Where you've seen the Bridgerton cast before – including Harry Potter, Line of Duty and even Broadchurch
IT’S the Netflix series that’s taken the world by storm – and not just because of its X-rated sex scenes.
But while regency-era drama Bridgerton’s saucy scandals have kept viewers entertained for weeks – many people have been somewhat distracted by its very familiar cast.
If you’ve been racking your brains, wondering: “Where do I know them from?” look no further.
The hit series has managed to gather stars of everything from Line Of Duty and Waterloo Road, to Doctor Who, Broadchurch and even Harry Potter to appear together.
And now viewers are celebrating the news we'll be treated to another instalment of the drama, as it's been renewed for a second series. So, did you recognise all of these well-known faces in their elaborate get-up?
Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne Bridgerton)
She’s the daughter of one of Corrie’s most well-known faces – Sally Dynevor, aka Sally Webster – but lead actress Phoebe, who plays Daphne, may also be familiar to viewers in her own right.
The actress, 25, played Siobhan Mailey in Waterloo Road at the age of 14.
She went on to appear in BBC drama Prisoners' Wives and starred alongside Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint in TV series Snatch.
Rege-Jean Page (Simon Basset)
He’s left the world swooning as The Duke of Hastings, but actor Rege-Jean, 31, had a very different start to his time in the limelight.
Like his on-screen lover, he appeared in Waterloo Road, as youthful teacher Guy Braxton.
He’s also starred as Leonard Knox in 2018 American legal drama For The People, and had a brief cameo in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – appearing in Bill and Fleur’s wedding scene. Blink and you’ll miss him.
Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury)
Her character Lady Danbury was at the centre of all the big London society bashes, and actress Adjoa Andoh, 58, has been just as popular in the British TV circuit.
She’s enjoyed starring roles in Doctor Who, playing companion Martha Jones' mum Francine, and as Colette in Casualty.
She also appeared in 2009 film Invictus, alongside Morgan Freeman, and had roles in EastEnders, Broadchurch and Line of Duty.
Jonathan Bailey (Anthony Bridgerton)
Viewers no doubt had a love hate relationship with Jonathan Bailey’s character Anthony, thanks to his endless relationship meddling and own disastrous love life.
But many will recognise him from some very different roles in the past.
The 32-year-old appeared as reporter Olly Stevens in Broadchurch, and also had roles in Doctor Who, CBBC show Leonardo, and a part playing Jack Patterson in comedy W1A.
Nicola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington)
If you’re a fan of Channel 4’s Derry Girls, you’ll have struggled not to recognise the actress playing youngest Featherington sister – and biggest secret-keeper of all – Penelope.
The star herself, Nicola Coughlan, 34, famously plays Clare Devlin in the Northern Ireland-based sitcom and also enjoyed a role on Harlots.
Claudia Jessie (Eloise Bridgerton)
Penelope’s best friend Eloise Bridgerton, played by Claudia Jessie, is also very familiar – largely down to her dramatic expressions.
The 31-year-old star played a lead role in BBC drama WPC 56 and also starred as frustrating cop, DC Jodie Taylor, in Line Of Duty, alongside Thandie Newton.
She has also starred in Doctors, Vanity Fair and Doctor Who.
Freddie Stroma – Prince Friedrich
He only has a few appearances in Bridgerton as dashing Prince Friedrich, but actor Freddie Stroma, 34, no doubt caught the attention of Harry Potter fans early on, as he played smug Quidditch player Cormac McLaggen in the films.
McLaggen was seen taunting Ron during Quidditch trials, while repeatedly trying to win Hermione's affection – to no avail.
He also had a small role as the radio station manager in Pitch Perfect and played Luke in 2011’s A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song.
Sabrina Bartlett (Siena Rosso)
Sabrina Bartlett plays opera singer Siena in the series, who’s famously caught up in a love affair with Anthony.
Before that, however, Game Of Thrones fans may remember the actress, 29, enjoying a brief appearance as Arya Stark in disguise, during the House Frey killing scene.
She’s also starred in Victoria and Poldark.
