Bridgerton’s Simone Ashley is excited about the focus on her character’s journey

Bridgerton’s Simone Ashley said she’s glad the series is focusing on her character’s “journey” rather than her “legacy.”

The 26-year-old plays Kate Sharma in the second season of the hit series drama. She also plays Olivia Hanan in Sex Education.

Based on the book series of the same name by Julia Quinn, Bridgerton follows eight siblings as they try to find love in Regency-era England.

Speaking to Tatler magazine, British-Indian actress Ashley said she was impressed that no one was discussing her character’s legacy on the show.

“Kate is from India but what I love is that no one speaks out. You’re following the character’s journey, not their legacy,” she said.

Bridgerton became the most-watched show on Netflix when it released on Christmas Day 2020, thanks in part to its daring scenes and lavish costumes and sets.

Ashley was new to the show for her second series and, contemplating joining after already gaining such popularity, she said: “I’ve heard her described as the new girl at school, but everyone was really inviting.”

Ashley and her on-screen lover, Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, take the lead in season two – following in the footsteps of Regé-Jean Paige and Phoebe Dynevor, whose love story dominated season one.


Bailey starred in the first series alongside Phoebe Dynevor, who plays his sister, Daphne Bridgerton (Liam Daniel/Netflix/PA).

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Bailey, 33, played Dynevor’s on-screen brother in the first series but is now taking over the lead role.

Speaking to Tatler, he said: “It feels like you’re taking the torch and next season it’s going to be someone else’s turn. We’re like a rugby team.”

Bailey also joked about the comically large sideburns his character has.

“As for my sideburns, they’ve developed their own personalities, like the Spice Girls,” he said.

Bridgerton’s second series will be available on Netflix from March 25th.

The April issue of Tatler, featuring the full interview with Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey, is now available. Bridgerton’s Simone Ashley is excited about the focus on her character’s journey

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