Luke Thompson as Benedict in Bridgerton

Here's Everything To Know About Book 3 In The Bridgerton Series

It's all about Benedict.

Warning: Mild spoilers for Bridgerton Season 2 — and major spoilers from Bridgerton Book 3 — follow. With Bridgerton Season 2 marrying off Anthony and Daphne off having babies with Simon, the stage is set for the next Bridgerton sibling to find love. Although Shondaland and Netflix have not officially confirmed Season 3 will continue to follow in the footsteps of the series’ source material (author Julia Qunn’s novels about the Bridgerton family), fans assume the next sibling up for marriage is Benedict. After all, his romance makes up the love story of Bridgerton ’s third book. So, here’s what An Offer From A Gentleman is about, in order for fans to get a loose idea of what the show could be doing next season.

As is true of both The Duke and I (Book 1) and The Viscount Who Loved Me (Book 2), An Offer From A Gentleman is a one-on-one romance, this one focused on second son Benedict Bridgerton as the hero and Sophie Beckett as the woman he will eventually marry. Unlike the first two books, this story is more mainstream in that the wedding bells come at the end of the story instead of midway through like most Regency-set stories. That’s because the book is based on a well-known mainstream fairytale: Cinderella .

In the book, Sophie is introduced as the daughter of the Earl of Penwood and his mistress, whose identity the story never reveals. The Earl loves Sophie, but his new wife, Araminta, Countess of Penwood, does not. When the Earl dies, the Countess is forced by his will to keep Sophie under her roof. Araminta does so by turning the girl into a servant for her daughters, Rosemund and Posy, while stealing her inheritance.

The cover for An Offer From A Gentleman

As happens to all daughters forced to work as servants by their stepmothers, Sophie gets herself a dress and sneaks off to the Bridgertons’ yearly masquerade ball, where she figures the mask will hide her identity from her stepmother in attendance. Unfortunately, it also hides her from Benedict, whom she meets and falls in love with before having to hightail it out at midnight without ever disclosing her identity.

Doing a full-blown retelling of the fairytale means the story’s structure is also upended from what fans expect. Book 1 of Bridgerton was set in 1813, Book 2 in 1814. Book 3 begins in 1815, but then it does an about-face after the masked Sophie runs away from Benedict at midnight. The story then jumps ahead three years: Benedict is still brooding over the mystery girl from the ball, and then he gets injured while riding and winds up being taken care of by Sophie, who he doesn’t recognize as the very object of his longing.

Luke Thompson as Benedict in Bridgerton

What ensues is a far more scandalous story than the first two books in the series. Although Bridgerton Season 2 changed up the “marriage halfway through” structure of the typical Regency Romance, both The Duke and I and The Viscount Who Loved Me books follow that structure, with the characters sleeping together after marriage, so as to not “ruin the heroine’s honor” (or whatever). But An Offer From A Gentleman does not do this — it holds marriage until the very end, since Sophie’s status as a servant means Benedict doesn’t have to offer an engagement ring to get in her bed...

Of course, all this could change in Bridgerton Season 3. Heck, it’s not even clear whether the Netflix series will tell this book’s story in the next batch of episodes, or focus on a different Bridgerton sibling entirely .

Both seasons of Bridgerton are now streaming on Netflix. Season 3 is expected in 2023.

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Read the 'Bridgerton' books to discover all siblings' happily-ever-afters

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In 2000, Julia Quinn released her novel “The Duke and I," a Regency romance that focused on the relationship between Simon Basset, a young duke, and Daphne, the eldest daughter of an illustrious London family.

Two decades and one Netflix series later, audiences are still falling in love with Quinn's stories. The second season of "Bridgerton " will be released on March 25, striking a different, but no less swoonworthy, tone than the first for its approach to intimate scenes .

Quinn's novel "The Duke and I" introduced readers to the Bridgerton family, composed of eight alphabetically-named children (from Anthony to Hyacinth). From there came seven more "Bridgerton" novels, each devoted to a different sibling; several spin-off books; and the hit Netflix show "Bridgerton," which first premiered in Dec. 2020.

After season one of the popular series aired, many fans were eager to read the novels that inspired the show. Quinn's first "Bridgerton" novel hit the top of the New York Times bestseller list 21 years after its initial publication. Amid surging demand, book retailers struggled to keep stock in stores , and some individual hardcover copies were selling for more than $700 online . By March 2021, the books had been reprinted with brand-new cover art — and are readily available again.

Season two of the Netflix show is based on the second book in Quinn's series, “The Viscount Who Loved Me." Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), the eldest Bridgerton sibling, will meet his match in Kate Sharma, played by Simone Ashley . With the addition of new twists and plot points, the show brings Quinn's enemies-to-lovers meets love-triangle story to the screen.

To read Quinn's original series, and to find out what may be in store for the upcoming seasons of the show, here’s a round-up of all the “Bridgerton” books in order.

Book 1: “The Duke and I”

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“The Duke and I”

Ah, the novel that started it all — and inspired season one of "Bridgerton," starring Phoebe Dynevor and Rege-Jean Page.

In "The Duke and I," Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, agree to a fake relationship to further their own agendas. The aim of their elaborate plan is to make Daphne appear more desirable to other suitors, and get marriage-minded mothers off of Simon’s back. But neither accounted for one key variable getting in the way: love.

Set in 1813 London, this book introduces readers to the Bridgerton's high society world, where gossip travels faster than a horse-drawn carriage — and nobody can get enough of Lady Whistledown's columns documenting every delectable tidbit.

The inclusion of Lady Whistledown, the books' hallmark gossip columnist, started as an accident, according to Quinn’s website.

When Quinn first began writing the story, she struggled with how to introduce expository information — facts that were necessary to understanding the Bridgertons' world, but wouldn't naturally occur in dialogue. She came up with the idea of telling her protagonist’s backstory through a gossip column: Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers.

“It turned out to be the most happy accident in my entire career!” Quinn wrote on her website.

Book 2: “The Viscount Who Loved Me”

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“The Viscount Who Loved Me”

“The Viscount Who Loved Me” returns to the "the ton" in 1814, a year after "The Duke and I" takes place. Readers follow what happens after Anthony Bridgerton — the eldest Bridgerton sibling, dubbed a "consummate rake" by Lady Whistledown — announces his intentions to marry at last.

Anthony sets his sights on newcomer Edwina Sheffield. The only thing standing in the way of an engagement is Edwina's older sister, Kate Sheffield. Kate, who is of the opinion that “reformed rakes” do not make good husbands, will do everything in her power to keep London’s most notorious one away from her sister.

This book is the inspiration for season two, introduces Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran as Kate and Edwina Sharma, newcomers to the social scene hailing from India. Jonathan Bailey reprises his role from season one as Anthony Bridgerton.

Book 3: “An Offer From a Gentleman”

“An Offer From a Gentleman”

“An Offer From a Gentleman”

Next up to London's marriage mart is Benedict Bridgerton, brother number two. His book, "An Offer from a Gentleman," is a classic Cinderella story, featuring an orphaned girl, a wicked stepmother, and a love-at-first-sight sequence at a ball.

Sophie Beckett is illegitimate daughter of an earl. After her father dies, Sophie is forced into a servant role by her cruel stepmother. On the evening of a masquerade ball hosted by the Bridgertons, Sophie is able to sneak away from her duties and attend. There, with her face concealed by a mask, she dances with the eligible bachelor Benedict before she has to make a midnight escape, leaving him pining after her.

"An Offer From a Gentleman" expands Benedict's story. In season one of Netflix’s “Bridgerton,” Benedict is depicted as a creative and artistic free spirit, struggling to find a place for himself in the rigid structures of London society. In the book, Benedict wrestles with forging his own identity separate from his large family. Essentially, he wants to be more than a “Bridgerton.”

“Bridgerton” has already been renewed for a season three, so you can expect to see Benedict Bridgerton (played by Luke Thompson) lock eyes with Sophie in a ballroom at some point in an upcoming season. Sophie has not been cast.

Book 4: “Romancing Mister Bridgerton”

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“Romancing Mister Bridgerton”

The fourth book in the "Bridgerton" series puts the spotlight on the cheeky third Bridgerton brother, Colin. His love interest is a character you already know, and likely love: Penelope Featherington, the red-headed, yellow-clad friend of the Bridgertons.

While Eloise Bridgerton is her closest friend, Penelope has always had an unrequited crush on Eloise's older brother, Colin.

Set 10 years after the first novel, Colin finally sees Penelope in a different light — and learns the shy girl next door has secrets he never could have imagined.

Luke Newton, who plays Colin in "Bridgerton," told TODAY about what Colin sees in Penelope. "She gives him a sense of that warm feeling that reminds him of home. When he has a moment alone with Pen, it feels like he’s been really himself," Newton said of the characters' connection.

In "Bridgerton," Penelope's alter ego as Lady Whistledown is revealed at the end of season one (though Easter Eggs pointed to her identity throughout the season). Penelope's secret takes longer to come out in the books, and is part of the plot of "Romancing Mister Bridgerton."

“Bridgerton” has been renewed through a fourth season. Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton have already laid the groundwork for their characters' eventual romance.

Book 5: “To Sir Phillip, With Love”

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“To Sir Phillip, With Love”

The next Bridgerton to find love is Eloise — and she embarks on quite a journey.

After maintaining a correspondence with a widower and famous scientist named Sir Phillip Crane, 28-year-old Eloise decides to take a leap of faith and accept his written proposal. She leaves her family home to marry a man she has never met. What more would we expect from the independent, free-spirited Eloise?

"Bridgerton" may already be setting up the events of "To Sir Phillip, With Love." Philip Crane appeared in season one as Marina Thompson's husband. He marries Marina in a bid to protect her honor: She is pregnant with his brother's child, and his brother died on the battlefield.

As of season two, Marina Thompson and Phillip Crane are still married — though by the the time book five opens, Marina has already died. No word on how the "Bridgerton" series will address Marina and Phillip's marriage.

Eloise Bridgerton is played by Claudia Jessie in the Netflix series. Marina Thompson is played by Ruby Barker and Phillip Crane by Chris Fulton.

Book 6: “When He Was Wicked”

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“When He Was Wicked”

"When He Was Wicked" offers a change in scenery, swapping out the London ton for a Scottish castle. The book also highlights a character you may not recognize from the show: Francesca Bridgerton, absent for most of season one (she was visiting her aunt in Bath, if you recall).

While her sister Eloise is bold and forthright with her opinions, Francesca is more reserved. But under her cool demeanor, she brings just as much wit.

"When He Was Wicked" introduces readers to two new characters: cousins John Stirling and Michael Stirling. When Michael first sees Francesca, it is love at first sight. The only problem? He meets her at a dinner celebrating her imminent marriage to his cousin, John. So begins a years-long love story.

In the show, Francesca is played by Ruby Stokes.

Book 7: “It’s In His Kiss”

It's in His Kiss - (Bridgertons, 7) by Julia Quinn (Paperback)

“It’s In His Kiss”

Jumping out of alphabetical order, the seventh book follows the youngest Bridgerton child, Hyacinth.

In this book, Hyacinth — described as “fiendishly smart” and “devilishly outspoken” — crosses paths with Gareth St. Clair, grandson of none other than Lady Danbury. Hyacinth offers to help Gareth translate an old diary written in Italian that may contain information needed to secure his future.

In the show, Hyacinth, who is around 10 years old in season one, is played by Florence Hunt.

Book 8: “On the Way to the Wedding”

On the Way to the Wedding - (Bridgertons, 8) by Julia Quinn (Paperback)

“On the Way to the Wedding”

To finish out the series, book eight follows the youngest Bridgerton son, Gregory. And it starts in a sprint, literally. As the title suggests, Gregory finds himself running to the altar to stop a wedding. But whose? To answer that question, the story jumps back in time to two months prior.

