Netflix’s Bridgerton spin-off, which focuses on the young Queen Charlotte, has filled its cast, including the role of the young monarch.
India Amarteifio (Line of Duty) will play the younger version of Charlotte in the eight-episode series written by Bridgerton executive producer Shonda Rhimes. Commissioned on a seasonal schedule last year, the series will tell how the young queen’s marriage to King George ignited both a great love story and a social change.
The new series’ cast comes just after Bridgerton’s second season premiere on March 25, hitting Netflix’s record for English-language series on its opening weekend. Golda Rosheuvel, who played Queen Charlotte in Bridgerton, will reprise the roles of Adjoa Andoh (Lady Agatha Danbury) and Ruth Gemmell (Lady Violet Bridgerton). New additions to the cast include Game of Thrones actor Michelle Fairley, Corey Mylchreest, Arsema Thomas, Sam Clemmett, Richard Cunningham, Tunji Kasim, Rob Maloney, Cyril Nri, and Bridgerton’s Hugh Sachs.
Amarteifio’s Charlotte, betrothed to the king of England against her will, arrives in London and discovers that the royal family is not what she expected. At court, he becomes one of Europe’s most memorable monarchs. Fairley will play the dowager princess Augusta, who will do whatever it takes to secure her son’s place as monarch in a changing and modernizing England. Mylchreest (Sandman) plays the young King George, who has always succumbed to the constraints of the throne until he shares his place and bed with his new wife, forcing him to face his hidden demons.
Thomas will play young Agatha Danbury, who uses Charlotte’s arrival to find her own way. Clemmett will play the younger Brimsley and Sachs will reprise the old version of the character in Bridgerton. Cunningham plays Lord Bute, Kasim plays Adolphus, Maloney the royal doctor, and Nri plays Agatha’s much older husband, Lord Danbury. Rhimes and her Shondaland partner, Betsy Beers, executive produce the Queen Charlotte franchise. Tom Verica (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Bridgerton) will direct and executive produce the series.