‘Bridgerton’: Regé-Jean Page Will Not Be Returning for Season 2

Netflix’s Bridgerton premiered on Christmas Day 2020, and fans have been unable to stop talking about it since. Season 1 of the 19th-century set drama followed Daphne (Phoebe Dynover), the eldest daughter of the affluent Bridgerton family, who has her debut on the marriage market in a quest to find a husband.

In an attempt to thwart her meddling older brother, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), and a rather unsavory suitor, Daphne makes a pact with Anthony’s oldest friend, Simon, the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page). Still, the pair get much more than they bargained for.

Bridgerton is Netflix’s most-watched original series ever, and it’s already been renewed for Season 2. However, Netflix just announced that Page will not be returning to the show.

Rege-Jean Page as Simon Basset in 'Bridgerton'
Rege-Jean Page as Simon Basset in ‘Bridgerton’ | Liam Daniel/Netflix

What will ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2 be about?

Bridgerton is based on Julia Quinn’s book series that chronicles the romantic lives of the eight Bridgerton siblings on their individual quest on the London marraige market. While Season 1 centered on Daphne, the second season will focus on Anthony. Netflix’s renewal announcement read, “Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season.” 

Season 2 will be based on Quinn’s second Bridgerton novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me. The book description reads,

Anthony Bridgerton hasn’t just decided to marry — he’s even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended’s older sister, Kate Sheffield — the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate’s the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams…

Sex Education‘s Simone Ashley has been cast as Kate.

Regé-Jean Page will not be in ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2

Though we expected to see glimpses of Page in his role as the Duke of Hastings, it looks like fans will have to refer to Season 1 to see his most charming moments.

Netflix released an update about Season 2 which is expected to begin filming soon. “Dear Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings,” Bridgerton’s official account tweeted. “We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Page was never set to return to the series after Season 1. The actor reportedly had a one-season deal and he’s completed his contractual obligation.

However, this does not mean there will be no mention of Simon and Daphne in Season 2.

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Phoebe Dynover will return as Daphne in Season 2 of ‘Bridgerton’

Though Page will move on to other roles including the forthcoming, Dungeons & Dragons movie, Dynover will still be involved in Bridgerton.

“Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear,” Netflix tweeted.

Adjoa Andoh, who portrays Lady Danbury on the show explained how the Hastings relationship will still be an intricate part of Season 2. “Daphne and Simon, navigate being in love, very in lust still, but with a new baby in their lives,” Entertainment Tonight. “Having to navigate and negotiate that between each other, between their families, and between their wider social circles.”

If filming goes according to plan, fans can expect Bridgerton Season 2 around Christmas Day 2021.