Gregory aims to find a true love match, just like his parents had. He sets his sights on Hermione Watson, but unfortunately, she is already in love with someone else. Hermione’s best friend, the engaged Lady Lucinda Abernathy, offers to help him win her over. But soon, Lucy starts falling for Gregory herself.

Gregory Bridgerton is around 12 years old in season one of the Netflix adaptation and is played by Will Tilston.

Here are more books about the Bridgerton family’s adventures.

Following the success of the eight novels in the “Bridgerton” series, Quinn released more stories about the fan-favorite London family, plus an entire prequel series about the Rokesby family , close friends of the Bridgertons.

“The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After”

The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After - by Julia Quinn

While each of the eight books tie things up in a neat bow with an epilogue, readers wanted more. So in 2013, Quinn gave fans an updated glimpse into the lives of the eight couples by writing an additional epilogue for each, plus a bonus scene all about the family matriarch, Violet Bridgerton.

“The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton”

The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton - by Julia Quinn (Hardcover)

Technically, "The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton" is written by Julia Quinn — but Lady Whistledown might call herself the true author.

The 2021 book compiles Lady Whistledown's insights about the book series' characters, and features 13 new Whistledown columns. Each chapter focuses on a different character, opening with an introduction in Whistledown’s classic wink-and-nod style, and highlighting their best quotes and moments.

Quinn told TODAY that the book brings added insight to the characters who many viewers had fallen in love with through the screen.

“The television show, what it gives you that the books can’t, is an incredible visual. You have this ability to really focus on each character at once, I think. But books can bring more of the internal dialogue and the internal thoughts,” Quinn said.

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What to Expect in Bridgerton Season 3, Based on the Novels

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Okay Kate and Anthony, we love you, but it’s time to get the hell out of here! I mean, don’t go too far, but enough to make room for another couple and another Bridgerton to step into the spotlight for season three.

As you must know by now, Netflix’s steamy Regency era romance series Bridgerton is based on a series of novels by Julia Quinn, and each of those books focuses on just one Bridgerton sibling and their great love story. Season one of the show was based on the first novel, The Duke and I , which told the story of Daphne Bridgerton’s successful foray into high society London’s marriage mart in which she gained a whole lot of life lessons — and an affinity for spoons — from the dashing Duke of Hastings. Season two then put the spotlight on eldest Bridgerton, Anthony, who is the main protagonist in the second of Quinn’s novels, The Viscount Who Loved Me , where he has a whole Pride and Prejudice– type deal with Kate, who has excellent taste in both pall mall mallets and corgis.

The TV series is very much an adaptation of the novels and makes changes, or pulls from future novels, as needed, but the powers behind Bridgerton have made clear that they’d like a new sibling to take the lead each season. They’ve yet to announce which Bridgerton will be headlining season three, but if they follow the novels, book three is An Offer From a Gentleman and it’s all about Benedict Bridgerton finding true love. Bridgerton Number Two does seem like a likely suspect for the hot seat after the events of this past season — and I’m not talking about him getting high out of his mind off of spiked tea, but I’m also not not talking about that — but they’ve been a bit coy and withholding about making it official (how very Regency era of them). Perhaps the show will dive a bit deeper into Romancing Mister Bridgerton , the fourth novel, which tells the story of Colin falling for a certain gossip queen. Who knows? Only time and an official press release will tell. Until then, let’s once again talk about a few possibilities of things that could grace our screens in next season based on what we know from the novels.

Is it true? Could it be? Will we get to see how Bridgerton throws a masquerade ball?? We are not worthy.

Masquerade! Paper faces on parade! Okay, that’s from Phantom of the Opera but I don’t care. The mere possibility of getting to see how the team behind Bridgerton would throw the Bridgerton Masquerade Ball that kicks off Benedict’s novel has me hyped . The show is already a spectacle and now there’s going to be costumes?? And not just any costumes, baby. In An Offer From a Gentleman ’s masquerade we get Eloise as Joan of Arc (so on brand!), Penelope as a very sad leprechaun (unfortunately, also on brand), and the other Featheringtons as pieces of fruit (sure, why not!). If that’s the book’s take, you know the show’s will only be bigger and better. And since a masquerade ball seems ripe for the Bridgerton world, what with its excess and hidden identities and unmasking, I can only assume they’ve held off on doing one thus far so that they can do right by Benedict’s big meeting with a mysterious woman. Don’t let us down, Bridgerton , we all need this!!

Benedict Bridgerton will get the fairy-tale treatment.

If season three does put Benedict in the hot seat, you should brush up on your Cinderella . An Offer From a Gentleman is pretty much a Regency era retelling of the classic fairy tale, right down to the evil stepmother and stepsisters. (Okay, one of the stepsisters isn’t so bad.) Benedict’s love interest in the novel is Sophie Beckett, the bastard daughter of an Earl, who ends up taking her in when her mother, a maid, dies. Things are fine until he gets remarried to a woman named Araminta and she and her two daughters, Rosamund and Posy, move in. Araminta hates Sophie from the start and when the Earl dies, she keeps Sophie around but as a servant. As you might have guessed, Sophie ends up at the Bridgerton masquerade, in costume and mask, and Benedict mistakes her for a lady of the ton. They dance and make out and in a little over an hour, Benedict is head over heels for her. And then she’s gone. He searches for years and doesn’t want to marry anyone else lest she show up, but has no luck finding her. He ends up running into Sophie under different circumstances when she’s a servant at a new house and he doesn’t recognize her at all as the woman he loves, but does recognize that he would still like to have sex with this new, other woman. There’s all this stuff about Benedict offering to make Sophie his mistress, which I don’t remember from Cinderella , and hopefully the show makes that whole aspect a little bit more palatable. Anyway, true love reigns!

At the end of season two of Bridgerton , we watch as Benedict, who has just learned that Anthony bought his spot at the Royal Academy rather than Benedict earning it with his own artistic talents, seems to toss aside his dreams of becoming an artist for good. (Like, he literally puts away all of his art tools.) It’s actually a great setup in order for TV Benedict to get into the headspace where we find Book Benedict before he falls for Sophie. In the book, at one point Benedict remarks that he loves Sophie because she is so sure of herself, who she is, and what she does and doesn’t want, whereas Benedict, who has lived so much of his life being “Number Two” and treated accordingly, is insecure about who he is and who he wants to be. He’s scared to go after what he wants (in the books, he keeps his art a secret from his family for a while). So, who knows? Maybe Bridgerton ’s comic relief is ready to seriously fall for someone.

Or will things start to get serious for Colin and Penelope?

Here’s the thing: Season two of Bridgerton also does a nice job of teeing up Colin for his big romantic turn, which in the books, happens in book four, Romancing Mister Bridgerton . In that novel, Colin has just returned from his travels in Greece and Cyprus — and won’t stop talking about it — and feels adrift without any kind of purpose. That’s our Colin, right? Moreover, that devastating scene in the finale in which Penelope overhears Colin saying he’d never marry her? That happens in the books before those two crazy kids finally get together. In the books, Colin actually says that to his brothers in An Offer From a Gentleman and instead of running away, Penelope responds that she never asked him to marry her and it is extremely awkward for everyone involved. Penelope carries that moment of humiliation with her for a while — the entire scene is replayed in Romancing Mister Bridgerton — and uses it as a way to push aside her silly crush (for a while). So really all we’d need now is for Colin to begin to see Penelope in a new light, as more than “just Pen.”

On the flip side, it’s hard to see TV Penelope as ready for her big moment just yet. There’s that heartbreak over the Colin conversation she overheard, of course, and also with how things went down with both Queen Charlotte and Eloise, it seems like Pen is going to have a lot of Whistledown drama to deal with the next time we see her. In the novels, it does take Penelope and Colin over ten years to finally get together, so if the show does want to wait a little longer to pull the trigger, there is precedent.

This one’s for the horndogs: There will probably be more sex.

Benedict’s horny on main, we know this. While the other Bridgertons are out worrying about what is proper and what is not and/or becoming obsessed with opera singers, Benedict is out there living that sort-of bohemian lifestyle (as much as a lord from a distinguished family can). In season one, he was down for a three-way and a casual relationship with Genevieve Delacroix. In season two, he was off to art school where his favorite course was Model Humping 101. While Anthony had repression baked into his character, Benedict does not. So, yeah, Benedict and Sophie have some pretty sweaty scenes together. Are you happy now?

It might be time to formally introduce Francesca Bridgerton.

With two of the eight Bridgerton siblings now officially off the Marriage Mart, it could be time to tag in Bridgerton number six, Francesca, for a more prominent role. In the TV series thus far, she’s the Bridgerton we’ve seen the least: In season one, she’s visiting family in Bath until she appears in the final episode, and in season two, she’s around for the first few episodes before disappearing for the rest of the season (this was apparently due to a scheduling issue with Ruby Stokes ).

Sure, the Francesca-focused novel When He Was Wicked is, like Frannie herself, the sixth in line, but it feels like it’s time to start developing her story for several reasons. For one, it plays out over several years and that’s because technically, Francesca has two love stories. In the novels, she is happily married for two years before her husband tragically dies, and years later she ends up in an interesting entanglement with a somewhat complicated figure (well, I don’t want to give it all away). Because her story covers several years, her book, Colin and Penelope’s book, and Eloise’s all end up intersecting. Obviously, the show doesn’t have to follow suit with any of this, but if it is moving forward with any of those characters’ stories, there’s opportunity to toss Francesca in the mix and at least get the first part of her story going soon. Lastly, Francesca has a different vibe than her siblings. In the books, she’s sort of an outlier in the Bridgertons — she’s more reserved, and though she loves her family, she isn’t one for all the commotion that seems to follow them wherever the Bridgertons go. It would be interesting to see how she interacts with her siblings. The girl’s gotta make her debut sometime, right?

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Have you been watching Bridgerton ? A candy-coloured adaptation of a beloved Regency romance series (with, thankfully, diverse casting) is just what we need in these times. If you weren’t familiar with Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton books before Shonda Rhimes’s production company adapted them, now is your chance to read all eight. And then, luckily for you, there are other Julia Quinn books to read. Here’s a guide to the Bridgerton books and a look at some of Quinn’s other novels.

The Bridgerton Series

The Bridgerton Netflix show is based on Quinn’s eight novels about the family. There are eight Bridgerton siblings and each one gets their own book, so season one of the Netflix show is mostly an adaptation of the first book in the series, while season two is the same for the second. We’ve gotten word that the third season will actually portray the events of the fourth book, but will have to wait and see how the show’s creators and writers plan to handle forthcoming seasons—they may blend books together, as some of the storylines happen concurrently even though they’re in different novels. One consistent plot thread through the books is the existence of Lady Whistledown, an anonymous gossip columnist whose risqué columns set off several of the events in each book.

I don’t think these books necessarily have to be read in series order. I started with book 6 and was able to catch up pretty quickly. But the books do follow one another, so here’s a breakdown of the series in order.

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The Duke and I

The Duke and I , like season one, is about Daphne, oldest Bridgerton daughter, who enters into a fake courtship with Simon, a duke. The situation is supposed to benefit both of them—Simon will avoid other marriage-minded ladies and Daphne will attract notice from gentlemen who’ve overlooked her. But the more time they spend together, the more real their relationship starts to feel. So now, not only is Daphne falling in love with Simon while pretending to be in love with him, she’ll have to find a way to convince him that they should take their courtship from fake to real.

The Viscount Who Loved Me

The titular viscount here is Anthony, the oldest Bridgerton, who is enjoying bachelor life and has no plans to marry. Or so says Lady Whistledown. Anthony has actually decided it’s time to settle down, and he’s found the perfect ladylike candidate. Unfortunately, her annoying sister, Kate Sheffield, keeps getting in the way. Kate is determined to protect her sister from marriage to a notorious rake, but she finds that she’s not immune to Anthony’s charms after all. As they continue their battle of wits—and wills—they discover that they may be better together than they realize…

You’ll notice a few differences between Bridgerton season two and The Viscount Who Loved Me , including Kate and her sister’s Indian name and heritage, as well as a few plot points. But both are similarly entertaining.

