New on Netflix: "Bridgerton" finally continues – but differently than you might think!

  • Published: 2023/05/04 08:00

    Author: Annemarie Havran


Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) had quickly blossomed into a fan favorite in the first two seasons of "Bridgerton" - this historical figure does not appear in the underlying "Bridgerton" novels by Julia Quinn! But her story is so interesting that Netflix is ​​now dedicating an entire prequel series to her: "Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story" starts on May 4, 2023 on Netflix. The young Charlotte is played by India Amarteifio. The miniseries consists of six episodes and tells how the German Princess Sophie Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz defeated the British King George III. (Corey Mylchreest) got married – and how it turned into one of the greatest royal love stories of all time. Of course, the Netflix series is fiction, but a lot is still true: for example, that King George suffered from an illness that affected his mental health. A big challenge for the young marriage... ...just like the fact that not only Queen Charlotte but also many members of London's nobility are People Of Color in "Bridgerton". The skin color of the real Queen Charlotte has long been part of historical discourse. And while the theory that she was Britain's first and only Black Queen has been widely disputed, it raises an interesting question for the "Bridgerton" spin-off: How would a Black Queen have championed equality in society can? But Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story isn't entirely about the Queen's early years. There's also a second storyline - and that's after Bridgerton season 2 (or, more specifically, before the epilogue at the very end of season 2). So we actually get to see something like "Bridgerton" season 2.5 here - which is not about Lady Violet's children and their happiness in love, but about Lady Violet (Ruth Gemmell) herself. The children then move back into "Bridgerton " Season 3 to the fore. While Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate (Simone Ashley) are on their honeymoon following their wedding in Season 2, and Lady Violet is spending time with Daphne's (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon's (Regé-Jean Page) children, she dedicates her time to... widowed Lady Bridgerton finally has her own romantic future again - and also develops the friendship with Lady Agatha Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) and also the Queen (Golda Rosheuvel). But of course, young Violet (Connie Jenkins-Greig) and young Agatha Danbury (Arsema Thomas) are also present on the first level of the storytelling. We learn about Violet's childhood home - and about Agatha's struggle for her place in high society. And with this, Agatha repeatedly clashes with another historical figure: Princess Augusta, the mother of King George III. Augusta is played by Michelle Fairley, who fantasy fans will know as Catelyn Stark from Game Of Thrones. By the way: "Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story" is not based on a book - but a novel will now be published for the Netflix series, by none other than the "Bridgerton" author Julia Quinn herself in cooperation with " Bridgerton” producer Shonda Rhimes. "Queen Charlotte - Before the Bridgertons, this love changed the world" will be available on May 9, 2023 and can already be pre-ordered, for example at Amazon. *The link to the Amazon offer is a so-called affiliate link. If you make a purchase through this link, we will receive a commission.