** Bridgerton spoilers for all episodes of Season 1 ahead **
Bridgerton season 1 became so hugely popular when it launched on Christmas Day 2020 that the period drama has since become one of the biggest shows ever seen on Netflix. More than 82 million households have now streamed the first series, and with Bridgerton season 2 also here, it is likely the second series will be just as popular.
But while everyone was glued to the romance between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and the rakish Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), there was one other character that we just couldn't get enough of. While we now know the mysterious writer is behind those scandalous society sheets is Penelope Featherington, the actual voice for Lady Whistledown is someone entirely different...
Who narrates Bridgerton?
Bridgerton is narrated by showbiz legend Julie Andrews. Despite the fact we never see the film icon on the screen, Julie Andrews has cemented her place in Bridgerton history with her voice adding suspense and scandal to each episode as the mysterious Lady Whistledown publishes another high society gossip paper in Regency-era London.
Who is Lady Whistledown in Bridgerton?
Right at the very end of Season 1 we discover that the mysterious Lady Whistledown, who we have been trying to guess the identity of right from the word go, is actually Penelope Featherington, played by Nicola Coughlan.
Penelope is the youngest of the Featherington sisters and best friends with Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) who spends the majority of Season 1 trying to uncover the identity of Lady Whistledown, despite the fact she was actually right there under her nose.
Will Lady Whistledown's identity be exposed in Bridgerton Season 2?
By the end of season 1, it is only the viewers who know who is behind the scandalous Lady Whistledown. But, without giving too much away to those who haven't seen season 2 yet, it looks like Penelope might have a bit of work on her hands to keep true identity a secret from those closest to her.
As she fights to remain anonymous, Lady Whistledown will have plenty to talk about in her society papers as season 2 turns attention to Daphne’s older brother, the slightly petulant and domineering Lord Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) as he gets caught up in a romance with Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley).
What else has Julie Andrews been in before Bridgerton?
Following a hugely successful, life-long career on stage and screen, it is probably easier to name the productions Dame Julie Andrews hasn't been in. She's appeared in classics like Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and Thoroughly Modern Millie, as well as more recently starring in The Princess Diaries and lending her voice to films like Shrek and Despicable Me to name but a few. Julie Andrews has also had a hugely successful career on stage and TV.
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