An Offer from a Gentleman

This book is a take on Cinderella. Sophie Beckett has been cursed with a mean stepmother and placed in the role of a servant—even though she’s an earl’s daughter. When she manages to sneak away to a masquerade ball, she has the night of her life, thanks to the “Prince Charming” she encounters there: Benedict Bridgerton. And though Sophie knows they can never be together, Benedict is determined to find his mystery woman. That is, if he didn’t keep getting distracted by a familiar-seeming woman dressed like a housemaid, who he seems to be drawn to against his will. It’s unclear why the folks at Bridgerton decided to jump ahead past this book, but all will reveal itself in time.

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton

I think this is a favorite book in the series for many Bridgerton fans, because the main characters, Colin and Penelope, are so appealing. Colin is the third Bridgerton brother, a notorious charmer who has resisted settling down in favor of spending time abroad. But he’s tired of being thought of as nothing but a rake, and he’s especially tired of Lady Whistledown’s gossip column for implying that’s all he is. Meanwhile, Penelope has been watching Colin from afar for years—and has been in love with him for almost as long. When he returns from abroad and their paths cross again, Colin finds that Penelope isn’t the same wallflower she used to be. Penelope finds that she’s still in love with him. But she’s been keeping a huge secret that threatens to upend everything she holds dear, especially if Colin finds out.

To Sir Philip, With Love

Eloise Bridgerton is a spinster. She doesn’t have much to occupy her time, aside from her new correspondence with her deceased cousin’s husband, Sir Philip Crane. Philip needs a mother for his children, so he proposes, sight unseen, figuring Eloise is just desperate enough to accept. And though Eloise thinks the scheme is ridiculous, something in her makes her say yes…and then she’s off to the country to meet her match. Unfortunately, Philip turns out to be rugged and rough, not much of a match at all. But he is handsome. And his children need someone. And without the rest of society watching them, maybe they can find a way to connect.

When He Was Wicked

Michael Stirling, noted rake, has a secret. He’s been in love with Francesca Bridgerton since he first saw her. Unfortunately, the first time he saw her was just days before her wedding—to his cousin. Michael loves his cousin, and he grows to cherish Francesca’s friendship, too. But then the unthinkable happens, and Francesca is left alone. Can Michael convince her to see him as more than her trusted friend and confidante?

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It’s in His Kiss

If there’s a Bridgerton everyone fears, it’s youngest daughter Hyacinth. She’s smart, outspoken, and fearless. Gareth St. Clair has always found her best in small doses. But now that his father is threatening to ruin his inheritance, and Gareth needs someone to translate an old diary written in Italian to stop him, Hyacinth is the only one who can help. Her Italian isn’t quite perfect, but the more time they spend together, the closer they are to finding the answers they seek.

On the Way to the Wedding

Gregory Bridgerton isn’t like his rakish older brothers. He believes in love at first sight. And when he first sees Hermione Watson, he knows it’s her. Unfortunately, she doesn’t agree—she’s in love with someone else, a man her best friend Lady Lucinda Abernathy has deemed a most improper match. So Lucy agrees to help Gregory win Hermione over. Lucy herself is engaged to a man her uncle chose, so there’s no risk of feelings getting involved…right?

The Bridgerton Prequels

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Quinn is also currently writing a Bridgerton prequel series set in the late 18th century. It follows the Rokesby and Bridgerton families, country neighbors and close friends with children of marriageable age. So far, there are four books in this series: Because of Miss Bridgerton , The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband , The Other Miss Bridgerton , and First Comes Scandal . These books share a similar feel to the original Bridgerton books—a close-knit family, amusing shenanigans—but they don’t have quite the same charm as the originals, in my opinion.

The Smythe-Smith Quartet

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The unfortunate Smythe-Smith family musicale makes an appearance in several of the original Bridgerton books. In the Smythe-Smith family, it’s tradition for the eldest unmarried daughters to form a quartet and play a concert every year…but they are all awful at music. The Smythe-Smith musicale is mostly an object of amusement in the Bridgerton books, but in this quartet of novels our main characters are the unlucky musicians themselves. These have a light, not-too-angsty tone and are lots of fun. The four books are Just Like Heaven , A Night Like This , The Sum of All Kisses , and The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy .

Other Julia Quinn Books

Quinn has a number of other trilogies and duos. If you want to read more of her work, The Lost Duke of Wyndham and Mr. Cavendish, I Presume? are good places to start. Her website has a complete list of the rest of her books . And, of course, she’s still writing more.

Once you’ve read all of the Bridgerton books, and Quinn’s other work, you can move on to some of the many other great historical romances out there. You can check out this list of Bridgerton alternatives to try , or do a deep dive into specific authors. Start with the work of Courtney Milan , Beverly Jenkins , Lisa Kleypas , Sherry Thomas, Eloisa James , Tessa Dare , and Jeannie Lin. If the humor and banter of Bridgerton are what you’re after, try Lydia San Andres’s A Summer for Scandal , Evie Dunmore’s Bringing Down the Duke , Minerva Spencer’s Notorious or Martha Waters’s To Have and to Hoax . And if you’re in the mood to read a whole completed series, here’s a list of recommendations .

You may also want to check out this Book Riot list of historical romance by Black authors and our suggestions for how newbies can get into historical romance . And if the fire that Bridgerton lit just won’t go out, try this list of steamy historical romances . After all, it’ll be a long wait for the next season of Bridgerton —thank goodness we have books to keep us occupied!

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Benedict Bridgerton broods.

Benedict Bridgerton (Luke Thompson) is the second-born Bridgerton brother fans of the Netflix series adore. He's unburdened by the weight of being the Bridgerton family patriarch, like Benedict's stubborn elder Bridgerton brother Anthony (Jonathan Bailey).

Benedict is also far more mature than his younger brother Colin, and he draws women in like a muscular magnet (see Season 2 of Bridgerton as Exhibit A). The best thing about Benedict however, is his dream of becoming an artist.

He's rather disheartened to learn in Bridgerton Season 2 that it was Anthony who paid for him to be admitted into a prestigious arts college. Benedict appeared to be at his best at the college, crafting portraits that had his fellow students impressed. Above all else, Benedict's main love appears to be art, with women coming second.

However, if the Bridgerton series keeps adapting the books in chronological order, then Benedict's love story is next! What happens?

Anthony and Benedict are brothers, but they couldn't be more different in personality...

Benedict finds his own Cinderella in the third 'Bridgerton' book.

Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for the third Bridgerton book.

After Anthony and Daphne are married off, Benedict is seen as prime-husband material in Julia Quinn's third Bridgerton novel, "An Offer From a Gentleman." Naturally, because this is the Bridgerton -verse, Benedict finds love in the most unexpected place.

Sophie Beckett is the illegitimate daughter of an Earl. The Earl is somewhat kind and takes care of Sophie ... However, Sophie's life goes downhill when the Earl marries a woman named Araminta, who treats Sophie cruelly after the Earl dies.

If you're catching Cinderella vibes from Sophie's story, just wait to see what happens next. She manages to sneak into Lady Bridgerton's masquerade ball, courtesy of a kindly housekeeper who detests how Araminta treats Sophie like Regency trash.

Sophie leaves quite the impression on Benedict. He vows that he will only marry the mysterious, masked woman at the ball, waiting for years to find her. Ironically, Benedict does find his mystery woman a few years later, but doesn't realize it.

Benedict clearly likes Sophie but hesitates because of their class differences.

Araminta kicks Sophie out of the house after she found out Sophie went to the ball, and Benedict ends up rescuing Sophie from her current lascivious employer about two years after the ball. He gets her a job working at the Bridgerton house, where the couple's connection deepens.

However, Benedict is still determined to marry his mystery masked woman, failing to realize she's right there in front of him. He's also hesitant to even think of marrying Sophie because of their class divide.

After a dramatic series of mishaps (we don't want to spoil everything so you can enjoy the book!) Benedict discovers that Sophie was his mystery woman all along. Not only that, but Sophie's father actually left her a dowry! (Araminta the wicked stepmother had kept it to herself, because, of course .)

Thankfully, all's well that ends well for Benedict and Sophie. They get married and have their very own happily-ever-after. Eat your heart out, Cinderella.

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Review: An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgertons #3) by Julia Quinn

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After binge watching the Netflix series, Bridgerton, I renewed my promise to read all the Bridgerton books immediately! I read The Duke and I when word of the show started circulating. I didn’t love The Duke and I but I liked it enough to consider reading the other books in the series, but I wanted to wait and see how the show was before I went back to reading the Bridgerton books.

Well I swooned for the series and quickly nabbed a copy of The Viscount Who Loved me (Anthony’s story) which was incredible. Anthony Bridgerton will probably reign for a while as as favorite romantic hero of mine. Before I was even done with the second book though, I had downloaded all the rest of the Bridgerton novels and vowed to read them in rapid sucession.

And read them I did! This book is Benedict’s story and while the show depicted him as sexually ambiguous at this point, in the book he is very much a heterosexual man, though probably the least memorable of the Bridgerton clan. But I was looking forward to his story all the same because I love a Cinderella romance too!

Sophie Beckett never dreamed she’d be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton’s famed masquerade ball—or that “Prince Charming” would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.

Who was that extraordinary woman?  Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other—except, perhaps, this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid’s garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers her his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love? ( Summary from Goodreads )

Coming off The Viscount Who Loved Me , I knew that this book simply wouldn’t hold a candle to Anthony’s story. And in truth—it didn’t for me. But it was still a fun and diverting read all the same. Benedict always seemed a little blah for me in the books. He lacked the same charisma and sex appeal that Anthony had, even Colin, the other brother who’s story I am reading next—-had more presence in the novels than Benedict did. So I don’t know that I was chomping at the bit to read his story but I was excited to see how Quinn portrayed him and made the audience love him.

This story is 100% a rags to riches, Cinderella story. If you love Cinderella stories then this is absolutely for you! Sophie played the part of a wronged damsel so well. She was sympathetic, caring, principled, and hard working. I instantly liked her and hoped that she would get her HEA with Benedict tough to be honest, it seemed entirely unlikely for 90% of the book. I had a hard time more with Benedict than I did with Sophie. I liked Sophie and enjoyed watching her overcome her issues and triumph over her evil step mother. But Benedict—didn’t leave a good taste in my mouth.

For most of the book I was like kick his ass to the curb Sophie! A slight spoiler—Benedict spends 90% of the novel begging Sophie to be his mistress instead while he holds out hope that his ‘true love’ mystery women will reappear in his life. I had a hard time with that. It bordered on irritating and insulting to Sophie. I know that in the end, Benedict sees the error of his ways and begs her forgiveness and there was never any doubt that he loved Sophie, but what I had a hard time with was the getting there part.

Asking Sophie to be his mistress was logical and indeed fitting considering her social status, but I still struggled with how he went about it. Benedict just seemed unwilling to take no for an answer and yet couldn’t let go of his mystery women. I had a hard time with Benedict because of this. It wasn’t completely off putting but I was glad when the story was over so I could move on to Colin’s story because I have a feeling that Colin will be just as swoon worthy as Anthony for me. This was still a good read it just wasn’t my favorite in the series so far but it still a fun escape and had it’s high points.

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Kindle Edition, 421 pages

Published August 25th 2015 by Avon (first published July 1st 2001)

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Rating: 3 stars

Genre: historical fiction, historical romance, romance

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I’m sorry but I do not agree with Sophie stealing the show and Benedict being a nuisance. I feel that Sophie was wrong in dragging stuff along by not telling him the truth from the beginning. If she would have told him the truth and he still wanted her as his mistress than I would agree with ur review but not on the principal of a lie that she continued to do especially after finding out that he looked for her for as long as he did. I thought that Sophie was selfish and unreasonable and Benedict was a good guy that didn’t deserve what Sophie put him through. I was so angry at Sophie that I couldn’t finish the book. I was tired of Benedict chasing her and yelling at her to just tell him the truth. I’m trying to finish this book but it’s hard. It’s a good book just annoying and frustrating.

