Get All the Gossip on Netflix's 'Bridgerton' Prequel—Watch a First Look

Dear reader, we come bearing good news: The Bridgerton-verse is expanding! The period drama's Queen Charlotte is the focus of a new limited series from Netflix and Shondaland. The prequel, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, will also tell the stories of other characters from the hit show based on Julia Quinn's romance novels.

“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," Netflix's Bela Bajaria said in a previous statement.

"Shonda and her team are thoughtfully building out the Bridgerton universe so they can keep delivering for the fans with the same quality and style they love. And by planning and prepping all the upcoming seasons now, we also hope to keep up a pace that will keep even the most insatiable viewers totally fulfilled," Bajaria continued.

Meanwhile, showrunner Shonda Rhimes said, "As we continue to expand the world of Bridgerton, we now have the opportunity to devote even more of the Shondaland fold to the Bridgerton-verse."

Here is everything we know so far about Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.

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What is the Bridgerton prequel called?

The limited series' official title is Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. 

When is the Bridgerton prequel's release date?

No date has been announced, but if you're suffering from Bridgerton withdrawals, then the good news is Season 2 of the period drama is now streaming on Netflix.

Is there a trailer for the Bridgerton prequel? 

While a trailer has not yet been released, an exclusive first look was revealed at Tudum: A Netflix Global Fan Event 2022 featuring Charlotte meeting King George. The clip shows the "first encounter of a romance which sparked Bridgerton society as we know it."

What is the Bridgerton prequel about?

The prequel is based on the origins of Bridgerton's Queen Charlotte, who is played by Golda Rosheuvel in the original series. The new show will center on Queen Charlotte's "rise to prominence and power."  

The official longline reads: "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."

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Will there be other Bridgerton characters in the spinoff?

Yes! The series will tell the stories of Daphne and Anthony Bridgerton's mother Lady Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.

How to watch the Bridgerton spinoff

Like Bridgerton, the limited series will be available on Netflix.

Who's in the Bridgerton spinoff prequel cast?

Bridgerton fans, rejoice! Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte), Adjoa Andoh (Lady Agatha Danbury) and Ruth Gemmell (Lady Violet Bridgerton) are reprising their roles from the original Bridgerton for the prequel. Given that the limited series is about a young Queen Charlotte, Line of Duty's India Amarteifio has been cast to play a younger version of Rosheuval's character. Here's the full cast so far:

Arsema Thomas as young Agatha Danbury

Michelle Fairley as Princess Augusta

Corey Mylchreest as young King George

Tunji Kasim as Adolphus

Cyril Nri as Lord Danbury

Sam Clemmett as young Brimsley

Hugh Sachs as older Brimsley

Richard Cunningham as Lord Bute

Rob Maloney as the royal doctor

Freddie Dennis as Reynolds

Before they hit our screen, get to learn more about the characters, thanks to these descriptions courtesy of Netflix:

  • India Amarteifio (Line of Duty) plays 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. As she learns to navigate the palace, the ‘ton and her unpredictable husband, she grows into one of Europe’s most unforgettable monarchs.

  • Michelle Fairley (Gangs of London) plays 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 (Sandman) plays Young 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.

  • Arsema Thomas (making her TV debut!) plays Young 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.

Check back for updates as more information is released!

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