25 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About The "Bridgerton" Cast Every Fan Should Know

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First, Regé-Jean Page was born in London, but spent a majority of his childhood in Zimbabwe before moving back to London for school.


Phoebe Dynevor is the daughter of actor Sally Dynevor, who is best known for her work as Sally Webster on Coronation Street.


Speaking of famous parents, Bessie Carter, who plays Prudence Featherington, is the daughter of Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter.

Jim Carter, Imelda Staunton, and Bessie Carter together on a red carpet

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Of course, Imelda is probably most recognizable for her role as Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter films, and Jim notably starred as Mr. Carson on Downton Abbey.


Regé-Jean Page was in a band with his younger brother growing up and he described it as “loud, angry, righteous guitar music” — at the time he also would dye his hair different colors, most notably, purple.


In fact, Regé’s love of music helped him prepare for playing Simon. He listened to a lot of music while getting into character, namely Deftones, Vivaldi, and Nina Simone.

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Jonathan Bailey, who plays Anthony, won a 2019 Oliver Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his work as Jamie in Company.

Jonathan Bailey holding his Olivier Award and smiling

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Thanks to Nicola Coughlan’s starring role on Derry Girls, she’s actually featured on a massive mural in Derry, Ireland along with the rest of the cast.

A mural in Derry, Ireland that depicts the main cast of "Derry Girls"

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Phoebe Dynevor’s first audition ever was actually for Lyra in The Golden Compass movie when she was about 11 years old.

Nicole Kidman and Dakota Blue Richards as Mrs Coulter and Lyra in "The Golden Compass"

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When casting Bridgerton, Shondaland executive producer Betsy Beers immediately thought of Regé-Jean Page for Simon — she had worked with Regé on For The People and they became great friends.

Regé-Jean Page in "For the People"


Betsy recalled that when they started casting everyone in the room was saying, “It would be so great to get somebody like Regé. I wish there was somebody like Regé.”


When Nicola Coughlan auditioned for Penelope, she didn’t have “any full scripts” and she got offered the job after just one audition.

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope in Bridgerton


After getting the job, Nicola read the Bridgerton books, specifically Book 4, which is primarily focused on Penelope.


During Jonathan Bailey’s first meeting with Shondaland he actually read some scenes as Simon, and then they suggested he audition for the role of Anthony.

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Phoebe Dynevor found out she booked the role as Daphne on Bridgerton while she was in LA, and the minute she landed back in London she went straight to a wardrobe fitting for the show.

Phoebe Dynevor in a costume fitting for one of Daphne's dresses

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She said, “I walked into this warehouse of costumes; there were so many incredible designers, and it was basically a factory just for Bridgerton. I was like, ‘Oh, my God,’ and that’s when it hit me.”


Ruby Barker, who plays Marina Thompson, will star in her first leading role ever in the upcoming indie film How to Stop a Recurring Dream.


Outside of acting, Adjoa Andoh, who plays Lady Danbury, has been a preacher in the Church of England since 2009.

Lady Danbury and Simon talking

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While preparing to play their Bridgerton characters, all of the women in the cast were in a group chat where they’d share articles and books about what it was like to be a woman in the 1800s.

Eloise and Penelope eating and talking

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Before starring in her own Shondaland show, Phoebe Dynevor was a fan of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and she loved the idea of playing a “super dimensional and interesting” female Shondaland character like those that came before her.

Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang from "Grey's Anatomy"

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Nicola Coughlan’s dream role is Sally Bowles in Cabaret and she says she can “hold a tune” pretty well.


Luke Thompson, who plays Benedict, is a talented artist and he actually drew everyone portraits as a Season 1 wrap gift. Regé-Jean Page has his displayed in his home.

A pencil drawing of Regé-Jean Page

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Regé-Jean Page originally studied sound engineering as a university student before he discovered the British National Youth Theatre and fell in love with acting.

Regé-Jean Page as Simon in "Bridgerton"

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Nicola Coughlan is very good friends with Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness. They met via Instagram after Nicola tagged him in a hoodie she had made with his face on it.


Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor spent hours together trying to perfect the choreography on Bridgerton, and they sometimes danced to Beyoncé while practicing.

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Regé explained how important it was to him that they got the dancing right, saying, “Once you start dancing, you get to be honest. I think that’s why dances are so central to these stories. They’re not frivolous; they’re the real heart and soul of the story.”


Claudia Jessie and Nicola Coughlan’s first day on the Bridgerton set included filming a scene outside where Nicola was holding a dog and wearing heels. Nicola ended up falling over three times AND the scene didn’t even make the final cut.


Meanwhile, Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page’s first day on set — and Phoebe’s first scene as Daphne — was when Simon and Daphne have sex in the library.

Daphne and Simon kissing in the library



Regé Jean-Page and Phoebe Dynevor had a lot of input when it came to Simon and Daphne’s intimate scenes. In fact, Regé was the one who suggested Simon kiss Daphne up against the statue when it started raining.

Simon and Daphne passionately kissing against a statue outside



And finally, the entire cast didn’t know Julie Andrews was going to voice Lady Whisteldown until they found out on social media with the rest of the world.

The Lady Whistledown paper


Regé-Jean Page recalled yelping on the train when he saw and texting his friends at Shondaland being like, “How could you give me no warning?” Meanwhile, Nicola Coughlan found out while scrolling through Instagram in her kitchen, and she “burst into tears.”


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