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A Complete Guide to All the Bridgerton Books in Order

Published on 3/9/2023 at 3:30 PM

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The next season of Netflix's " Bridgerton " is just months away, and we're already counting down the days until we get to reunite with the Bridgertons, the Featheringtons, Lady Danbury, Queen Charlotte , and the rest of the ton! To fill the time while we wait for our favorites to return to our screens, it seems like the perfect time to revisit Julia Quinn's series of historical romance novels that inspired the TV show.

Published primarily between 2000 and 2006 (with a final "epilogue" published in 2013), Quinn's novels trace a familiar story: the romantic trials and tribulations of the wealthy Bridgerton family in Regency-era England. Each of the eight siblings gets their own book and their own unique path to a romantic happily ever after, from a fake courtship with a duke and a friendship that becomes more to a widow finding second love and much more.

Of course, Quinn's novels just form a basic blueprint for the TV adaptation. Netflix's series has already made plenty of changes , both big and small, to the books' storylines, and we're pretty sure there are plenty more changes to come! The TV version has even shifted the order of the siblings' stories, with Colin's story — the fourth book in the series — getting bumped up ahead of his older brother Benedict's to anchor the third season of the TV show . If you're looking to read the Bridgerton books in order, though, keep reading for a complete guide as to what order to read them in and what you can expect.

"Bridgerton" Books in Order

"Bridgerton" Books in Order

  • "The Duke and I"
  • "The Viscount Who Loved Me"
  • "An Offer From a Gentleman"
  • "Romancing Mr. Bridgerton"
  • "To Sir Phillip, With Love"
  • "When He Was Wicked"
  • "It's in His Kiss"
  • "On the Way to the Wedding"
  • "The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After"

"The Duke and I"

"The Duke and I"

" The Duke and I ," the first book in the Bridgerton book series, just like the first season of the Netflix adaptation, centers on Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter and fourth-eldest Bridgerton sibling. Daphne has been "out" in society for a couple of seasons and, while well-liked, seems to be viewed as a friend rather than a potential wife by most eligible suitors.

When she crosses paths with Simon, the newly returned Duke of Hastings, the unlikely pair realize they can help one another. They'll fake a courtship to improve Daphne's prospects and to ward off the meddling mamas pushing their daughters at Simon — but as any fan of the "fake dating" trope expects, the line soon gets blurred between their fake relationships and real feelings.

"The Viscount Who Loved Me"

"The Viscount Who Loved Me"

Anthony Bridgerton became the Viscount Bridgerton at far too young an age after his father's sudden death from a bee sting. In " The Viscount Who Loved Me ," more than a decade into the role, he's decided it's time to marry and have heirs to ensure the continuation of the Bridgerton line. The only catch? He's determined that love will have no role in his marriage.

Anthony quickly sets his sights on the charming Edwina Sheffield, but there's an obstacle in his path: her older sister Kate, whose approval he needs to marry Edwina — and she is very unwilling to give it. Anthony and Kate may loathe each other at first, but the sparks between them are undeniable, throwing both their lives into upheaval.

"An Offer From a Gentleman"

"An Offer From a Gentleman"

" An Offer From a Gentleman " puts the second Bridgerton son, Benedict, at the center of the story. After meeting a mysterious lady at a masked ball, Benedict Bridgerton is in love. He insists he will not marry until he can find his mystery lady and sweep her off her feet. What he doesn't know is that the woman behind the mask is right under his nose.

Sophie Beckett, the illegitimate daughter of an earl, is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters. She sneaks out incognito for one glorious night at the famed Bridgerton ball, but when her stepmother finds out what she's done, she's cast out. Fortunately, she finds employment as a maid in the Bridgerton household.

Despite her best efforts, she grows close to Benedict and the others, but Benedict struggles to reconcile his growing feelings for Sophie with his vow to his mystery lady.

"Romancing Mr. Bridgerton"

"Romancing Mr. Bridgerton"

The third season of Netflix's "Bridgerton" skips ahead to adapt the fourth book in the series, " Romancing Mr. Bridgerton ." Penelope Featherington has loved Colin Bridgerton for years, but he only sees her as a good friend. After a decade "out" in society, Penelope remains the ton's wallflower, while Colin has spent years traveling and trying to figure out a role for himself as a third son.

Then, almost all at once, Colin begins to see Penelope in a very different light. Can their friendship turn into something more, after all these years? And more importantly, what will happen when the true identity of Lady Whistledown finally comes to light?

"To Sir Phillip, With Love"

"To Sir Phillip, With Love"

We're still at least a year or two away from Eloise's season of the Netflix show, but the title of " To Sir Phillip, With Love " hints that we've already met her future love. Eloise strikes up a correspondence with Sir Phillip Crane, the widow of the Bridgertons' cousin Marina (yes, that Marina — she's a Bridgerton cousin, not a Featherington cousin, in the books, and not even mentioned until the fifth book).

Then, much to both their surprises, Phillip impulsively proposes — and even more surprisingly, Eloise decides to accept, given the chaos happening in her own life. When she shows up on his doorstep, what happens next isn't quite what either of them had planned.

"When He Was Wicked"

"When He Was Wicked"

" When He Was Wicked " turns the story over to Francesca, the third Bridgerton daughter. She marries young, with a love match to the handsome and charming John Stirling, a Scottish earl. After a few happy years together, though, John suddenly dies, and the earldom passes to his cousin and Francesca's friend, Michael Stirling.

Michael is hiding a few secrets of his own, including the fact that he fell in love at first sight with Francesca — not that he's ever allowed that to show. Years after the loss of John, however, he and Francesca find their way into each other's orbit once again, if only they can allow themselves to act on their feelings and pursue new happiness.

"It's in His Kiss"

"It's in His Kiss"

Hyacinth may be the youngest Bridgerton sibling, but her book, " It's in His Kiss ," actually comes before her older brother Gregory's. The baby of the Bridgerton bunch is all grown up and has become a popular, confident young woman. At one party, she crosses paths with Gareth St. Clair, a young man whose father has left him in a sticky situation. His sole clue to uncovering the truth about his family and his inheritance is an old diary — which happens to be written in Italian.

Hyacinth agrees to help Gareth translate the mysterious diary. The more time they spend together, however, the less they think about the mysteries of the past and the more they think about the prospects of the future.

"On the Way to the Wedding"

"On the Way to the Wedding"

The final full-length "Bridgerton" novel is " On the Way to the Wedding ," wrapping up with the story of the youngest Bridgerton brother. Gregory falls head over heels in love with one Hermione Watson, who, much to his dismay, is already in love with someone else. Her best friend, Lady Lucinda Abernathy, disapproves of Hermione's current suitor, so she agrees to help Gregory win her over — only to fall for Gregory herself.

The madcap romantic back-and-forth only gets more complicated as Gregory realizes Lucy is, in fact, his perfect match — but she's already engaged, and her uncle is unwilling to let her break her engagement. It'll take a lot of courage, and true love, to get this tangled web of missed connections and mistaken engagements unraveled.

"The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After"

"The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After"

" The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After ," the last book in the Bridgerton series, isn't a full novel but a collection of shorter pieces that wrap up the Bridgertons' stories. The collection features "second epilogues" for all eight of the Bridgerton siblings' stories, catching up with their romances after happily ever after and revealing a few more tidbits about where they all end up, what happens with a few dangling plot threads, and even what happens to a few beloved side characters.

Plus, there's a short novella focused on the one Bridgerton who doesn't have her own book. Violet Bridgerton, the matriarch of the family, gets to share bits and pieces of her own story as she watches her children grow up and thinks back on the great love she had and lost.

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2023 BRIDGERTON BOOK NEWS! Queen Charlotte is a novel set in the Bridgerton-verse, co-written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn and television pioneer Shonda Rhimes, inspired by the original series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story , created by Shondaland and streaming on Netflix. FIND OUT MORE!

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Set between 1813 and 1827, the Bridgerton Series is a collection of eight novels, each featuring one of the eight children of the late Viscount Bridgerton: Anthony , Benedict , Colin , Daphne , Eloise , Francesca , Gregory , and Hyacinth . I didn’t originally set out to write an eight-book series; at first it was just going to be a trilogy! But readers really took to the Bridgertons (and to the mysterious Lady Whistledown , whose gossip columns “narrated” the first four books), and I found myself rather enamored with the family, too.

After I was done with the series, however, I received hundreds of questions from readers about the Bridgertons and what happened to them later in their lives. So I decided to give all of the main characters an update in what I call “2nd Epilogues.” These stories, originally available as e-shorts, have now been collected into The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After , along with a bonus novella about Violet, called “Violet in Bloom.”

Ten books after the On the Way To the Wedding , I returned to the Bridgerton family. But instead of writing about the next generation, I went backwards, into the Georgian Era, which I’d found myself rather drawn to. And thus, Because of Miss Bridgerton began the story of The Rokesbys , the family who lived next door…

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BENEDICT'S STORY

Sophie Beckett never dreamed she'd be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball—or that she would be spinning in the arms of her "Prince Charming"—the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton. But when the clock strikes midnight, Sophie’s enchanting evening ends. Since that night Benedict has been able to think of nothing but the bewitching young woman, and he’s sworn to find and wed his mystery miss. Yet will another unexpectedly steal his heart—and his chance for a fairy tale love?

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Quinn brings a fresh approach to this charming retelling of the Cinderella story, enhancing the tale with a strong Regency setting and the warmth of Benedict Bridgerton's large family. Quinn has a reputation for witty dialogue and endearing characters, and she delivers both in this delightful novel. --Lois Faye Dyer

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Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other--except, perhaps, the alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid's garb he meets and feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss from the ball, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers her his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?

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Sophie Beckett never dreamed she'd be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball—or that "Prince Charming" would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.

Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other—except, perhaps, this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid's garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers her his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author JULIA QUINN began writing one month after graduating from college and, aside from a brief stint in medical school, she has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. Her novels have been translated into 43 languages and are beloved the world over. A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. 

Look for BRIDGERTON, based on her popular series of novels about the Bridgerton family, on Netflix.

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand fashion, appearing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code. Ms. Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame, her books have been translated into 29 languages, and she currently lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

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Bridgerton Season 3 Embraces Penelope and Colin’s Love Story

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By Savannah Walsh

‘Bridgerton Season 3 Embraces Penelope and Colins Love Story

With pens poised and hearts aflutter, Bridgerton season three is upon us. This time, it’s— spoiler alert —Lady Whistledown’s walk down the aisle that’s taking center page. Nicola Coughlan’s Penelope Featherington and her longtime crush, Colin Bridgerton ( Luke Newton ), lead the Netflix series’s next installment, which is being touted as the show’s most romantic yet.

“Season one was about passion,” Coughlan told Entertainment Tonight in regards to the Duke of Hastings ( Regé-Jean Page ) and Daphne Bridgerton’s ( Phoebe Dynevor ) heated courtship. “Season two was about longing,” she continued, referencing Lord Anthony Bridgerton ( Jonathan Bailey ) and Kate Sharma’s ( Simone Ashley ) slow burn of a season. That makes season 3 all about “romance,” Coughlan declared. “It’s so romantic.”

In a brief first taste of the season, it is Colin who has finally become flustered by Penelope—years after she first began pining for him. “Your eyes—a most remarkable shade of blue. Yet somehow, they shine even brighter when you are kind,” Penelope tells Colin in the sneak peek, released by Netflix on February 1. “I might say something like that if you were a suitor.” Colin’s only reply? “Well, that was rather direct.”

