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One of our favourite ‘Bridgerton’ characters is getting her own spin-off series – here’s what we know so far


by Sarah Finnan
17th May 2021

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One of the breakout shows of 2020, 'Bridgerton' has enjoyed phenomenal success since its Netflix debut late last year.

Hitting the online streaming platform on Christmas Day, the series quickly established itself as a must-watch – uniting fans all across the world in their love for the Duke and his spoon. 

Already confirming that there are at least three more seasons of the fan favourite period drama yet to come, Netflix has further good news on the Bridgerton front, this weekend revealing that there’s also a spin-off series in the works too. 

Here’s what we know so far. 

It will be about Queen Charlotte

Taking the form of an as-of-yet untitled prequel, producers have said that the spin-off series will delve into the “origin story” of Queen Charlotte (played by Golda Rosheuvel in the original series). 

Hinting at what we can expect from the new show, Netflix’s head of global TV Bela Bajaria said, “many viewers had never known the story of Queen Charlotte before Bridgerton brought her to the world, and I’m thrilled this new series will further expand her story and the world of Bridgerton.”

A character that doesn’t appear in the original novels by Julia Quinn, Queen Charlotte was one of the most-loved additions to the original series and writers will have plenty of leeway when it comes to creating her backstory… so there’s sure to be more than a few twists and surprises along the way. 

While we only get glimpses of the king and his “madness” in Bridgerton, we have gotten glimpses of the “love match” that brought himself and Queen Charlotte together. Hopefully, this new series will explore their young romance and bring us up to speed on how the two came to be. 

It’s believed the spin-off series will also feature a young Violet Bridgerton and young Lady Danbury, giving us a closer look into their lives and early years too. 

Shonda Rhimes will write the spin-off 

The woman behind American TV production company Shondaland, Shonda Rhimes is probably best known as being the showrunner – creator, head writer, executive producer – of the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, its sister show Private Practice, and the political thriller series Scandal. Also responsible for bringing us the first series of Bridgerton, Rhimes will return for the Queen Charlotte spin-off as both writer and producer. 

In other Bridgerton-related news, Netflix also announced that Jess Brownell will take over as showrunner for seasons three and four of the original series with Shonda commenting that her “unique voice” is “vital to the future of the show”. 

You can read more about what we think will happen in the third and fourth seasons here.