Bridgerton Season 2 Casts Shelley Conn & Calam Lynch

Bridgerton season 2 has officially cast Shelley Conn and Calam Lynch, adding two more new faces to Shondaland’s smash-hit Regency romance.

Bridgerton season 2 has added two new cast members. The Netflix Regency romance series from Shondaland, based on Julia Quinn’s popular novels, became an instant hit when season 1 debuted in December of 2020. The show’s first season starred Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page as Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Bassett, adapting Quinn’s first book, The Duke and I. Bridgerton season 2 is currently in the works.

Though Daphne and Simon drove the drama of Bridgerton season 1, they won’t be as central to the show’s next installment. It was recently announced that Regé-Jean Page won’t be returning for Bridgerton season 2, and while Phoebe Dynevor will return, her role will likely be much smaller. Instead of focusing once again on the Duke and Duchess of Hastings, Bridgerton season 2 will adapt Quinn’s second novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, which places Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) in the leading role.

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Netflix has announced two new cast additions for Bridgerton season 2 in Shelley Conn & Calam Lynch. Conn will play Mary Sharma, the mother of Anthony’s love interest Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), while Lynch will play a new character named Theo Sharpe. The two stars are the latest announced additions for season 2, which will also feature Charithra Chandran as Kate’s young sister Edwina Sharma, and Rupert Young as Jack. The Sharmas will replace the novel’s Scheffield family, in keeping with Bridgerton’s more diverse imagining of Regency era England. Check out the casting announcement below:

Though Bridgerton season 2 promises the same stylish aesthetic, strong performances and saucy drama of season 1, it will inevitably feel quite different without Simon and Daphne at its center. The Duke and Duchess’s story was pretty thoroughly wrapped up at the end of season 1, but the two stars quickly became the emblems of the entire series. Dynevor will still be present in season 2 of course, but the complete absence of Page has been greeted with disappointment by a number of fans. Given how memorable his performance as Simon was, that’s understandable.

The silver lining is that Bridgerton has already introduced a large ensemble of other compelling characters, who should be exciting to watch in larger roles. Anthony, Benedict, Eloise, Penelope Featherington, and the rest of the Ton were all big parts of what made season 1 so successful and well-rounded. The new cast additions should complement those existing characters in fun and interesting ways, and Anthony’s story promises plenty of drama of its own. Bridgerton season 2 will begin filming this spring, with a hopeful release date later this year.

Next: Why Simon Isn’t Returning In Bridgerton Season 2 (& What About Daphne?)

Source: Netflix

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