Ahead, everything we know about one of the year’s most anticipated TV shows —from which original cast members are returning to why poor Benedict Bridgerton’s “happily ever after” is being put on ice.

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Who Is Bridgerton Season 3 About?

Based on Romancing Mister Bridgerton , the fourth book in Julia Quinn’s best-selling series, the season begins deep in the aftermath of a rift between Eloise Bridgerton ( Claudia Jessie ), Colin’s sister, and Penelope, after the revelation that the latter is secretly Lady Whistledown. Given this fallout and Penelope’s discovery that Colin was speaking ill of her behind closed doors, any romance between the pair has cooled.

Penelope “has, however, decided it’s time to take a husband, preferably one who will provide her with enough independence to continue her double life as Lady Whistledown, far away from her mother and sisters,” Netflix’s official synopsis reads. “But lacking in confidence, Penelope’s attempts on the marriage mart fail spectacularly. Meanwhile, Colin has returned from his summer travels with a new look and a serious sense of swagger. But he’s disheartened to realize that Penelope, the one person who always appreciated him as he was, is giving him the cold shoulder. Eager to win back her friendship, Colin offers to mentor Penelope in the ways of confidence to help her find a husband this season.”

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‘Bridgerton Season 3 Embraces Penelope and Colins Love Story

But, in the grand onscreen tradition of only realizing one’s feelings for someone after coaching them to be with someone else (see: Some Kind of Wonderful , Clueless ) Colin “must grapple with whether his feelings for Penelope are truly just friendly.” This emotional transformation is apparently paired with a physical one. As Coughlan told People, Penelope is “ready to go, ready to launch herself out into the marriage market in a new way. She wants a whole new look, and she gets it.”

Speaking of new terrain, the release of prequel series Queen Charlotte will come to bear on this third season, creator Shonda Rhimes said. “There are some story points and story secrets that will definitely be played out in the next season of Bridgerton ,” she teased back in May.

What About Benedict’s Bridgerton Book?

Penelope and Colin’s love story comes at the (temporary) expense of Benedict Bridgerton’s ( Luke Thompson ). The bohemian artist falls in love first in the book series, as portrayed in the third novel, An Offer From a Gentleman. The reason for the switch? It made more sense for the series, which, until now, has devoted much more time to the longing glances between Penelope and Colin than Benedict’s matters of the heart.

Jess Brownell , who will succeed Chris Van Dusen as showrunner for season 3, explained this further to Variety. “I really feel like it’s Colin and Penelope’s time,” she said. “Because we’ve been watching both of these actors on our screens since season one, we’ve already invested in them a little bit. We know who they are as people. I feel like, especially in the last season, there are these moments of tension between them where it’s like, Colin walks up to the line of almost realizing that Penelope has feelings for him, but doesn’t quite get there. Instead of treading water on that dynamic, we wanted to push it into their season. It really felt like the perfect moment to tee it up.”

‘Bridgerton Season 3 Embraces Penelope and Colins Love Story

Which cast members are returning to Bridgerton Season 3?

Most of the Ton is expected to return for the third season, save for Ruby Sokes, who played Francesca Bridgerton. She exited the show after landing the lead in Netflix’s new series Lockwood & Co., and will be replaced by Hannah Dodd.

Returning to the fold are the newly-in-love Kate and Anthony, Ashley told IMDB. “I’m excited to see Kate become viscountess and head of the household. I think she has much to learn from Anthony. They’ll be two little partners. I’d love to see them have a baby, to put it simply. Maybe that will happen, maybe it won’t.”

The same can’t be said for Daphne and the Duke. Dynevor confirmed her exit after a reduced role in the second season. “Potentially, in the future,” she said of a return, “but season three I’m just excited to watch as a viewer.” Her onscreen husband, Page, was already missing from the sophomore installment and debunked rumors he’d back for season 3 earlier this year via Instagram.

Page’s departure seems to be set in stone. Permission to recast has been granted and, as he told Vanity Fair: “I signed up to do a job and I did the job and then I did some other jobs. That’s it. That’s the story. I wish it was more glamorous than that. [After] we finished the story, the temptation would be to roll with the distractions and go, ‘Oh, well, the story went really well so we can kind of change this up and make some other stuff up, I guess.’ That was never what we’d signed up to do.”

When Does Bridgerton Season 3 Come Out?

The third season will be split into two parts—with the first four episodes dropping on May 16 and the final four following on June 13. But fret not, loyal readers, there’s a lot more Bridgerton where that came from. In April 2021, Shondaland TV tweeted a message straight from Lady Whistledown confirming that the show “shall return for seasons three and four.” After all, the original novels follow the love stories of eight Bridgerton children, which would mean theoretical seasons centered around Eloise, Francesca, Hyacinth, and Gregory—but not necessarily in that order.

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Bridgerton is a series of books by Julia Quinn , chronicling the love stories of the eight Bridgerton siblings, named alphabetically from Anthony to Hyacinth .

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Eight siblings, alphabetically named. They bicker, they joke, but they love each other fiercely.

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10 Book Plotlines Bridgerton Fans Want to See in Season 3

Bridgerton is known to deviate from its source material but fans are hoping to see these stellar moments from the book in Bridgerton season 3.

Bridgerton is known to deviate from its source material often and for good measure, but Season 3 will be the first to switch up the order of love stories from the books. Bridgerton Season 3 will delve into the romance between Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton, originally the fourth installment, titled Romancing Mister Bridgerton in Julia Quinn's book series.

Fans of the books already have an idea of what the dynamic will be between Colin and Penelope, or Polin as they are fondly known, but Bridgerton will most likely add its own spin to their story. Still, there are some stellar moments from Romancing Mister Bridgerton that book readers hope will make it to the show, especially now that there is an official release date.

Updated on February 16th, 2024 by Fawzia Khan: Shondaland and Netflix released scintillating footage from Bridgerton Season 3 this Valentine's Day, showcasing Polin deep in their feelings. With new episodes of Bridgerton to be released on May 16th, 2024, fans are excited to see which parts of Romancing Mister Bridgerton will make it to the show. This list has been updated with new formatting, trivia, and new images for a better reading experience.

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10 penelope finally coming into her own will be empowering.

Penelope wearing a yellow dress and sitting in her family drawing room in Bridgerton.

For years, Penelope was sidelined and mocked for her outfits and appearance. Still, in Romancing Mister Bridgerton, she finally shed her inhibitions and started showing up as her true, authentic self. This was mainly because Penelope had accepted her role in society as a spinster, which gave her the freedom to show her wit and intelligence to the world instead of trying to impress men.

The book depicted her newfound confidence very well, which is something that fans want to witness in Bridgerton Season 3 . She even started picking her own wardrobe instead of following her mother's terrible fashion tastes in the novel, which would translate beautifully on screen. There's already a brief showcase of what it'd look like in Season 1 when she goes to a ball without her mother present, so fans are quite excited to see her in Bridgerton colors.

9 The Carriage Scene Spiced Up Polin's Story

"The Carriage Scene," as it is popularly referred to by readers, was pivotal in Colin and Penelope's relationship. In the novel, Colin spotted Penelope heading into a rough part of town by herself, and he followed her to an empty church. There, he found out that she was Lady Whistledown, which led to some heightened emotions between the two.

This led to Penelope and Colin getting intimate and Colin finally acknowledging his changed feelings for his best friend. Bridgerton is one of Netflix's steamiest shows , and this scene would be a worthy addition to the next season. Plus, given how much longing is quietly present between them, the scene would be even better as it is in the books because viewers know versions of them closer than where they are in the books.

8 Colin Telling Lady Featherington Off Would Be Deeply Satisfying

 Lady Featherington at Park With Her 3 Daughters in Bridgerton.

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Right after Colin and Penelope's intimacy in the carriage, Colin immediately proposed to her as that's what was proper in Regency England. Inside her home, Lady Featherington was convinced that Colin had come to propose to Penelope's sister Felicity. While Felicity doesn't exist in the show, this interaction between Colin and Penelope's mother was a crucial one where Colin stood up for Penelope for once.

Lady Featherington can be very condescending to Penelope, and fans would love to see her put in her place and finally recognize how talented and special her daughter is. This part of the book also fully transitioned Polin from friends to lovers . While Felicity doesn't exist, the scene could maybe happen with Prudence, or better yet, any version where Colin stands up for Penelope would be great to see. Penelope had been torn down so often by her mother, that seeing her be defended, especially by her future husband, would be very satisfying.

7 Colin's Writing Talent Matches Perfectly WIth Penelope's Skills

Colin's character development is one of the most significant aspects of Bridgerton , especially since the third Bridgerton brother always felt a bit purposeless in the grand scheme of things. His elder brothers and sister had their duties, whereas he felt directionless. This is where Penelope stepped in.

She found Colin's travel journals in Romancing Mister Bridgerton , which she read and then encouraged Colin to publish. Colin needs to be fleshed out a lot as a solo character, especially if he is to lead the show. Allowing viewers to see that there's more on his mind will add legitimacy to his character, especially since his treatment of Penelope thus far has upset many fans.

6 The Family Tea With Penelope Is Endearing

Penelope and Eloise talk in Bridgerton Season 2.

There are plenty of toxic friendships on television , but Eloise and Penelope's bond was one of the purest on Bridgerton . In the show, Eloise has already learned that Penelope is Lady Whistledown, which leads to a rift forming between them. However, it would be heartwarming to see the Bridgerton family tea that Penelope was a part of for years, in the novels.

She was extremely close to Violet and her children, taking tea with the family regularly. It proved how close Eloise and Penelope really were to each other, and her bonding with other Bridgerton girls was endearing, too. While viewers have seen glimpses of Penelope's inclusion in the series, the specific family tea could cement the idea that she's always been like family to them.

5 Cressida's Downfall Is a Long Time Coming

Cressida Cowper dancing with Colin in Bridgerton.

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In the books, Cressida was married and widowed, but her character was vain and mean regardless. Cressida went head-to-head with Penelope in the fourth Bridgerton novel, being generally malicious to her and then blackmailing her after learning that Penelope was Lady Whistledown. She was a main antagonist in the book.

This rivalry was hinted at very subtly in Bridgerton Season 2 when Cressida danced with Colin as Penelope looked on jealously. Watching Penelope stand up to Cressida would be enjoyable, and since Cressida is a formidable enemy, she could finally take on the role of the antagonist fully in the third season. This could also lead to a version of Colin standing up for Penelope if the scene with her siblings isn't included.

4 Eloise And Colin's Sibling Dynamics Are Seriously Sweet

Eloise talking to her siblings, Colin and Benedict, in Bridgerton Season 2.

For two seasons, Bridgerton has shown the bond between Eloise and her brother Benedict extensively, but she also had a great relationship with Colin. In the book, Colin was convinced that Eloise was Lady Whistledown, and there was plenty of banter between them. In the show, their dynamic could be tested once she learns about his feelings for Penelope.

It makes sense that Colin and Eloise were close in the books because they were also closer in age to each other. While her bond with Benedict makes sense for the series' versions of the characters, elaborating on the closeness with Colin could also honor her desires to live as freely as he does. The Bridgerton family relationships are heartwarming, and fans would surely adore a few moments between Eloise and Colin, too. Penelope would also need her best friend to support her union with Colin if she's to get by in Season 3.

3 Lady Danbury And Penelope's Friendship Is Special

Lady Danbury looking mortified in Bridgerton Season 2, Episode 7 after a Whistledown letter

A friendship that nobody saw coming but made perfect sense was the one between Lady Danbury and Penelope in Romancing Mister Bridgerton. Lady Danbury was the only one who actually recognized Penelope's sharp mind and engaging personality, thus being drawn to her automatically.

Lady Danbury's advice even gave Penelope the gumption to be fearless and reach for her dreams. Adjoa Andoh's Lady Danbury is as perceptive as her novel counterpart, and she often provides a lot of support to the female characters of Bridgerton . This friendship would fit right in Season 3, giving both characters an opportunity to share their similarities.

