Netflix confirms launch date for lavish period drama Bridgerton set in Regency London

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read
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From Harper's BAZAAR

Christmas is the perfect time for cosy and ostentatious period dramas, and we'll be needing a slice of unabashed escapism more than ever this year.

Lucky for us then that Netflix has confirmed upcoming period drama Bridgerton, set in the world of Regency London high society and starring Oscar-winning legend Julie Andrews, will be released on December 25th.

The streamer has also shared first-look images of the lavish eight-part series, their first from Shonda Rhimes's Shondaland, created by longtime Rhimes collaborator, Chris Van Dusen, and inspired by the best-selling romance novels by Julia Quinn. Prepare for dramatic ballgowns, bad boy bachelors, and heaving Regency bosom.

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Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX

According to Netflix's synopsis, Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she prepares to make her anticipated debut onto Regency London's cutthroat marriage market.

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Attempting to follow in her parent's footsteps and find a match based on true love, Daphne's prospects initially seem to be unrivalled. But as her older brother begins to rule out her potential suitors, the high society scandal sheet written by the mysterious Lady Whistledown casts aspersions on Daphne.

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Enter the highly desirable and rebellious Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), committed bachelor and the catch of the season for the debutantes' mothers. Despite proclaiming that they want nothing the other has to offer, their attraction is undeniable and sparks fly as they find themselves engaged in an increasing battle of wits while navigating society's expectations for their future.

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Netflix describes Bridgerton as "a romantic, scandalous, and quick-witted series that celebrates the timelessness of enduring friendships, families finding their way, and the search for a love that conquers all".

The series also stars Derry Girls actress Nicola Coughlan, Golda Rosheuvel, Jonathan Bailey, Luke Newton, Luke Thompson, Claudia Jessie, Ruby Barker, Sabrina Bartlett, Ruth Gemmell, Adjoa Andoh, Polly Walker, Bessie Carter and Harriet Cains and Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown.

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Photo credit: Netflix

Bridgerton will launch on Netflix on December 25th.

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