Filming is underway on a Bridgerton Queen Charlotte spin-off telling the story of the monarch's rise to the throne.
Described by Netflix as a limited series, the yet-to-be-named show will run for just one season and follow some of our favorites from the main show during their early years. We also know the new spin-off will be a prequel to Bridgerton season 1 and Bridgerton season 2.
The tale will focus on a youthful Queen Charlotte (played by Golda Rosheuval in the first two seasons of Bridgerton) but a young Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) and matriarch Violet (Ruth Gemmell) will also feature.
Here's everything we know about her upcoming spin-off show, which has been written by Bridgerton showrunner Shonda Rhimes...
Bridgerton Queen Charlotte spin-off release date
Netflix confirmed filming on the Bridgerton spin-off began in London in January 2022 and was slated to be over and done with by May 2022, which makes sense, given production has just recently started spinning up on Bridgerton season 3.
Sadly, we still don't have a confirmed release date for the new series just yet, but we've got our fingers crossed for Christmas 2022. Bridgerton 2 might have only hit Netflix in March, but it was hit with delays due to COVID-19... perhaps the Queen Charlotte spin-off will be on our screens in less time?
If it's not December, we expect we'll see the show arrive in early 2023. Regardless, once an official air date is confirmed, we'll be sure to let you know.
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Bridgerton Queen Charlotte spin-off series plot
A Netflix press release described the spin-off as “A limited prequel series based on the origins of Queen Charlotte, that will center on the rise and love life of a young Charlotte. The spinoff will also tell the stories of young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury”
While Julia Quinn's Bridgerton novels are works of fiction, there was a real Queen Charlotte in Britain during the early 1800s and while she doesn't appear in the books, showrunner Shonda Rhimes decided to add her to the show.
Yet it was Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos who encouraged Rhimes to write a spin-off series for the monarch... "Ted picked up the phone and called me and said, ‘Why aren’t we doing a show about Queen Charlotte? And will you write it?’" said Rhimes in an interview with Variety last year.
"I’m very obsessed with Queen Charlotte, and I always call her the Beyoncé of the show. I’m constantly saying out loud, ‘God, I love her wigs’ — somehow hoping that somebody will send me one of her wigs so that I can walk around wearing it.”
In real-life, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was a German noble and became queen consort to George III upon their marriage in 1761. The couple had 15 children, but King George III suffered several bouts of mental illness which hampered his rule. King George III is played by Vicar of Dibley star James Fleet in the main Bridgerton series.
Bridgerton Queen Charlotte spin-off cast
India Amarteifio, best known for starring opposite Thandiwe Newton in Line of Duty, will portray the younger version of Charlotte.
Queen Charlotte, played as an adult in Bridgerton season 1 and 2 by Golda Rosheuvel, has become a firm fan favourite with viewers, and Golda will reprise her role on the new prequel series alongside current Bridgerton cast mates Ruth Gemmell (Violet Bridgerton) and Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury).
India broke the news of her casting to her fans on Instagram recently, with a post that shows her with co-star Golda Rosheuval...
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The new spin-off will focus on Charlotte but is also set to highlight Lady Danbury's early years as well. TV newcomer Arsema Thomas (below) has been cast to play the younger version of Lady Danbury.
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In early July, Deadline (opens in new tab) revealed that British actress Connie Jenkins-Greig (Mr Selfridge, New Blood) would be joining the show as Young Violet Ledger, the daughter of Vivian and Lord Ledger (played by Katie Brayben and Keir Charles, respectively).
The Deadline report claims that she's been described as a "kind and inquisitive teenager".
Young George will be played by Corey Mylchreest, while Michelle Fairley - who played Catelyn Stark in Game of Thrones - will portray his mother, Princess Augusta.
The rest of the cast includes Sam Clemmett (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as young Brimsley, Richard Cunningham (The Witcher) as Lord Bute, Tunji Kasim (Nancy Drew) as Adolphus, Rob Maloney (Casualty) as the Royal Doctor, Cyril Nri (Cucumber) as Lord Danbury, while Hugh Sachs, will be reprising his Bridgerton role as the older Brimsley.
Is there a Bridgerton Queen Charlotte spin-off trailer?
There's no trailer yet, but if you want to know more about the real historical figure the monarch is based upon, this special report from WCNC, who are based in Charlotte, North Carolina (a state named after the monarch) is interesting viewing...
Sean has been writing about all things telly for over 10 years and in that time he's been lucky enough to interview stars like Ian McKellen, Tom Hardy and Kate Winslet. His favourite shows are The Great British Bake-Off, People Just Do Nothing and Succession and in his spare time he enjoys drinking tea, doing crosswords and watching football.
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