Created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes, Netflix’s Bridgerton has caused a huge uproar with its Regency-core aesthetics, flowing ball gowns, lavish parties, regal parlours and sets, steamy romance sequences and other elements that uphold and document the grandeur of the lives of the upper echelons of aristocratic London where the people bask in the opulence and madness of their status and wealth, ever since its release in 2020.
This Emmy-nominated show is set to debut its second season on Netflix on March 25th, 2022. Based on Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novel series, the second season will focus on Anthony Bridgerton’s fiery romance with Kate Sharma.
Netflix has also announced the cast members for the second season. The reprising cast includes Jonathan Bailey, Nicola Coughlan, Adjoa Andoh, Phoebe Dynevor, Lorraine Ashbourne, Bessie Carter, Harriet Cains, Ruth Gemmell, Martins Imhangbe, Florence Hunt, Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie, Luke Thompson, Golda Rosheuvel, Polly Walker, Will Tilston and Julie Andrews.
They will be joined by a new cast comprising Simone Ashley, Charothra Chandran, Shelley Conn, Rupert Young and Calam Lynch.
Before the release of the second season, here we have ranked the Bridgerton siblings from worst to best:
Ranking the ‘Bridgerton’ siblings from worst to best
Daphne – Phoebe Dynevor
The first season of the show revolves around the eldest Bridgerton daughter, following Quinn’s novel, The Duke and I. married to the Duke of Hastings, Simon Bassett in the first season, Daphne’s tumultuous marriage is the central concern of season one as they bicker over the possibilities of having a child. Dutiful, kind and naive, Daphne is the embodiment of the perfect demure Regency-era woman and her story abounds in steamy romance and sex scenes.
Although she manages to fulfil her goal and become a mother, there’s a glaring concern that fans have voiced out regarding the show that places her at the bottom of this list. Daphne is uninformed and unaware of the meaning of consent. Desperate to give birth to an heir, she is blindsided by her husband’s brooding dissent to father a child. She takes matters into her own hands and refuses to listen to Simon’s pleas to stop during a round of intercourse. This problematic scene shows the Duke being stripped of his right to consent to both sex and fatherhood, thus making Daphne one of our least favourite characters.
Francesca – Ruby Stokes
The sixth sibling and the third daughter of the Bridgertons, Francesca barely makes an appearance in the first season. She is only seen making a social appearance, lending her piano skills to Colin’s songs as her siblings dance. Francesca is busy avoiding the courting activities in London and honing her piano skills at her Aunt Winnie’s in Bath.
While the sixth novel, When He Was Wicked will revolve around the romantic pursuits of this Bridgerton sibling, the lack of screentime makes it difficult for us to judge Francesca as a character. She seems pretty focused and talented and hopefully, the second season will show more of her.
Gregory – Will Tilston
The youngest Bridgerton brother is extremely adorable and goofy. He loves teasing his youngest sister, Hyacinth and is set to find love in Quinn’s eighth and final novel, On the Way to the Wedding.
Despite being so cute and intriguing, the lack of screen time does not give Tilston the ability to shine. Much like Francesca, we are hoping to see more of his cute antics in the second season.
Colin – Luke Newton
The third sibling in the Bridgerton family, Colin is a bit of an adorable dunce. He is totally oblivious to Penelope pining for him. He is engaged to Maria Thompson in the first season. However, the engagement falls through when Maria’s secret pregnancy is revealed. Towards the end of the show, he decides to go on a soul-searching journey.
While Penelope is one of Colin’s good friends, he apparently does not return her feelings. While fans are heartbroken by this, they have still found solace in Quinn’s fourth novel, Romancing Mister Bridgerton which shows Penelope and Colin being a part of a fruitful marital union.
Anthony – Jonathan Bailey
The eldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony helms the family after his father’s untimely demise. Notorious for his womanising ways, Anthony’s iconic sideburns helped him make quite the statement in the series. The second season of the show will focus on Anthony’s romantic escapades as he tries to find a woman to settle with, following Quinn’s novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me.
While Anthony is in an illicit relationship with an opera singer in the first season, their socio-[olitial differences lead to their inevitable separation despite the Bridgerton brother harbouring strong feelings for her. The second season will see Anthony butting heads with the feisty and free-spirited Simone Ashley’s Kate Sharma, who will challenge the viscount in every sense. The teaser promises some steamy scenes, including one with Anthony in a hot bathtub, leading to increased fan anticipation.
Hyacinth – Florence Hunt
The youngest Bridgerton is born without a filter as she babbles whatever she pleases. Her endearing nature with all, especially Simon Bassett, is accentuated by Hunt’s lovely performance. In love with the manners and etiquettes of the social elite in London, Hyacinth hopes and dreams of finding true love someday. She looks up to Daphne in several ways and hopes to be as graceful as her eldest sister.
Hyacinth was the only sibling who did not meet her father. The Bridgerton patriarch had passed away before her birth after getting stung by a bee. In the seventh book, In His Kiss, Hyacinth finds love and her romance precedes that of Gregory’s.
Benedict – Luke Thompson
Quiet and the most mature among all the siblings, Benedict is the second-eldest Bridgerton whose humility is downright admirable. Passionate about art, Benedict hopes to build a career out of it. Level-headed, calm and charming, Benedict is one of the most admirable characters on the show.
Quinn’s third novel An Offer From a Gentleman saw Benedict’s marriage with Sophia Beckett despite his romantic involvement with Genevive Delacroix in season one. The creators will have a gala time exploring the cause for his break-up and his eventual budding feelings for Beckett.
Eloise – Claudia Jessie
The fifth sibling and the second-eldest daughter in the family, Eloise is spunky, rebellious, intriguing and unique. Eloise harbours no interest in marriage or social customs and delivers touching anecdotes about her dreams to far surpass the limited boxes of just being a high-society lady in elite London. Eloise is terrified of childbirth due to her mother’s predicament during Hyacinth’s birth.
She seeks comfort in penning down her thoughts in her journal. She loves having fun with her best friend, Penelope Weatherington and is determined to uncover the identity of the local, anonymous gossip, Lady Whistledown who seems to know everything about the upper-class elite. However, Eloise finds love in Quinn’s fifth novel, To Sir Phillip With Love which is set nearly a decade after the events of the first season of Bridgerton.