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Bridgerton season 3 — everything we know so far

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Benedict is rumoured to be the leading man in Bridgerton season 3. (Image credit: Netflix)

Work has already begun on Bridgerton season 3 according to producer Shonda Rhimes and we simply can't wait for the next chapter of Netflix's period drama! 

This year's highly-anticipated Bridgerton season 2 was a big hit and audiences were taken on an emotional rollercoaster as the love triangle between Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and the Sharma sisters, Kate (Simone Ashley) and Edwina, played out. 

We also saw Penelope Featherington struggling to keep her secret identity as Lady Whistledown under wraps, as her best friend Eloise Bridgerton continued her quest to discover the truth. 

But who'll be the talk of the ton in season three? Here's everything we know so far...

Bridgerton season 3 release date

The writing process is already underway, so things are looking hopeful for a 2023 release date. There was just a fifteen-month gap between Bridgerton season 1 and the second season, so maybe we could be seeing Bridgerton season 3 arrive in our Netflix accounts in autumn 2023? 

Once we have a definite transmission date, we'll be sure to let you know...

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We'll be seeing plenty more of the Featheringtons in the years to come. (Image credit: Netflix)

Bridgerton season 3 plot

For the first two seasons, showrunner Chris Van Dusen stuck to the order in which author Julia Quinn published the Bridgerton novels. This led us to believe that the third season would be based upon the third book, An Offer From a Gentleman (opens in new tab), which focused on Benedict's love story. 

Series producer Shonda Rhimes has hinted in the past she and Van Dusen might mix things up. "There are eight Bridgerton siblings, so we're planning on following each one of the siblings' romantic stories," Rhimes told ET. "We're not necessarily going in order but we are going to be seeing each of the siblings and their stories."

In May, we learned that the third season would indeed be deviating from the regular book order. Nicola Coughlan revealed on Instagram that Bridgerton season 3 would be focusing on Penelope and Colin Bridgerton's love story instead.

This means we can instead look forward to seeing the story of book 4, Romancing Mister Bridgerton (opens in new tab), playing out whenever our next helping of Bridgerton comes along.

Don't worry though; Benedict's story is definitely still on the cards, it will just come in a later season. "I love Benedict's story," Chris Van Dusen also told ET. "I love his story and all these siblings, all these characters for different reasons. They all offer something new. 

"I think it was really the appeal to me in a project like this, the fact that we could tell these close-ended love stories and shift focus season after season," he explained. "This season, obviously we are with Anthony Bridgerton. It will go on and on and be equally as pleasurable as the one before."

Whoever the show's leading star is, there will be plenty of other plots to concentrate on in the next chapter of this hit period drama. More people have discovered Lady Whistledown’s true identity, so how much longer will Penelope Bridgerton be able to keep her secret from Queen Charlotte? 

"We’ve definitely got this situation where things are ramping up between them," said Luke Newton, who plays Colin, when we spoke to him. "It’s been really fun to film those kinds of scenes where there are little teasers from moments in the book and little moments that fans are going to love. We’ll have to see."

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Eloise Bridgerton discovered a jaw-dropping secret in season 2. (Image credit: Netflix)

Bridgerton season 3 cast

Jean Rege-Page was the star of the first season, yet didn't appear in the second so Bridgerton fans are terrified Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley, who played Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma, could suffer the same fate!

Memories of their Pall Mall match will stay with us for a long time, yet with season three still at the writing stage, the two leads from this year's installment said they had no idea if they'd be returning. Bailey even joked about how they'll "have to wait and see if we're invited," at a recent press event.

However, it has since been confirmed by Simone that the pair would in fact be back for the next season. She shared the news exclusively with Deadlinestating: "We're going to be back! Kate and Anthony are just getting started. We have the amazing Jess Brownell who is taking the lead as showrunner in season 3. In season 2, there was a lot of push and pull between Kate and Anthony, there were complications with the family, and then they find each other towards the end.

"I'd like to see Kate just let go a bit more and play more in season 3 and kind of swim in that circle of love together. I think they both deserve it," she added

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Charithra Chandran has hinted she won't be back as Edwina for season 3.  (Image credit: Liam Daniel/Netflix)

However, it looks like we've seen the last of Kate's sister Edwina, according to Charithra Chandran, who played her in season 2.

Charithra told us: "For Edwina, I'd say she's not a Bridgerton. And at the end of the day, the show is about the Bridgerton family. Edwina exists in the Bridger-verse, as we like to say, but I've been so happy to be, to have such a great part this season. And I'm just grateful for that."

We're also going to be seeing a new Bridgerton sibling next time, as one of the Bridgerton siblings has been recast for season 3. Hannah Dodd (Anatomy of a Scandal) has been signed up to replace Ruby Stokes as Francesca Bridgerton for the next series, as Ruby is joining Lockwood & Co opposite Morven Christie (The Bay).

Aside from Edwina and a new version of Francesca, though, it looks like our other favorites from the main cast are set to return. We'll be sure to keep you updated with news as and when more announcements for season 3's new cast members are confirmed.

TV tonight Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey play star-crossed lovers.

Will Kate Sharma and Anthony Bridgerton be back for season three?  (Image credit: Netflix)

Will there be a Bridgerton season 4? 

Yes! Netflix commissioned seasons 3 and 4 in April 2021, so we can expect plenty more drama in the years to come! 

Bridgerton season 3 trailer

With filming not yet underway, there's no trailer yet. But we'll be sure to post it here as soon as one lands.

Sean Marland
Sean Marland

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.