Bridgerton: Meet the cast and characters of the Netflix period drama

If you recognise some of the faces in this juicy Netflix series, find out their previous acting credits.

By Becky Gamester-Newton Published: 7 January 2021 - 2.49pm
Netflix Bridgerton cast

Bridgerton was a real Christmas 2020 treat.

Amid all the doom and gloom in the real world, the period drama’s dazzling imagery and juicy plotlines have been keeping everyone gripped.

It’s also got a huge cast with several recognisable faces, so check out where you know each character from.

Lady Whistledown – Julie Andrews

Lady Whistledown is the author of the gossip newsletter that frequently gets tongues wagging – so much that Queen Charlotte is determined to find out who she is.

She is voiced by none other than Julie Andrews, who you will know from classic films like The Sound Of Music and Mary Poppins.

But as for Lady Whistledown’s on-screen identity, you’ll have to watch until the end of season one to find out who she is.

Daphne Bridgerton – Phoebe Dynevor

Phoebe Dynevor plays Daphne Bridgerton Netflix

Daphne is the central character of the show. She (and her brother) must find a suitable husband, but not everything goes exactly as planned.

Phoebe Dynevor’s previous credits include Waterloo Road, Snatch and Dickensian. She is also the daughter of Coronation Street stalwart Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Webster.

Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings – Regé-Jean Page

Rege-Jean Page plays the Duke of Hastings Netflix

Unlike the other eligible bachelors, Simon seemingly has no interest in finding a wife or getting married. However, when he and Daphne come up with a plot to benefit them both, could his opinions change?

This is Regé-Jean Page’s biggest role to date, with previous credits including Waterloo Road, Fresh Meat and For The People. Eagle-eyed Harry Potter fans may have also spotted him in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, where he had a small unnamed role.

Anthony Bridgerton – Jonathan Bailey

Jonathan Bailey plays Anthony Bridgerton Netflix

In the absence of his late father, it is eldest sibling Anthony’s duty to find Daphne a husband – but he has problems of his own when it comes to settling down and getting married.

Jonathan Bailey has previously featured in W1A, Broadchurch and Jack Ryan.

Lady Portia Featherington – Polly Walker

Polly Walker plays Lady Portia Featherington Netflix

Lady Portia is determined to find husbands for her three daughters.

Polly Walker is a familiar face in the acting world – she played Gill in Line of Duty, and has also featured in Mr Selfridge and State of Play.

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Penelope Featherington – Nicola Coughlan

Nicola Coughlan plays Penelope Featherington Netflix

‘Pen’ is the youngest of the three Featherington girls and doesn’t really fit in. She is good friends with Eloise Bridgerton, and also strikes up a rapport with Marina Thompson.

Nicola Coughlan is best known for Derry Girls, and she also stars in Harlots.

Eloise Bridgerton – Claudia Jessie

Claudia Jessie plays Eloise Bridgerton Netflix

Eloise has no interest in finding a husband on the marriage market, and instead begins to investigate who could be behind the Lady Whistledown letters.

Claudia Jessie starred as Amelia Sedley in Vanity Fair, and has also featured in Line of Duty and Porters.

Lady Danbury – Adjoa Andoh

Adjoa Andoh plays Lady Danbury Netflix

Lady Danbury supported Simon during his miserable childhood, and acts as a mother figure to him.

Adjoa Andoh’s acting credits include Doctor Who, Missing, Invictus and Liar.

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Queen Charlotte – Golda Rosheuvel

Golda Rosheuvel plays Queen Charlotte Netflix

Queen Charlotte is the face of the monarchy while her husband, King George III, is unwell. She loves gossip, and is particularly Lady Whistledown’s letters.

Golda Rosheuvel has previously been in Torchwood and Luther, and has a role in the 10th season of Death In Paradise.

Lady Violet Bridgerton – Ruth Gemmell

Ruth Gemmell plays Lady Violet Bridgerton Netflix

After her husband’s death, Lady Violet looks after her eight children and hopes to find them marriages as loving as her own.

Ruth Gemmell has appeared in Penny Dreadful and Utopia on the small screen, and starred alongside Colin Firth in football film Fever Pitch.

Lord Featherington – Ben Miller

Ben Miller plays Lord Featherington Netflix

Lord Featherington is the head of the family, but he’s normally seen taking a back seat behind a newspaper – leaving the marriage mart stuff to Portia.

Ben Miller has an impressive CV, with his biggest credits in The Armstrong and Miller Show, Death in Paradise, Johnny English and Paddington 2.

Marina Thompson – Ruby Barker

Ruby Barker plays Marina Thompson Netflix

Marina Thompson is sent from the country to live with her Featherington cousins – and they get a little more than they bargained for.

Ruby Barker’s previous acting credits include Cobra and Wolfblood.

Benedict Bridgerton – Luke Thompson

The second-eldest Bridgerton brother, Benedict would love to be an artist and finds himself in an environment worlds apart from the rest of the family.

Luke Thompson has also appeared in Dunkirk and Kiss Me First.

Colin Bridgerton – Luke Newton

Luke Newton plays Colin Bridgerton Netflix

Colin is the third-eldest Bridgerton brother, and strikes up a friendship with Penelope Featherington.

Luke Newton has appeared on BBC’s The Cut and Disney’s The Lodge.

Prince Friederich – Freddie Stroma

Daphne is encouraged to accept the advances of the perfect Prince Friederich when he visits from Prussia.

Freddie Stroma played Cormac McLaggen in Harry Potter, and other credits include The Inbetweeners 2 and Game of Thrones.

Cressida Cowper – Jessica Madsen

Jessica Madsen plays Cressida Cowper in Bridgerton Netflix

Sour-faced Cressida is one of Daphne’s rivals on the marriage market, and doesn’t attempt to hide her dislike for her.

Jessica Maden has previously been in Tina And Bobby and Mr Selfridge.

Will Mondrich – Martins Imhangbe

Martins Imhangbe plays Will Mondrich in Bridgerton Netflix

Will is Simon’s friend and they are often seen training together in the boxing ring.

This is Martins’ first major TV role, with his previous credits coming in theatre.

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Bridgerton season one is available to watch on Netflix now.

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