After becoming one of the hit period drama’s biggest break-out stars, Regé-Jean confirmed last week that he would not be returning when Bridgerton resumes filming – much to the disappointment of his fans.
However, Netflix has now revealed details of four brand new characters set to join Bridgerton.
It was already confirmed that Simone Ashley – who previously appeared in the Netflix teen drama Sex Education – would be playing Kate Sharma, a potential love interest for Jonathan Bailey’s character, in the new series.
Other members of the Sharma family have now been introduced, with Charithra Chandran set to play the character’s younger sister Edwina, and Shelley Conn portraying their mum, Mary.
Meanwhile, fellow newbies Calam Lynch and Rupert Young will play Theo Sharpe and Jack, respectively.
Calam is best known for his work in the theatre, although he did appear in the 2017 film Dunkirk and an episode of the comedy Derry Girls.
Rupert previously appeared in Merlin as Sir Leon, and was nominated for an Olivier for his supporting performance in the West End musical Dear Evan Hansen.
It was previously announced that the much-awaited second series of Bridgerton would see Anthony Bridgerton taking centre stage, and while Regé-Jean Page’s exit means we’ve seen the last of the Duke of Hastings, his on-screen partner Phoebe Dynevor will be returning.
In a press release which took the form of one of Lady Whistedown’s Society Papers, it was revealed: “We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be part of the Bridgerton family.
“Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.”
Filming on the second series of the Shondaland period drama is expected to begin soon.