‘Sex Education’ star Simone Ashley has been cast as lead actress in the second season of Netflix’s ‘Bridgerton’.
The second season will go by Julia Quinn’s ‘The Viscount Who Loved Me’, which follows the love affair of Kate Sheffield (Simone) and Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), the eldest son of the Bridgerton household.
Netflix describes Kate’s character as one who is ”smart and headstrong and doesn’t suffer fools — Anthony Bridgerton very much included”. In the first instalment, Anthony fielded a complicated relationship with opera singer Siena, which saw a breakup at the end, with Anthony seeking a better wife.
Created by Van Dusen and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes via her Shondaland outfit, the ‘Bridgerton’ series is based on Quinn’s romantic novels, which focuses on a different love story in each part.
Following its December 25 release, ‘Bridgerton’ became an instant seller for the streaming platform as it was viewed by 82 million households within the first 28 days. It’s by far Netflix’s most-watched original series ever.
Filming for season two is set to begin this Spring in the UK.
Other notable roles of Ashley include ‘The Sister’ and ‘The Broadchurch’. she is repped by Gersh, Identity Agency Group in the U.K. and attorney Derek Kroeger of Myman Greenspan.