FIRST LOOK | Meet London's high society in Shonda Rhimes' Netflix drama Bridgerton

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Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton and Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset, The Duke of Hastings.
Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton and Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset, The Duke of Hastings.
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  • Netflix has released first look pictures of Shonda Rhimes' period drama Bridgerton.
  • The eight-episode series is inspired by Julia Quinn's best-selling novels.
  • The series will premiere on the streaming service on Friday, 25 December.


Get ready for romance and scandal among the gentry in Shonda Rhimes' new Netflix series Bridgerton.

The upcoming series inspired by Julia Quinn's best-selling novels is the first project from a deal the TV mogul signed with the streaming service in 2018.

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On Thursday Netflix announced the eight-episode series will premiere on 25 December along with stunning first look pictures of the cast dressed in finery.

Sharing the pictures on Instagram Shonda wrote: "I've been a fan of @juliaquinnauthor's Bridgerton series since I can remember. The originality. The sexiness. The storytelling. Everything about it. I quickly knew that @shondaland had to turn them into a series. There isn't anyone better that I can think of than our Shondaland family @chrisvandusen to be the pioneer for this project."

She added: "To have @regejean, @phoebedynevor, and @julieandrews — yes, THE Julie Andrews — be part of this talented cast is a bonus. People. Get ready. Get excited. Things are happening. We'll see you on December 25th."

According to the official synopsis, Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London's competitive marriage market.

Hoping to follow in her parents' footsteps and find a match sparked by true love, Daphne's prospects initially seem to be unrivalled. But as her older brother begins to rule out her potential suitors, the high society scandal sheet written by the mysterious Lady Whistledown casts aspersions on Daphne.

Enter the highly desirable and rebellious Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), committed bachelor and the catch of the season for the debutantes' mamas. Despite proclaiming that they want nothing the other has to offer, their attraction is undeniable, and sparks fly as they find themselves engaged in an increasing battle of wits while navigating society's expectations for their future.

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THE BRIDGERTONS (L to R) Florence Hunt as Hyacinth
THE BRIDGERTONS (L to R) Florence Hunt as Hyacinth, Luke Newton as Colin, Ruth Gennell as Lady Violet, Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne, Claudia Jessie as Eloise, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony, Will Tilston as Gregory and Luke Thompson as Benedict.
THE FEATHERINGTONS (L to R) Nicola Coughlan as Pen
THE FEATHERINGTONS (L to R) Nicola Coughlan as Penelope, Polly Walker as Portia, Harriet Cains as Phillpa, Ben Miller as Lord Featherington and Bessie Carter as Prudence.
Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte.
Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte.
Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton and Ruth Gemme
Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton and Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton.
(L to R) Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton and
(L to R) Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton and Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset.
(L to R) Ben Miller as Lord Featherington, Polly W
(L to R) Ben Miller as Lord Featherington, Polly Walker as Portia Featherington, Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington, Harriet Cains as Phillipa Featherington, Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton and Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson.
Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury and Regé-Jean Page as
Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury and Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset.
Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton and Nicola Cou
Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton and Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington.
BRIDGERTON SIBLINGS (L to R) Luke Newton as Coling
BRIDGERTON SIBLINGS (L to R) Luke Newton as Coling, Will Tilston as Gregory, Claudia Jessie as Eloise, Ruby Stokes as Francesca, Luke Thompson as Benedict and Florence Hunt as Hyacinth.

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Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht

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