Bridgerton season 3 release updates, cast, and everything we know so far

We have some big updates about Bridgerton season 3 to share. Finally, there’s been an update on filming in March 2023.

Bridgerton season 3 is officially happening. Netflix renewed the series ahead of the second season even getting a premiere date, which later arrived to incredible success in March 2022.

Netflix certainly surprised Bridgerton fans with the season 3 renewal. In fact, it also came as a double renewal with season 4 confirmed at the same time. Double renewals aren’t typically normal, but we wouldn’t mind the trend continuing.

We shared everything we know about Bridgerton season 3. We updated this story on Friday, March 23, 2023. FanSided Entertainment’s Reed Gaudens, Natalie Zamora, and Bryce Olin contributed to this report.

Bridgerton season reportedly wrapped filming in March 2023

The cast and crew started filming Bridgerton season 3 in July 2022. Netflix shared an announcement video featuring the cast members.

We initially thought Bridgerton season 2 would wrap filming in December 2022, but that didn’t happen. Rumors swirled claiming producer Shonda Rhimes put a pause on production because she was unhappy with some of the storylines, but Netflix denied that gossip. The UK site Metro published snapped photos of the cast filming in Bath, England on Jan. 17, 2023, meaning the show was very much still in production at the start of the year.

While Netflix has not announced that Bridgerton season 3 has finished filming, there have been some reports that filming on season 3 has ended. What’s on Netflix shared an image of a sign from Netflix congratulating cast and crew on finishing filming. Many fans believe Nicola Coughlan, who is this season’s star, has finished the season, as well.

We’re hopeful that the rumors and reports about Bridgerton season 3 wrapping production are true. It looks like production on the season is done.

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Bridgerton. Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in episode 204 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

Has Netflix announced the Bridgerton season 3 release date yet?

No, Netflix has not announced the Bridgerton season 3 release date yet. We know fans were expecting to see the new season as early as this spring or summer, but that looks out of the question right now for a few reasons.

First of all, the season just wrapped production. With a big show like this, we can expect at least six months from the end of filming for all the post-production work and promotion of the new season. Bridgerton is one of the 10 biggest Netflix shows of all time, and they are not going to just roll this out without a big premiere, fan events, and runs on all the biggest talk shows.

Plus, Netflix already has more Bridgerton coming in May 2023 with Queen Charlotte. Netflix would never release two seasons so close together. There’s no reason to do that from a business perspective.

It’s going to be a while until we see Bridgerton season 3 on Netflix. There’s no reason to think Bridgerton season 3 would be pushed back to 2024, though.

For now, the earliest we’ll see Bridgerton season 3 would be in September or October. It’ll be later than that, though. I think we’ll be waiting until November or December to watch this series.

The first season of Bridgerton premiered on Christmas Day 2020. Looking at the rest of the year Netflix has planned, it’s smart to assume Bridgerton season 3 is going to be a Christmas Day release. That’s just our prediction right now, but we know Netflix drops big shows around the holidays, and there’s no bigger show coming to Netflix this year than Bridgerton season 3.

Release Prediction: Christmas 2023

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Bridgerton. (L to R) Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton in episode 204 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

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Bridgerton season 3 cast

Ahead of Bridgerton season 3’s filming, Netflix announced a number of new cast members. Hannah Dodd will take over the role of Francesca Bridgerton, and three new cast members have been added to season 3: Daniel Francis, Sam Phillips, and James Phoon.

In spite of taking on a new role in a Showtime limited series, Jonathan Bailey will once again return in a series regular capacity as the Viscount Anthony Bridgerton. (His new show won’t interfere with his role on Bridgerton at all!)

We could also see a number of new cast members that were introduced in season 2 return for small roles in season 3, such as Charithra Chandran as Kate’s sister Edwina and Calam Lynch as Eloise’s forbidden love interest Theo Sharpe.

