Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey said working with Simone Ashley during filming of the highly anticipated second season was a “unique” experience.
he new series of Regency-era drama shifts its focus to the tumultuous courtship between Viscount Anthony Bridgerton, played by Bailey, and Ashley’s character, Kate Sharma.
Bailey, 33, starred on the first series as Phoebe Dynevor’s brother and now takes on the lead role.
Walking a grass carpet at the UK premiere at London’s Tate Modern, Bailey said it was a “privilege” to tell Anthony’s story in the new series.
He told the PA news agency: “I had read the book and he’s a complicated guy and his relationship with Kate is very different than the first series but no less exhilarating so it was great.
“I think acting certain scenes with Simone was the highlight, it was such a good camaraderie and teamwork vibes.
“It’s something that will happen once in a lifetime and will never be the same again, telling this kind of romantic story.
“There’s a sweet passion coming your way, long longing stares and aching hearts, take care of these.”
At Tuesday night’s world premiere, hosted by radio host Clara Amfo, Ashley revealed riding in the park with Bailey was her series highlight.
When she found out she was going to star in Bridgerton, she told PA: “I think I was in my trailer at a movie at the time and I couldn’t tell anyone.
“I had to put my phone on airplane mode and everyone was talking about Bridgerton, what was going to happen in season two, and I had to stand there and shut up.
“I always say it was effortless, I fell into the family.”
Bridgerton became the most-watched series on Netflix when it released on Christmas Day 2020.
The hit series, based on a book series of the same name by Julia Quinn, follows the eight siblings of the Bridgerton family as they try to find love.
At the premiere, Luke Newton, who plays Colin Bridgerton, revealed that Bailey kept a diary with tips to pass on to the Bridgerton boys when they “hand the baton” on the series.
Referring to the diary, Bailey added: “This would reveal all the secrets, it will be amazing when it comes to it, I will be a very proud older brother when I see it.
“There’s no show like Bridgerton I think I’ve ever seen in the way the baton is passed and I’m going to be so excited for the future.”
Golda Rosheuvel, who plays Queen Charlotte, praised Bailey as an “exquisite actor,” adding that she was thrilled “to see him rise to the challenge as a lead on the show.”
On diversity and representation in the programme, Rosheuvel told PA: “Because of Bridgerton, I think the conversation needs to change, especially in this genre, historical drama, and I think the doors are now wide open to possibilities.”
Nicola Coughlan, who is reprising her role as Penelope Featherington, was scheduled to attend the premiere but had to cancel after contracting Covid-19.
In a post on Instagram, she said: “So I’m devastated by Miss Rona and missing our first premiere – heartbroken is an understatement but I’m sending so much love to my beautiful castmates who I hope are the best.” have night.”
Bridgerton series two, produced by Shonda Rhimes, arrives on Netflix March 25th.
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