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Bridgerton casts Simone Ashley as Season 2 lead

Bridgerton casts Simone Ashley as Season 2 lead

Simone Ashley Bridgerton casting

Netflix’s runaway hit Bridgerton has cast its female lead for Season 2.

Sex Education alum Simone Ashley will star in the new season of Bridgerton as Kate Sharma, the main love interest for Jonathan Bailey’s character Anthony.

Per Netflix, Kate is described as “a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools–Anthony Bridgerton very much included.”

In The Viscount Who Loved Me, the book that the second season will be based on, it is also said that Kate drives Anthony mad as she tries to stop the wedding. However, when Anthony goes to sleep, “Kate’s the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams.”

The official Twitter account of the series also confirmed the casting news. Written in the point of view of Lady Whistledown, the account wrote, “Quite the juicy bit of gossip, dear readers… This author is certainly looking forward to many a column covering Miss Kate Sharma.”

She is one of several cast additions for Season 2 of Bridgerton, which will start filming this spring in London.

“We have a bunch of new characters we are going to be introducing,” creator and showrunner Chris Van Dusen said in announcing the Season 2 renewal on Today with Hoda & Jenna, per Deadline, last month. “Anthony is going to have a love interest next season, and I think it’s going to be as sweeping and moving and as beautiful as viewers of the first season have come to expect from the show.”

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