Florence Hunt, Luke Newton, Ruth Gemmell, Phoebe Dynevor, Claudia Jessie and Jonathan Bailey will star in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix
Florence Hunt, Luke Newton, Ruth Gemmell, Phoebe Dynevor, Claudia Jessie and Jonathan Bailey will star in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix

Netflix have this week released a slew of first look picture from their upcoming original series, Bridgerton, inspired by Julia Quinn’s novels.

The show will be the first to come from Rhimes' production company, Shondaland, and is created by longtime Shonda Rhimes collaborator, Chris Van Dusen (Scandal, Grey's Anatomy).

Bridgerton tells the story of the powerful, titular family and in particular, Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor).

Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton and Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix
Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton and Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix
Nicola Coughlan, Polly Walker, Harriet Cains, Ben Miller and Bessie Carter all star in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix
Nicola Coughlan, Polly Walker, Harriet Cains, Ben Miller and Bessie Carter all star in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix

As she makes her debut onto the competitive marriage market of Regency London, she has ambitions of following in her parents’ footsteps, finding her one true love.

Though she has many unrivalled prospects, Daphne's older brother begins to rule out potential suitors, whilst the mysterious Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews) casts aspersions on Daphne with her high society scandal sheet.

The search for a match intensifies when the highly desirable, yet utterly rebellious Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) enters the scene.

Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury and Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix
Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury and Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix
Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton and Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix
Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton and Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix

Regarded as the catch of the season for the debutantes' mamas, it’ll take everybody by surprise when Daphne appears to win his heart.

Though both claim they want nothing to do with the other, their attraction is undeniable.

As they find themselves in an increasing battle of wits, they're forced to navigate society's expectations for their future.

Expect romance, scandal and, a large dose of humour.

Luke Newton, Will Tilston, Claudia Jessie, Ruby Stokes, Luke Thompson and Florence Hunt star in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix
Luke Newton, Will Tilston, Claudia Jessie, Ruby Stokes, Luke Thompson and Florence Hunt star in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix
Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton and Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix
Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton and Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix

Netflix say Bridgerton is a "quick-witted series that celebrates the timelessness of enduring friendships, families finding their way, and the search for a love that conquers all.”

Golda Rosheuvel, Jonathan Bailey, Luke Newton, Luke Thompson, Claudia Jessie, Nicola Coughlan, Ruby Barker, Sabrina Bartlett, Ruth Gemmell, Adjoa Andoh, Polly Walker, Bessie Carter and Harriet Cains all also star.

Bridgerton will mark the first release from Shonda Rhimes’ production company Shondaland, following a landmark deal the streaming service reached with the showrunner back in 2017.

The multi-year development agreement meant that all of Rhimes' future productions would be classed as Netflix Originals.

Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton and Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix
Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton and Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix
Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix
Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix

It came after the platform purchased US streaming rights to past episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, with Netflix CCO describing Rhimes as a "true Netflixer at heart", since "she loves TV and films, she cares passionately about her work, and she delivers for her audience."

Rhimes added at the time: "[Sarandos] understood what I was looking for - the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach provided by Netflix's singular sense of innovation. The future of Shondaland at Netflix has limitless possibilities.”

Another project currently in the works under the deal is an adaptation of New York Magazine story, How Anna Delvey Tricked New York's Party People

The feature was originally written by Jessica Pressler, based on the real-life story of society fraud Anna Delvey.

The show - named Inventing Anna - will star Julia Garner as Delvey, alongside an all-star cast that includes Anna Chlumsky, Katie Lowes and Laverne Cox.

For now though, we look forward to settling down on Christmas Day evening with a fantastic new Shondaland series to enjoy!

Ben Miller, Polly Walker, Bessie Carter, Harriet Cains, Luke Newton and Ruby Barker all star in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix
Ben Miller, Polly Walker, Bessie Carter, Harriet Cains, Luke Newton and Ruby Barker all star in Bridgerton / Picture Credit: Netflix

Bridgerton comes exclusively to Netflix on Christmas Day, December 25th 2020.

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