Fans of Bridgerton were left heartbroken with the news of its lead cast actor Rege Jean Page, who played the role of Simon Basset, the ‘Duke of Hastings,’ not returning in season 2. And that, as per logic, should have an effect on Adjoa Andoh’s character Lady Danbury, who took the Duke under her wing following the death of his mother.
However, it seems like there is more in store for Bridgerton fans!
Speaking to Digital Spy, Adjoa said: “Well, if you remember, at the start of season one, the Duke had been absent for a while. Lady Danbury has many fish to fry, and many people who she loves and wishes to challenge and support – you’ll see more of that going forward.”
In reference to her character’s mischievous personality, she continued: “I think there’s plenty to keep Lady Danbury busy, Duke or no Duke. There are pies with her fingers in, all over.”
Inspired by the novels by Julia Quinn, season one of the hit Netflix show focused on Daphne Bridgerton’s relationship with the Duke of Hastings, played by Rege Jean Page. Upon its end, the show announced that season 2 will be focusing on a different Bridgerton sibling, like in the books.
Season 2 is set to follow Anthony and his search for a future wife but his quest doesn’t prove too easy.
This becomes a challenge in this traditional society as Anthony is motivated by his duty to uphold the family name. His search for a partner who meets his impossible standards seems unfeasible until Kate (Simone Ashley) and her younger sister Edwina (Charithra Chandran) arrive from India.
Also appearing in the main cast of Season 2 are Shelley Conn (Mary Sharma), Calam Lynch (Theo Sharpe) and Rupert Young (Jack) joining returning stars Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury), Lorraine Ashbourne (Mrs. Varley), Harriet Cains (Philipa Featherington), Bessie Carter (Prudence Featherington), Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne Basset), Ruth Gemmell (Violet Bridgerton), Florence Hunt (Hyacinth Bridgerton), Martins Imhangbe (Will Mondrich), Claudia Jessie (Eloise Bridgerton), Luke Newton (Colin Bridgerton), Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte), Luke Thompson (Benedict Bridgerton), Will Tilston (Gregory Bridgerton), Polly Walker (Portia Featherington) and Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown.
In a video shared on social media, the cast revealed that the period drama would return on Friday, March 25, 2022.
Speaking of Rege-Jean Page’s Bridgerton exit, Phoebe Dynevor said it wasn’t surprising.
“I had a bit of a heads up, so I knew. But yeah, I guess it is a spanner,” Dynevor said during the May 20 episode of the Variety Awards Circuit Podcast. “But again, the show centers around the Bridgertons and there are eight books. And I think maybe the fans of the books were more aware of that happening than the fans of the show. Because I think the fans of the books know that every episode is about a different sibling,” she added.
For his part, Rege-Jean Page previously explained that being part of Bridgerton for one season only was a big part of the appeal for the role.
Speaking about his early conversations with producers, he said: “‘It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end – give us a year. [I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”