She won the heart of a duke as Daphne Bridgerton and in real life is amassing as much love from her legion of fans. And if they had their way, art would imitate life with Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page, who plays the Duke of Hastings in the hit Netflix show, hooking up long after the director yelled cut.
Phoebe (25) has brushed off rumours she’s dating her hunk of a co-star – kind of.
The English actress told Elle magazine that their on-screen chemistry came from lots of hard work. “We had a lot of rehearsals, and then we rehearsed together on our own.
“By the time we got to set, we knew each other really well, we had spent a ton of time together, so we weren't getting to know each other as filming went on.”
The pair also stayed at the same hotel during filming, “and we spent so much time together”.
As for the raunchy sex scenes, Phoebe said those were “very intricately rehearsed”, with an intimacy coordinator, “which made us both feel really comfortable”.
Learning to dance also brought the actors closer, Phoebe told Harper’s Bazaar, especially as she and Regé-Jean had never danced before.
“I think the thing that actually really helped the chemistry was all the dance rehearsals, because we just spent so much time with our choreographer, Jack Murphy, and loads of time in the studio – just me, Regé and Jack sort of getting the moves right and dancing and dancing to this modern, fun music.
“And we just got time to play and sort of form a connection. I think that was so beneficial actually in getting the chemistry right.”
Her co-star kept to a similar script. “I think that everything you need to know is on camera,” Regé-Jean said with a laugh in an Access Hollywood interview, before crediting the “beautiful scripts” for making sparks fly. “The sparky words, scripts and material are more than enough.”
Phoebe landed her first role at age 15, when she starred in Waterloo Road, and subsequently appeared in Prisoners’ Wives, Younger and Snatch. Bridgerton is her first leading role.
Acting is in her blood. Her parents are actress Sally Dynevor, who stars in Coronation Street as Sally Webster, and writer and actor Tim Dynevor, who penned over 300 episodes of the sitcom Emmerdale. The family is from Manchester, and Phoebe has two younger siblings, brother Samuel (23) and sister Harriet (17).
Before she was a household name, she was pretty open about her dating life, telling the UK Express newspaper in 2014 that she was with recruitment executive Simon Merill. “Last year my boyfriend and I went around Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam,” she said then. “It was amazing. He’s half Thai. We went to his family’s village. His grandma, aunt and uncle are still there, and it was a really incredible experience.”
In 2017, she dated Skins and Reign actor Sean Teale, but they have since parted ways.
According to Daily Mail, Netflix has been scrambling as Bridgerton sex scenes have been uploaded to porn sites. Various clips have been since removed, while others have been suspended after receiving warnings from Netflix. Phoebe is reportedly devastated over the news.
An insider revealed to The Sun “Bridgerton’s sex scenes appearing alongside some of the most obscene material the web has to offer has sparked horror and anger.” However, the streaming service are doing whatever they can do try remove the scenes that feature lead actors Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page.
A second season of Bridgerton has not yet been officially confirmed by Netflix, but as it’s one of the streamer’s most-watched series, having reached more than 63 million households in the first few weeks after its release, a return is all but guaranteed.
Production has reportedly been slated to resume in the UK in March, and while Regé-Jean and Phoebe’s characters are not likely to be the central characters this time – each of the books on which the show is based focuses on a different member of the Bridgerton family – the actors are keen to return for more.
"Absolutely, why not?" Regé-Jean told Oprahmag.com. He’s speculated that future series could revisit the couple, as their love “is an evolving thing”.
“It’s a living, breathing thing that needs tending, that needs looking after, that needs mending when it gets worn or torn. They get married very young. They still have a lot of growing to do. They have a lot to do, and I think it’ll always be fun to watch them do that together.” Daily Mail