The first season of Bridgerton focused on Phoebe Dynevor, who has famous parents of her own, but Bessie Carter, who plays Prudence Featherington, comes from a different family of show business
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Bridgerton actress Bessie Carter plays social climber Prudence Featherington, sister of Penelope Featherington, played by Nicola Coughlan, Derry Girls co-star.
But while the actress may appear unfamiliar to Netflix fans, most will likely recognize her parents.
The 28-year-old is the daughter of Downton Abbey stars Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton, who will also play Queen Elizabeth in the upcoming Netflix series The Crown.
The powerful actor couple have been married since 1983 and Bessie is their only child together.
Before being cast in Bridgerton, Bessie had roles in Les Miserables, The Good Liar – films she appeared in with her father – and Howards End.
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Earlier, Harry Potter actress Imelda discussed her daughter’s decision to pursue an acting career, saying: “I feel very fortunate because I have never had that feeling of an empty nest because of her. he is in business.
“While I was launched into the theater, she was born in it, and she grew up with our friends who were like her uncles and aunts.
“Honestly, there’s nothing more beautiful than the acting tribe, and when I found out she was moving in with this extended family, it felt really good. Jim and I really want to be at the door of the stage every night, but you just can’t.
“You have to keep your distance. The only unfinished ambition I have left is so that one day we can work together.”
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Meanwhile, when Jim was asked if he would be acting in Bridgerton with his daughter, he gushed on Good Morning Britain: “Do you think I wouldn’t be loyal to Downton Abbey?
“God, no. It’s too hard for Carson, it’s Bridgerton. Can you imagine Carson in Bridgerton? Or even Jim Carter?”
However, after the popularity of the first season, Jim Carter later said: “We are delighted that it has been a huge success. Bessie had a great time doing it. I am very emotional on her behalf.”
The first season of Netflix’s Bridgerton centers on Daphne Bridgerton, played by Phoebe Dynevor, whose own famous parents in Coronation Street are actress Sally Dynevor and Emmerdale writer Tim Dynevor.
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Phoebe admits that they struggled to see passionate scenes together in the first season, so she skipped those scenes.
But while many young stars might feel embarrassed at the thought of their parents watching them in action between panels, having an acting icon for a mother and father also works in the field. Business made things a little easier for Phoebe.
“Fortunately, they are industry insiders so I guess they can understand more than most people,” she told The Mirror. “I think they’re really proud to see me working hard on the show.”
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