Lorraine Ashbourne (Mrs Varley)
Playing the Featheringtons' scheming housekeeper, Mrs Varley, came with great experience for actress Lorraine Ashbourne.
While she’s only seen in a few fleeting scenes in Bridgerton, she previously starred as Barbara Castle in The Crown, as DI Tessa Nixon in Unforgotten, and in 2005’s King Kong.
Bessie Carter and Harriet Cains (Prudence and Philippa)
Another Featherington sister to give viewers a case of deja vu is Prudence, played by Bessie Carter – the 27-year-old daughter of Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter and Harry Potter villain Imelda Staunton.
But she’s also made a name for herself too, starring in Howard's End, ITV's Beecham House, Doc Martin and The Good Liar.
And her on-screen sister Philippa, played by Harriet Cains, has also enjoyed roles in big British TV shows.
The actress, 27, has appeared in Marcella, In the Flesh, Safe House and Line Of Duty.
Ruth Gemmell (Violet Bridgerton)
She’s the head of the Bridgerton household, and the actress that plays Violet has a lot of experience playing mothers on-screen.
Ruth Gemmell, 54, starred as Tracey Beaker's mum in the film, and Whitney Dean's mum Debra in EastEnders.
She also previously appeared in 1997's Fever Pitch, opposite Colin Firth, as well as Silent Witness and The Bill.
Ben Miller (Lord Featherington)
Lord Featherington is far from popular thanks to his partying and gambling habits on Bridgerton – but he’s portrayed by a well-known face.
Actor Ben Miller, 54, takes on the troubled character, having previously risen to fame with his comedy sketch show Armstrong and Miller.
He also had memorable roles in Johnny English and Death In Paradise.
Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte)
Pulling off the mighty role of gossip-loving Queen Charlotte came after years of stage and screen work for actress Golda Rosheuvel.
The star, 49, has had leading roles in a stream of stage productions and will also be remembered for starring in Silent Witness, Luther and EastEnders.
Luke Thompson (Benedict Bridgerton)
The second Bridgerton brother, Benedict, enjoyed a more relaxed life filled with sex parties and art on screen.
The actor that played him, Luke Thompson, 32, has previously starred in BBC’s In The Club, war movie Dunkirk and Misbehaviour.
Polly Walker (Lady Featherington)
A particularly familiar face for Line Of Duty fans will be Lady Featherington, played by Polly Walker, 54, who starred as Gill in the cop drama series.
She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in drama series Rome, and has appeared in 1992’s Patriot Games, Prisoners' Wives and Netflix series Cursed.
Kathryn Drysdale (Madame Delacroix)
Actress Kathryn Drysdale plays dressmaker Madame Delacroix, and some fans will likely recognise the 39-year-old for her portrayal of Meghan Markle in The Windsors.
She’s also appeared as Taylor in St Trinian's and Louise in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.
Hugh Sachs – Brimsley
Actor Hugh Sachs appears in the TV romp as the Queen’s secretary, Brimsley, tasked with tracking down Lady Whistledown.
But he’s otherwise well known for playing Gavin Ramsbottom in Benidorm.
James Fleet – King George III
While King George III only makes a very brief appearance in Bridgerton, as he’s battling health issues, the actor behind the character was instantly recognisable.
James Fleet, 68, is best known for playing Hugo Horton in The Vicar of Dibley and Tom in 1994 romcom Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Luke Newton (Colin Bridgerton)
The third Bridgerton son, Colin, has a hard time of it in the first series as he falls for Marina, unaware she’s still in love with someone else.
The unlucky character is played by Luke Newton, 23, who has starred in BBC drama The Cut, The Lodge and Mr. Selfridge.
Ruby Barker (Marina Thompson)
Portraying pregnant Marina in the series was actress Ruby Barker.
Her character had a difficult time throughout, as she discovers she's pregnant with a previous lover, Sir George Crane – who she eventually finds out had died in battle.
TV viewers may recognise Ruby from previous roles in fantasy drama Wolfblood, Doctors, and Cobra.
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