Everything you need to know about Francesca Bridgeton replacement Hannah Dodd

Bridgerton fans were overjoyed to hear that Netflix has renewed the hit regency romance for a further two seasons and are already getting excited for what season three could bring.

The latest Bridgerton news is that it’s been confirmed that actress Hannah Dodd will play Francesca in Season three.

Dodd will replace Ruby Stokes, who played Francesca in the first season of the series.

Bridgerton’s official Twitter account confirmed the news, saying: “The only thing the Ton loves more than a scandal is a celebration. Do joyously welcome the newest member to the Bridgerton family.”

Fans were disappointed when Francesca disappeared from season two of Bridgerton partway through the series.

But now the mysterious Bridgerton sibling will be returning for season three, this time with a different look.

Here’s everything you need to know about Bridgerton’s latest addition Hannah Dodd and her character Francesca.

Why wasn’t Francesca in season two of Bridgerton?

Francesca, the third-eldest Bridgerton daughter, appeared in the first three episodes of Bridgerton season two.

But fans were left confused when she then disappeared for the rest of the season.

It turns out that Francesca actress, Ruby Stokes, was unable to film any more episodes due to scheduling conflicts.

Now Ruby has quit the show all together as she focuses on playing the lead in another Netflix series, the upcoming Lockwood & Co.

Who is Hannah Dodd?

Hannah Dodd is a 26-year-old actress and model who is best known for her role in the new Netflix series Anatomy Of A Scandal.

Throughout her acting career so far the young star has also featured in Find Me In Paris, Harlots and Marvel’s Eternals.

It seems that Dodd is well on her way to establishing a successful career with Netflix.

As well as her role in the upcoming Bridgerton series, she’s also set to star alongside Millie Bobby Brown in the upcoming Enola Holmes 2.

In her modelling career, Dodd has worked with brands including Burberry, New Look and Topshop.

Hannah is also reportedly dating Sam Fender, after catching the hit singer’s eye on social media, although nothing has been confirmed yet.

Who is Francesca Bridgerton?

Francesca Bridgerton is the sixth-eldest Bridgerton sibling and the third daughter.

Although Francesca appeared for all of season one and a few episodes of season two, her character still remains a bit of a mystery and she hasn’t yet featured heavily in storylines like the other Bridgerton siblings.

But this could be set to change in season three, as the new casting could mean a bigger role for Francesca.

An official character synopsis has given some insight into what we can expect from her, stating: “Despite her reserved nature, she goes along to get along when it comes to society affairs, fortified with a dry wit and pragmatism that confound the fickle ton yet seem to draw attention when she least desires it.”

Each series of Bridgerton is based on one of the books from Julia Quinn’s series, and Francesca’s story is told in the sixth book.

But the show's producer, Shonda Rhimes, has said that she’s not necessarily following the order of the books.

She told ET: "There's eight Bridgerton siblings, so we're planning on following each one of the siblings' romantic stories.

“We're not necessarily going in order but we are going to be seeing each of the siblings and their stories."

This means that we don’t yet know when we could see Francesca’s story but it could be sooner than we think.

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