,” she said. “I think it’s really going to be interesting to see where she has come from and the things that have led her to her in the Bridgerton that we know and love.”
Andjoa Andoh, who plays Lady Danbury, added, “These relationships are long-lived between Lady Danbury, Lady Bridgerton, and the queen. That’s what the prequel is going to talk about. It’s Shonda Rhimes writing it, so it is going to be fabulous.”
Ruth Gemmell will also reprise her role as Lady Violet Bridgerton, and Hugh Sachs will continue to play the older version of the queen’s attendant Brimsley.
And there will be some fresh faces! From a Netflix press release, here’s who is new to the Bridgerton universe:
India Amarteifio as Young Queen 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.
Michelle Fairley (CATELYN STARK, WE MISSED YOU) as 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.
Corey Mylchreest as Young King George: Handsome, charismatic, and a bit of a mystery, George has always bowed to the restraints placed on him as the Crown.
Arsema Thomas as Young Agatha Danbury: Under the thumb of a much older husband, Agatha uses Charlotte’s arrival to find her own way into society.
Also, Sam Clemmett as Young Brimsley; Richard Cunningham as Lord Bute; Tunji Kasim as Adolphus; Rob Maloney as the Royal Doctor; Cyril Nri as Lord Danbury.
What about the premiere date?
No premiere date yet, but check out these pictures from the table read.
Here’s your first look!
Ahead of Netflix’s annual Tudum event in late September, Netflix unveiled the show’s title—Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story—and released its first look at India Amarteifio as Queen Charlotte. Fiiiiiinally. Feast your eyes below:
Along with this first look, Netflix also gave the people what they want: an official logline:
“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.”
On September 24, Netflix finally released footage from the series and set up what may become Bridgerton's greatest enemies-to-lovers dynamic yet. In the clip, Queen Charlotte requests the help of a young nobleman to escape her marriage to the king, who she has never met and believes to be a “beast or a troll.”
Watch for yourself:
Can we talk about this exchange?
Charlotte: “I’m a lady in distress. You refuse to help the lady in distress?”
King George: “I refuse when that lady in distress is trying to go over a wall so that she does not have to marry me.”
Yep. I’m sold.
This post will be updated.
Originally Appeared on Glamour