2 The Bridgerton Family Uniting To Protect Penelope Is Highly Anticipated

The Sharmas and Bridgertons dance with Lady Danbury in Season 2 of Bridgerton.

10 Incredibly Romantic Bridgerton Quotes

After the romance, family forms the heart of Bridgerton . The Bridgertons always put up a united front, even when members of their family mess up. This exact sentiment was present in the book when Colin united Anthony, Kate, Violet, Daphne, Simon, Eloise, and even Hyacinth to support Penelope when he rescued her from Cressida's blackmail. This meant that Colin revealed Penelope's secret identity to the family, and they were completely on board.

Bridgerton family moments are just precious, and even though Daphne and Simon will not be present in Season 3, there are more than enough Bridgertons to participate in this scene and make it memorable. It'd continue to showcase how she's always been a part of them while simultaneously reiterating why they're the most revered family of the ton.

1 Lady Whistledown's Signature Snark Must Be Present

Penelope Featherington writing her Whistledown column in Bridgerton in front of a candelabra .

Whether Lady Whistledown's identity is revealed in Bridgerton Season 3 or not, the show could most definitely include more of her sardonic prose, as it adds so much character to the period drama. Lady Whistledown was especially funny in Romancing Mister Bridgerton, as she went to war with Cressida through her newsletter. While viewers have seen bouts of her cruelty throughout Season 2, this would be the perfect time to see some of her witty humor.

Fans are hoping to see and hear more of Penelope's choicest jibes and phrases, which might be the case as she had aggressively returned to the quill when she had heard Colin insult her in the Season 2 finale. The range and nuance in the anonymous gossip columnist is precisely why she was special in the book series, and allowing more of that to come to the surface during her season would flesh out Penelope as a character too.

Bridgerton Season 3 is set to air on May 16, 2024, on Netflix. Both previous Bridgerton seasons, along with the series spinoff, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, are available to stream on Netflix now.

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Bridgerton season 3: release date, new clips, plot, cast and all we know

Bridgerton season 3 will follow the budding romance between Penelope and Colin. Warning — Bridgerton season 1 and 2 spoilers below.

Bridgerton season 3

We finally have a release date for Bridgerton season 3 and we can't wait to return to a world of sweeping ballgowns and scurrilous court gossip! 

The latest instalment, which focuses on the romance between Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) - or 'Polin' as fans have dubbed them - will be sashaying its way on to Netflix on May 16.

The couple's relationship has been building for a couple of seasons now, with a host of images and a juicy clips (see below) from the new series suggesting it will finally begin to flourish this time out. But if it's safe to assume it won't be all plain sailing! 

Penelope overheard Colin saying he would never court her at the end of the last season, leading to a tense moment at the start of this year's third series!

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Bridgerton season 2 was a big hit on Netflix when it launched in 2022 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, with her best friend Eloise Bridgerton finally learning the truth about her literary alter-ego. 

Amazingly, Bridgerton season 2 actually proved even more popular than the first and the third season will be hoping to even top that!

But who'll be the talk of the ton in season three and which new cast members will be joining the show? Here's everything we know so far...

Bridgerton season 3 release date

Netflix have confirmed that Bridgerton season 3 will be released in two parts, each made up of four episodes. 

Part 1 will launch on Thursday May 16, 2024.

Part 2 will launch on Thursday June 13, 2024.

The release date was announced alongside a stylish video – featuring a voiceover by Lady Whistledown herself – that captures and highlights the passionate anticipation from fans for any information on the new season. 

The video weaves together fan tweets, comments from various social media platforms, and TikTok videos, revealing the series’ return dates. Check it out below! 

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 on the third book, An Offer From a Gentleman , which focuses on Benedict's love story. 

Yet in May 2022, we learned the third season would deviate from the regular book order when Nicola Coughlan — who plays Penelope Featherington — revealed on Instagram that Bridgerton season 3 would be focusing on Penelope and Colin Bridgerton's love story instead.

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This wasn't a huge surprise as the Penelope and Colin story was building throughout series two, yet Penelope was left heartbroken when she overheard Colin saying he didn't see romance on the horizon for the pair at the end of that season. 

A new clip (seen at the top of this article) shows Penelope confronting him over those remarks and when he tries to win her affections in this year's series, he soon finds he has a rival in Lord Debling (played by Sam Phillips). 

Here's an official synopsis of Bridgerton season 3, which is based on the fourth book in Julia Quinn's series Romancing Mister Bridgerton ...

"From Shondaland and new showrunner, Jess Brownell, Bridgerton is back for its third season and finds Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) has finally given up on her long-held crush on Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) after hearing his disparaging words about her last season. 

"She has, however, decided it’s time to take a husband, preferably one who will provide her with enough independence to continue her double life as Lady Whistledown, far away from her mother and sisters. But lacking in confidence, Penelope’s attempts on the marriage mart fail spectacularly. 

"Meanwhile, Colin has returned from his summer travels with a new look and a serious sense of swagger. But he’s disheartened to realize that Penelope, the one person who always appreciated him as he was, is giving him the cold shoulder. Eager to win back her friendship, Colin offers to mentor Penelope in the ways of confidence to help her find a husband this season. 

"But when his lessons start working a little too well, Colin must grapple with whether his feelings for Penelope are truly just friendly. Complicating matters for Penelope is her rift with Eloise (Claudia Jessie), who has found a new friend in a very unlikely place, while Penelope’s growing presence in the ton makes it all the more difficult to keep her Lady Whistledown alter ego a secret."

But Benedict fans need not worry, as Chris Van Dusen has confirmed we'll be hearing more about him in future seasons... 

"I love Benedict's story," he 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."

Bridgerton season 3 cast

Most of our favourites from previous seasons will be back, including...

  • Adjoa Andoh as Lady Agatha Danbury
  • Lorraine Ashbourne as Mrs. Varley, the Featheringtons' housekeeper
  • Jonathan Bailey as Anthony, 9th Viscount Bridgerton
  • Harriet Cains as Philippa Finch (née Featherington)
  • Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington. 
  • Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington
  • Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Basset (née Bridgerton)
  • Ruth Gemmell as Violet, Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton
  • Florence Hunt as Hyacinth Bridgerton
  • Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton
  • Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton
  • Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte, Queen of the United Kingdom
  • Hannah Dodd (season 3) as Francesca Bridgerton
  • Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton
  • Will Tilston as Gregory Bridgerton
  • Polly Walker as Portia, Dowager Baroness Featherington
  • Simone Ashley as Kathani "Kate", Viscountess Bridgerton (née Sharma)

Martins Imhangbe will also be joining the cast as Will Mondrich alongside Emma Naomi, who plays Alice Mondrich (see below).

Rege-Jean 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!

Luckily this won't be the case and 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  Deadline , stating: "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.

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."

She also confirmed the news to The Indian Express as she said: “No, I’m not on set for season 3. I’m doing another film. It hasn’t been announced yet. It’s really exciting!”

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. 

However, Phoebe Dynevor revealed that she wasn't sure if she would be appearing as her beloved character Daphne Bridgerton in the third series as she told Variety : "I’ve done what I wanted to do with that character and she had a great arc. If they ask me back in the future, who knows?"

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Bridgerton season 3 new cast members

There will be a few new faces appearing on the ton in Bridgerton season 3 and in July, Netflix confirmed who will be playing these new characters... 

Daniel Francis plays Marcus Anderson, a charismatic presence who lights up any room he enters, attracting the notice of certain matriarchs in the ton — and the ire of others.

Daniel has starred alongside James Nesbitt and Richard Armitage in Netflix thriller Stay Close , Amazon Prime fantasy epic The Wheel of Time and the hit BBC black history anthology series Small Axe .

Another new face is Sam Phillips, who will be playing Lord Debling, a genial lord with unusual interests. But with wealth and a noble title to back up his eccentricities, he'll have no shortage of interest from young ladies this season, with Penelope Featherington very much in his sights.

Sam Phillips has appeared in a host of British dramas, including Father Brown and Grantchester , yet is most famous for his role in Kay Mellor's lottery series The Syndicate . He also played an equerry in Netflix's royal saga The Crown . 

James Phoon plays Harry Dankworth. What Dankworth lacks in wit and intelligence, he more than makes up for with serious good looks.

A skilled theatre actor, James Phoon is a screen newcomer, although he is due to appear in BBC Three comedy horror series Wreck in the coming months. He also appeared in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on the West End. 

And according to Deadline , Hannah New, the star of Starz’ series  Black Sails, will play Lady Tilley Arnold, a firebrand widow. Widowed at an early age, she enjoys the privileges and power that come with being at the helm of her former husband’s estate, living life on her own terms with financial independence and sexual freedom.

Bridgerton season 3 episode titles

The titles of the eight episodes were revealed in February 2024 and as are follows... 

  • Out of the Shadows
  • How Bright the Moon
  • Forces of Nature
  • Old Friends
  • Romancing Mr Bridgerton
  • Joining of Hands
  • Into the Light

Bridgerton season 3 filming locations

Filming has been taking place in London and also Bath. The show is also tweeting out behind the scenes snaps from filming, including this one of Lady Danbury...

Simply put, Lady Danbury is an example of perfection if I have ever seen one. pic.twitter.com/XQO22EQHHT July 26, 2022

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

There's no trailer yet, but in July Netflix released a teaser video showing the cast having a bit of fun on set. Check it out! 

At Tudum 2022, we didn't get to see any new footage. However, during a Bridgerton featurette featuring Luke Newton and Claudia Jessies, Nicola Coughlan popped up to tease us with an extract from the beginning of the first episode of season 3!

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We know that the upcoming third season of Netflix ‘s Bridgerton will focus on the love story between Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) which has prompted questions about why Benedict (focus of the third book in the series) was skipped.

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Meanwhile, Colin is back from his summer travels with a new look and major swagger. He is disheartened to learn that Penelope, the one person who always appreciated him as he was, is giving him the cold shoulder. Eager to win back her friendship, Colin helps Penelope boost her confidence so as to attract the perfect husband. But when his lessons start working a little too well, Colin is faced with figuring out what his true feelings for his friend really are.

In an interview with EW , new Bridgerton Season 3 showrunner Jess Brownell said the past two seasons have been spent “really getting to know Pen and Colin. We’ve been watching Pen’s crush and seeing how oblivious Colin is to it. That’s a dynamic that you can only play out for so long before something has to change. This really felt like the right time to lean into what’s been set up with them. On the Benedict side, he’s such a fun character and such a fan favorite that we are really excited to play with him for a little bit more and let him have more fun before he settles down.”

Brownell is taking over showrunning duties following series creator Chris Van Dusen’s exit last season. Van Dusen will remain an executive producer this season alongside  Shonda Rhimes , Betsy Beers, and Tom Verica.

Bridgerton Season 3 will be released in two parts. The first four episodes will premiere on May 16, 2024, and the next four will be available to stream on June 13.

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Posted: February 14, 2024 | Last updated: February 14, 2024

<p>One thing we can look forward to this year is new episodes of the Shondaland-produced <em>Bridgerton</em>, which promises to deliver yet another titillating romance. With Season 3 on the horizon, TVLine is here to make sure you’re all caught up before those episodes drop.</p>    <p>Adapted from Julia Quinn’s <em>New York Times</em> bestselling book series, the show follows the close-knit siblings of the formidable Bridgerton family as they navigate London high society and pursue love during the Regency Era.  But that is all complicated by Lady Whistledown, the mysterious gossip columnist — voiced by Julie Andrews and revealed to the audience in Season 1 to be Penelope, played by Nicola Coughlan — whose growing influence over the Ton has put her at odds with Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel).</p>    <p>Season 1 focused on eldest daughter Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) as she fell for Simon (Regé-Jean Page), the Duke of Hastings and one of the town’s most eligible bachelors. Season 2, meanwhile, found eldest son Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) constantly at odds with Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), with their passionate quarreling spurring a fiery romance and eventual marriage.</p>    <p>Writer Jess Brownell has been promoted to showrunner this season, taking over for series creator Chris Van Dusen (who remains an executive producer alongside Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Tom Verica).</p>                             <p><a href="https://tvline.com/lists/bridgerton-season-3-release-date-cast-spoilers/">View the full Article</a></p>

Bridgerton Season 3: Everything We Know — Episode Titles, Casting News, Release Date and More

One thing we can look forward to this year is new episodes of the Shondaland-produced Bridgerton , which promises to deliver yet another titillating romance. With Season 3 on the horizon, TVLine is here to make sure you’re all caught up before those episodes drop.

