Within three weeks of its premiere on Netflix, Bridgerton (produced by Shonda Rhimes) had over 63 million viewers and they already announced a Season 2 with fans clamoring for more. Dubbed the Jane Austin of our time, romance novelist Julia Quinn has written a series of hugely popular books set in early 19th Century London, about a large, wealthy and powerful family named Bridgerton. The first book of the series, The Duke and I, has been turned into this divinely sumptuous Netflix series that has captured the hearts and breaths of viewers all over the world.
The first installment of the series follows Daphne, the eldest Bridgerton daughter, as she makes her debut in London society searching for a suitable marriage to a worthy gentleman. However, this is not your typical historical romance story. Bridgerton surprises and delights viewers with feminist twists and turns and alluring interludes – all under the razor-sharp gaze of an anonymous town gossip columnist named Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews) who delivers clever prose while airing everyone’s dirty laundry. This ultimate guide will delve into the numerous characters and the actors playing them, the stunning costumes and sets, and the many titillating plotlines (and romances) that have captivated the ever-expanding audience of fans.