News of a Bridgerton spinoff was revealed in 2021 after the grand success of the first season. The limited series Bridgerton spinoff would focus on the backstory and uprising of Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel). That is not all, as the Bridgerton spinoff would include main female characters like Lady Danbury and Violet Bridgerton. Netflix has released the official cast list and how a young Charlotte’s marriage created the integrated ton fans now know.
Who is Queen Charlotte in ‘Bridgerton’?
In 1813 Britain, Queen Charlotte has the final say during the marriage season. Every year the new bachelorettes must present themselves to the queen. Queen Charlotte looks for her “diamond” of the season that will sparkle and be the envy of every other young woman.
In the series, not much is known about Queen Charlotte’s backstory. Fans learn of her marriage to an ill King Geroge III and that their daughter died at a young age. Unlike how most historical accounts depict Queen Charlotte, in Bridgerton, she is of African descent.
According to Oprah Daily, Chris Van Dusen saw an opportunity to marry the books and the debated historical fact of Queen Charlotte’s lineage.
“What really struck me with the books from the beginning is that this was an opportunity to marry history and fantasy in a really exciting, interesting way. So in Queen Charlotte, that was the history,” explained Van Dusen. The Bridgerton spinoff looks to explore further the young future queen’s role in British society.
‘Bridgerton’ spinoff storyline implies how Queen Charlotte created a modern ton
Netflix and Shondaland officially announced the cast list for the Bridgerton spinoff and details of the main storyline. According to Netflix, “Centered on Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power, this Bridgerton-verse prequel tells the story of how the young Queen’s marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton.”
Bridgerton Season 2 already teased a bit of the queen’s tumultuous backstory in marrying the king. When the king makes an appearance and mistakes the queen for a younger version, Edwina reveals a small detail. She explains how she knows the complex and long journey they had before their marriage.
According to the details of the Bridgerton spinoff, there is an assumption that Charlotte’s African lineage causes turmoil when she arrives to marry the king.
Her character details explain, “Betrothed to the mysterious King of England against her will, Charlotte arrives in London only to realize she was not exactly what the royals were expecting. As she learns to navigate the palace, the ‘ton, and her unpredictable husband, she grows into one of Europe’s most unforgettable monarchs.” The press release also explains “a changing, modernizing Britain.”
Who will play the young queen in the ‘Bridgerton’ spinoff?
Golda Rosheuvel will reprise her role as Queen Charlotte in the spinoff/prequel series. She will also be joined by Adjoa Andoh, who plays Lady Danbury, and Ruth Gemmell as Violet Bridgerton. In the role of a young Queen Charlotte is actor India Amarteifio. The spinoff is Amarteifio’s first starring role after Hortensia in Matilda the Musical.
Game of Thrones actor Michelle Fairley will play the role of Princess Augusta, who vows to keep her family’s power and secure her son a place in the monarch. Corey Mylchreest will star as Young King George and Arsema Thomas as Young Agatha Danbury.