Adapted from Julia Quinn’s New York Times bestselling book series, the show follows the close-knit siblings of the formidable Bridgerton family as they navigate London high society and pursue love during the Regency Era.  But that is all complicated by Lady Whistledown, the mysterious gossip columnist — voiced by Julie Andrews and revealed to the audience in Season 1 to be Penelope, played by Nicola Coughlan — whose growing influence over the Ton has put her at odds with Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel).

Season 1 focused on eldest daughter Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) as she fell for Simon (Regé-Jean Page), the Duke of Hastings and one of the town’s most eligible bachelors. Season 2, meanwhile, found eldest son Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) constantly at odds with Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), with their passionate quarreling spurring a fiery romance and eventual marriage.

Writer Jess Brownell has been promoted to showrunner this season, taking over for series creator Chris Van Dusen (who remains an executive producer alongside Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Tom Verica).

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<p>The emotional stakes were high in the Season 2 finale as a frantic Anthony rescued Kate, who’d fallen off her horse and hit her head during a rainstorm. Anthony blamed himself for the accident and avoided seeing her in the week she’d been unconscious at Lady Danbury’s home. When Kate eventually woke, she was disappointed to learn that Anthony hadn’t visited her. </p>    <p>It wasn’t until the Featherington Ball that the pair finally broke past their equal stubbornness. Anthony invited Kate to dance to a classical rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” and other couples who were scandalized by the pairing began evacuating the floor. Queen Charlotte then commented that Anthony and Kate looked beautiful together and forced others to agree, influencing partygoers to return to the dance.</p>    <p>In private, Anthony mustered up the courage to tell Kate that he loved her, also noting that she didn’t have to accept, embrace or allow it. To his relief, though, she said it back to him. A flashforward to the couple in bed saw Anthony refer to Kate as “viscountess,” confirming that they did, indeed, wed.</p>    <p>The season ended with the Bridgerton family enjoying an afternoon game of pall-mall, and “Kanthony” looking the happiest they’ve ever been.</p> <p><a href="https://tvline.com/lists/bridgerton-season-3-release-date-cast-spoilers/">View the full Article</a></p>

Where Did Bridgerton Season 2 Leave Off?

The emotional stakes were high in the Season 2 finale as a frantic Anthony rescued Kate, who’d fallen off her horse and hit her head during a rainstorm. Anthony blamed himself for the accident and avoided seeing her in the week she’d been unconscious at Lady Danbury’s home. When Kate eventually woke, she was disappointed to learn that Anthony hadn’t visited her. 

It wasn’t until the Featherington Ball that the pair finally broke past their equal stubbornness. Anthony invited Kate to dance to a classical rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” and other couples who were scandalized by the pairing began evacuating the floor. Queen Charlotte then commented that Anthony and Kate looked beautiful together and forced others to agree, influencing partygoers to return to the dance.

In private, Anthony mustered up the courage to tell Kate that he loved her, also noting that she didn’t have to accept, embrace or allow it. To his relief, though, she said it back to him. A flashforward to the couple in bed saw Anthony refer to Kate as “viscountess,” confirming that they did, indeed, wed.

The season ended with the Bridgerton family enjoying an afternoon game of pall-mall, and “Kanthony” looking the happiest they’ve ever been.

<p>After Penelope (Coughlan) overheard Colin (Luke Newton) insult her last season, the forthcoming episodes will see her move on from that longstanding crush, having decided “it’s time to take a husband, preferably one who will provide her with enough independence to continue her double life as Lady Whistledown, far away from her mother and sisters,” per the official synopsis. But lacking in confidence, Penelope’s attempts to secure a marriage proposal “fail spectacularly.”</p>    <p>Meanwhile Colin, who returned from his summer travels with newfound swagger, will be “disheartened to realize that Penelope, the one person who always appreciated him as he was, is giving him the cold shoulder.” Eager to win back her friendship, he offers to help her find a husband and must grapple with whether his feelings for her are “truly just friendly.”</p>    <p>Plus, Penelope’s estranged friend Eloise (Claudia Jessie) “has found a new friend in a very unlikely place,” while “Penelope’s growing presence in the Ton makes it all the more difficult to keep her Lady Whistledown alter ego a secret.”</p> <p><a href="https://tvline.com/lists/bridgerton-season-3-release-date-cast-spoilers/">View the full Article</a></p>

What Is the Storyline for Bridgerton Season 3?

After Penelope (Coughlan) overheard Colin (Luke Newton) insult her last season, the forthcoming episodes will see her move on from that longstanding crush, having decided “it’s time to take a husband, preferably one who will provide her with enough independence to continue her double life as Lady Whistledown, far away from her mother and sisters,” per the official synopsis. But lacking in confidence, Penelope’s attempts to secure a marriage proposal “fail spectacularly.”

Meanwhile Colin, who returned from his summer travels with newfound swagger, will be “disheartened to realize that Penelope, the one person who always appreciated him as he was, is giving him the cold shoulder.” Eager to win back her friendship, he offers to help her find a husband and must grapple with whether his feelings for her are “truly just friendly.”

Plus, Penelope’s estranged friend Eloise (Claudia Jessie) “has found a new friend in a very unlikely place,” while “Penelope’s growing presence in the Ton makes it all the more difficult to keep her Lady Whistledown alter ego a secret.”

<p>Hannah Dodd will step in as Francesca in Season 3, replacing original cast member Ruby Stokes. (Stokes starred in Seasons 1 and 2 as Lady Violet’s six-oldest child before leaving the show to star in fellow Netflix production <em>Lockwood & Co</em>.)</p>    <p>Dodd began her <em>Bridgerton</em> book series read with Francesca’s story “because I didn’t know what I’d got myself in for, but I needed to read that as soon as possible," the actress <a href="https://tvline.com/casting-news/bridgerton-season-3-hannah-dodd-francesca-interview-1234856703/" rel="">previously revealed</a> to TVLine. "It’s such a beautiful book and she’s such a beautiful character. I can’t really believe that I get to play her.”</p>    <p>“I know how people feel about her as well, so I’m going to do my best,” she added.</p> <p><a href="https://tvline.com/lists/bridgerton-season-3-release-date-cast-spoilers-photos-netflix/">View the full Article</a></p>

How Many Episodes Is Bridgerton Season 3?

Season 3 will consist of eight episodes divided into two, four-episode installments to be released a month apart. This differs from Seasons 1 and 2, which also comprised of eight episodes but were dropped all at once.

<p>Season 3 of Bridgerton will tackle the fourth book, <em>Romancing Mister Bridgerton</em>, in Julia Quinn's widely read book series. The official Season 3 episode titles, which you can check out below, offer several nodes to the installment focused on Penelope and Colin:</p>    <p>Episode 1 — “Out of the Shadows”</p>    <p>Episode 2 — “How Bright the Moon”</p>    <p>Episode 3 — “Forces of Nature”</p>    <p>Episode 4 — “Old Friends”</p>    <p>Episode 5 — “Tick Tack”</p>    <p>Episode 6 — “Romancing Mister Bridgerton”</p>    <p>Episode 7 — “Joining of Hands”</p>    <p>Episode 8 — “Into the Light”</p> <p><a href="https://tvline.com/lists/bridgerton-season-3-release-date-cast-spoilers/">View the full Article</a></p>

What Are the Episode Titles for Season 3?

Season 3 of Bridgerton will tackle the fourth book, Romancing Mister Bridgerton , in Julia Quinn's widely read book series. The official Season 3 episode titles, which you can check out below, offer several nodes to the installment focused on Penelope and Colin:

Episode 1 — “Out of the Shadows”

Episode 2 — “How Bright the Moon”

Episode 3 — “Forces of Nature”

Episode 4 — “Old Friends”

Episode 5 — “Tick Tack”

Episode 6 — “Romancing Mister Bridgerton”

Episode 7 — “Joining of Hands”

Episode 8 — “Into the Light”

<p>Original cast member Phoebe Dynevor — who portrayed Daphne Bridgerton during Seasons 1 and 2 — will not be back for Season 3.</p>    <p>“Sadly [I’m] not in Season 3,” the actress <a href="https://tvline.com/casting-news/bridgerton-phoebe-dynevor-leaving-season-3-daphne-1234926888/">confirmed in January 2023</a>, adding that she could “potentially” return in future seasons. She also noted that she was “just excited to watch [Season 3] as a viewer.”</p>    <p>Additionally, Ruby Stokes will not be reprising her role as Francesca, Lady Violet’s sixth-oldest child. Hannah Dodd (<em>Flowers in the Attic: The Origin</em>, <em>Anatomy of a Scandal</em>) will take over the character in Season 3.</p>    <p>Dodd <a href="https://tvline.com/casting-news/bridgerton-season-3-hannah-dodd-francesca-interview-1234856703/">previously told</a> TVLine, “I know how people feel about [Francesca] as well, so I’m going to do my best.”</p> <p><a href="https://tvline.com/lists/bridgerton-season-3-release-date-cast-spoilers/">View the full Article</a></p>

Who Is Not Returning for Bridgerton Season 3?

Original cast member Phoebe Dynevor — who portrayed Daphne Bridgerton during Seasons 1 and 2 — will not be back for Season 3.

“Sadly [I’m] not in Season 3,” the actress confirmed in January 2023 , adding that she could “potentially” return in future seasons. She also noted that she was “just excited to watch [Season 3] as a viewer.”

Additionally, Ruby Stokes will not be reprising her role as Francesca, Lady Violet’s sixth-oldest child. Hannah Dodd ( Flowers in the Attic: The Origin , Anatomy of a Scandal ) will take over the character in Season 3.

Dodd previously told TVLine, “I know how people feel about [Francesca] as well, so I’m going to do my best.”

<p><em>Bridgerton</em> will have an even fuller house this season. </p>    <p>New casting additions include Daniel Francis (<em>Once Upon a Time</em>) as Marcus Anderson, who, while charming, earns the ire of some members of the Ton; Sam Phillips (<em>The Crown</em>) as Lord Debling, a genial lord with unusual interests; and James Phoon as Harry Dankworth, who isn’t particularly smart but possesses seriously good looks.</p> <p><a href="https://tvline.com/lists/bridgerton-season-3-release-date-cast-spoilers-photos-netflix/">View the full Article</a></p>

Who Are the New Characters in Season 3?

New casting additions this season include Daniel Francis ( Once Upon a Time ) as Marcus Anderson, who, while charming, earns the ire of some members of the Ton; Sam Phillips ( The Crown ) as Lord Debling, a genial lord with unusual interests; and James Phoon as Harry Dankworth, who isn’t particularly smart but possesses seriously good looks.

<p>In Season 3, Colin has returned from his summer travels with newfound swagger and will b “disheartened to realize that Penelope, the one person who always appreciated him as he was, is giving him the cold shoulder.” Eager to win back her friendship, he offers to help her find a husband and must grapple with whether his feelings for her are “truly just friendly.”</p> <p><a href="https://tvline.com/lists/bridgerton-season-3-release-date-cast-spoilers-photos-netflix/">View the full Article</a></p>

What Is the Release Date for Bridgerton Season 3?

After a two-year wait — Season 2 was released in March 2022 — Season 3, Part 1 will premiere on Thursday, May 16; followed by Part 2 on Thursday, June 13.

<p>Anthony and Kate will be back, albeit not as combative as they were in Season 2. </p>    <p>"I just think it is going to be hotter than ever. I think you're going to see a much more softer side coming this season,” Simone Ashley <a rel="" href="https://www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/a44093779/simone-ashley-the-little-mermaid-kate-bridgerton-season-3-interview/">previously teased</a> to Elle. "[Kate is] going to be quite content with her husband."</p> <p><a href="https://tvline.com/lists/bridgerton-season-3-release-date-cast-spoilers-photos-netflix/">View the full Article</a></p>

Will Kate and Anthony Be Back?

Anthony and Kate will return for Season 3, and they’ll have settled into their own as a happily married couple.

“I just think it is going to be hotter than ever. I think you’re going to see a much more softer side coming this season,” Simone Ashley  previously teased  to Elle . “[Kate is] going to be quite content with her husband.”

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Netflix also revealed the titles for all 8 episodes of the season.

The Big Picture

  • Netflix releases new images and episode titles for Bridgerton Season 3, premiering in May and June.
  • The new season will focus on Penelope Fetherington and Colin Bridgerton's romance, as teased by the episode titles.
  • The images show Penelope in new dresses, with a new suitor, and bandaging Colin's hand, referencing a scene from the book.

Sorry Polin fans, it's not the carriage scene — we'll have to wait until this spring to see if we get that — but it's still quite the treat! In honor of Valentine's Day, as as part of a special event featuring some of the cast, Netflix has released new images from Bridgerton Season 3, premiering in two parts this May and June , as well as the episode titles for the upcoming season centering around Penelope Fetherington ( Nicola Coughlan ) and Colin Bridgerton ( Luke Newton ).

While most of the new images feature the large ensemble cast of the Regency-era romance series , there are a few key moments that tease Penelope's arc over the course of the season. We see her giving up her signature (to her dismay) yellow dresses in favor of more flattering greens and blues, and in the company of a handsome new suitor ( Sam Phillips ). But perhaps most importantly is the look at Penelope bandaging Colin's hand, which is a scene ripped directly from Romancing Mr. Bridgerton , the Julia Quinn novel on which the latest season is based.

Joining Coughlan and Newton in the new season are Phillips, Daniel Francis , and James Phoon as Penelope's new suitors, as she sets out to conquer the marriage mart. Returning for the third season are Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton, Simone Ashley as Kate Bridgerton , Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton, Claudia Jesse as Eloise Bridgerton , Ruth Gemmell as Violet Bridgerton, Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury, and Polly Walker as Lady Featherington. Hannah Dodd also joins the cast as Francesca Bridgerton, taking over the role from Ruby Stokes.

'Bridgerton' Season 3 Episode Titles Also Tease an Exciting Arc for Polin

In typical episode title fashion, the actual names of Bridgerton don't reveal much about the episodes themselves, though they do offer tantalizing hints at what to expect . The titles for Episodes 1 and 8 respectively, "Out of the Shadows" and "Into the Light," could be a reference to Penelope taking charge of her own place in society, but they could also be nods to her not-quite-so-secret-identity as Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews ). The titles of Episodes 2 through 7, "How Bright the Moon," "Forces of Nature," "Old Friends," "Tick Tock," Romancing Mr. Bridgerton," and "Joining of Hands" seem to lean more heavily into Penelope and Colin's romance , the last two in particular.

Bridgerton Season 3 Part 1 premieres on May 16, followed by Part 2 on June 13. The first two seasons are streaming now on Netflix. Watch the new footage, and check out the full list of episode titles below:

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The eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family look for love and happiness in London high society.

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Light has been shed on Penelope’s suitor Lord Debling, played by Sam Phillips

“Bridgerton” Season 3 will dive right back into the tension between Colin (Luke Newton) and Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) as Penelope takes on her third time in the marriage mart.

Netflix released a teaser clip that cuts right to the chase as Penelope minces no words for her close friend and crush in a scene straight from the beginning of Julia Quinn’s “Romancing Mister Bridgerton.” She overheard him last season saying he would never, ever court Penelope Featherington, and she does not hold back when he asks if something is wrong.

A virtual ‘Ton” Hall took place Wednesday in which Netflix further unveiled what fans can expect in Season 3, set to launch in two parts later this year . A panel accessible to fans included executive producer Shonda Rhimes, Season 3 showrunner Jess Brownell, author of the original “Bridgerton” novels, Julia Quinn, and cast members: Nicola Coughlan, Luke Newton, Golda Rosheuvel, Adjoa Andoh, Claudia Jessie, Luke Thompson, and Martins Imhangbe.

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Brownell revealed the eight episode titles of the upcoming season:

  • “Out of the Shadows”
  • “How Bright the Moon”
  • “Forces of Nature”
  • “Old Friends”
  • “Tick Tock”
  • “Romancing Mister Bridgerton”
  • “Joining of Hands”
  • “Into the Light”

The third season of Shonda Rhimes’ adaptation of Julia Quinn’s beloved book series will also include the swoon-worthy, fan-favorite moment from Julia Quinn’s book in which Penelope Featherington wraps Colin Bridgerton’s hand after he cuts it.

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“What I’m most excited about for the fans is that, usually, we’re meeting a new person who’s falling in love with one of our regulars,” Rhimes, who mentioned that the work on Season 4 has already begun, said. “This time we know that people who are falling in love we are already rooting for them because we already know them.”

Brownell described Colin and Penelope as “underdogs in many ways” who make an unrequited crush and the characteristics of being a wallflower (Penelope) or not having quite yet found oneself (Colin) more relatable this season.

“One way to talk about the theme of the season is ‘find your light’ and your light might be an overhead light, your light might be a giant spotlight, your light might be a weird little neon, pen light,” Brownell said at the end of the event. “Whatever your light is, find it because it wants to find you.”

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The cast members joined in to discuss their arcs throughout the season.

Luke Thompson, who plays the second oldest Bridgerton brother Benedict, danced around the specifics of a “confrontation” he teased for his character.

“He’s a bit of a free spirit. He’s passionate and impulsive, and he’s sort of still working himself out so that’s always been his trajectory,” Thompson said. “All I can say maybe is it comes to a head. It’s a confronting thing.”

Adjoa Andoh and Golda Rosheuvel, who cross over between “Bridgerton” and “Queen Charlotte,” revealed that Netflix will be celebrating love by hosting a Bridgerton-themed wedding for select fans.

Netflix revealed a one-minute clip from the upcoming season, giving attendees a first look at footage from the season and a whisper of what’s to come. 

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The panel showed new character photos for the main stars of Season 3 as well, including Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie), Benedict Bridgerton (Luke Thompson), Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel), Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh), Cressida Cowper (Jessica Madsen), Will Mondrich (Martins Imhangbe), Alice Mondrich (Emma Naomi) and the Featherington sisters Prudence Featherington (Bessie Carter) and Philipa Featherington (Harriet Cains). Actor Sam Phillips made his photographic debut to tease his role as the suitor who competes for Penelope’s hand this time around. 

Watch the clip, and see more new images, below:

Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Lord Debling (Sam Phillips) in "Bridgerton" Season 3 (Netflix)

Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Lord Debling (Sam Phillips)

Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) enters the marriage market before her family (Left brother Colin. played by Luke Newton and right mother played by Ruth Gemmel) in Netflix's "Bridgerton" Season 3

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The Mondrich Family: Will Mondrich (Martins Imhangbe) and Alice Mondrich (Emma Naomi) and their children in "Bridgerton" Season 3 on Netflix

The Mondrich Family: Will Mondrich (Martins Imhangbe) and Alice Mondrich (Emma Naomi) and their children

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Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmel) and Francesca Bridgerton (Hannah Dodd)

Brothers Benedict Bridgerton, played by Luke Thompson, and Colin Bridgerton, played by Luke Newton, in Season 3 of Netflix's "Bridgerton"

Benedict Bridgerton (Luke Thompson) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton)

From left to right: The Featherington sisters Prudence (Bessie Carter), Philipa (Harriet Cains), their dates, and Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) in "Bridgerton" Season 3 (Netflix)

The Featherington sisters: Prudence (Bessie Carter), Philipa (Harriet Cains), their dates, and Penelope (Nicola Coughlan)

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From left to right: Brimsley (Hugh Sachs), Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) and Lady Danbury (Adjoah Andoh) in Netflix’s “Bridgerton” Season 3

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Bridgerton season 3 images show first look at one of penelope's suitors & vital book scene recreation.

A new image has been released from Bridgerton season 3, showing a new look at one of Penelope’s suitors and the recreation of a book moment.

Bridgerton Season 3 Might Not Follow The Books, Teases Shonda Rhimes

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  • New images tease what's to come from Bridgerton season 3, including the introduction of Sam Phillips' new character, Lord Debling.
  • Lord Debling is after love in season 3, and Penelope becomes a prime candidate.
  • Season 3 will be very focused on Penelope, chronicling her romantic exploits, friendship troubles, and persona as Lady Whistledown.

Bridgerton season 3 gets a new image, teasing one of Penelope's new suitors. Based on the novel series by Julia Quinn, Bridgerton was first released on Netflix in 2020, chronicling the lives of eight members of the titular family in London in the early 19th century. Bridgerton cast member Nicola Coughlan is set to take center stage in the upcoming season 3 as Penelope, with the new batch of episodes poised to explore more romance, heartbreak, and Regency-era drama.

Now, as Bridgerton season 3 approaches, Shondaland shares new images from the upcoming season, introducing Sam Phillips as Lord Debling, in addition to teasing other new characters and book-accurate scenes. Check out the new images below:

While it remains a mystery exactly how Phillips' new character will shake up the Bridgerton dynamic, the character is being positioned as a key love interest for Penelope . Read Phillips' comments on Lord Debling below:

“Lord Debling is seen as an outsider. He lives on the fringes of society, and he is after a love match this season; he’s after someone who goes against the grain, someone who is a little bit of an outsider like him. And he spots Penelope. He thinks she’s special because she’s sort of seen as an outsider too. Lord Debling is interested in other things outside of the norms of society. For instance, he loves wildlife, he’s a conservationist, and he is a vegetarian.”

What To Expect From Bridgerton Season 3

Penelope will be a big focus in the new episodes.

Colin and Penelope stand close together at a ball in Bridgerton season 3

The Bridgerton season 2 ending sets up an emotional and dramatic season to come , with Penelope's Whistledown alter ego causing a serious falling out with Eloise (Claudia Jessie). Not only does Penelope's friendship with Eloise take a hit, but she's left heartbroken after she overhears Colin (Luke Newton) say that he would never court her. In Quinn's books, the love story between Penelope and Colin is an important one, and season 3 seems like it will be diving into this head on.

While Eloise makes clear that she's interested in pursuing other friendships and connections outside of Penelope following the big Lady Whistledown reveal, an image from season 3 has already teased that the two characters will be coming face-to-face for a tense reunion in the upcoming batch of episodes. Penelope's romantic life will be a big focus as she balances Colin and Lord Debling , but the character will seemingly also be attempting to mend her friendship with Eloise.

In addition to Coughlan, Jessie, and Newton, audiences can expect to see some a number of familiar faces in the Bridgerton season 3 cast. Julie Andrews is returning to voice Lady Whistledown, with other returning stars including: Ruth Gemmell as Violet, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony, Florence Hunt as Hyacinth, and Will Tilston as Gregory. Phillips is one of several newcomers in season 3, including Daniel Francis, James Phoon, and Hannah Dodd, who is taking over the role of Francesca from Ruby Stokes.

Bridgerton season 3 is set to release on Netflix on May 16.

Source: Shondaland

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From Shondaland and creator Chris Van Dusen, Netflix’s Bridgerton is based on the romance novels of the same name by author Julia Quinn. The series follows the eight Bridgerton siblings, Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth, as they search for love during the social season and navigate life in Regency-era England.

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