Here’s who we’ll see in the upcoming third season:

  • Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury
  • Lorraine Ashbourne as Mrs. Varley
  • Simone Ashley as Kate, Viscountess Bridgerton
  • Jonathan Bailey as Viscount Anthony Bridgerton
  • Harriet Cains as Philippa Finch
  • Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington
  • Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington
  • Hannah Dodd as Francesca Bridgerton
  • Ruth Gemmell as Violet, Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton
  • Florence Hunt as Hyacinth Bridgerton
  • Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton
  • Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton
  • Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte
  • Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton
  • Polly Walker as Portia, Dowager Baroness Featherington
  • Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown

Here’s who the new cast members will be playing:

  • Daniel Francis as Marcus Anderson
  • Sam Phillips as Lord Debling
  • James Phoon as Harry Dankworth

Unfortunately, there are a number of characters who won’t be in season 3.

Will Simon be in Bridgerton season 3?

We will again not see Regé-Jean Page return to the series, and those Duke recasting rumors don’t appear to have much truth. Page didn’t reprise his roles in the second season because his character isn’t in the books that much.

Will Daphne be in Bridgerton season 3?

Unfortunately, Phoebe Dynevor, the talented actress who portrayed Daphne Bridgerton in the first two seasons, has confirmed she’ll be sitting season 3 out. It’s unclear if she’ll ever reprise her role again in a future season, but don’t expect her to be in the new one.

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Bridgerton. (L to R) Will Tilston as Gregory Bridgerton, Florence Emilia Hunt as Hyacinth Bridgerton, Ruby Stokes as Francesca Bridgerton, Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton, Phoebe Dyvenor as Daphne Basset in episode 201 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

Which book will Bridgerton season 3 be based on?

As previously announced by Shonda Rhimes, Bridgerton will be diverting from book order and skipping over the third book in Julia Quinn’s series. Rather than diving into Benedict’s story in An Offer from a Gentleman, the series will jump to Penelope and Colin’s story in Romancing Mister Bridgerton.

Although some fans of the book series might not prefer the series to skip the book order, it could be for the best storytelling-wise. And considering there are plans to adapt each of the eight books, we don’t have to worry about missing out on anyone’s story just yet.

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Bridgerton. (L to R) Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in episode 208 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

Bridgerton season 3 synopsis

Along with the announcement of the new season starting filming and the arrival of the three new cast members, Netflix also released an official synopsis for season 3:

From Shondaland and new showrunner, Jess Brownell, Bridgerton is back for its third season and finds Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) has finally given up on her long-held crush on Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) after hearing his disparaging words about her last season. She has, however, decided it’s time to take a husband, preferably one who will provide her with enough independence to continue her double life as Lady Whistledown, far away from her mother and sisters. But lacking in confidence, Penelope’s attempts on the marriage mart fail spectacularly.

Meanwhile, Colin has returned from his summer travels with a new look and a serious sense of swagger. But he’s disheartened to realize that Penelope, the one person who always appreciated him as he was, is giving him the cold shoulder. Eager to win back her friendship, Colin offers to mentor Penelope in the ways of confidence to help her find a husband this season. But when his lessons start working a little too well, Colin must grapple with whether his feelings for Penelope are truly just friendly.

Complicating matters for Penelope is her rift with Eloise (Claudia Jessie), who has found a new friend in a very unlikely place, while Penelope’s growing presence in the ton makes it all the more difficult to keep her Lady Whistledown alter ego a secret.

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Queen Charlotte. Arsema Thomas as Young Agatha Danbury in episode 106 of Queen Charlotte. Cr. Nick Wall/Netflix © 2022

Bridgerton spinoff, Queen Charlotte, premieres in May 2023

While some fans were hoping to watch Bridgerton season 3 this spring, it looks like that’s not going to happen. But, there’s some good news we need to share! Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story officially has a release date on Netflix. Fans will get to watch the first Bridgerton spinoff on May 4, 2023.

Unfortunately, that means that Bridgerton season 3 is still pretty far off.

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Bridgerton. (L to R) Ruby Stokes as Francesca Bridgerton, Phoebe Dyvenor as Daphne Basset, Will Tilston as Gregory Bridgerton, Florence Emilia Hunt as Hyacinth Bridgerton, Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton, Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton in episode 201 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

Will there be a Bridgerton season 4?

We know being patient is hard, but it’s necessary if you’re a Bridgerton fan. As mentioned, Bridgerton is one of Netflix’s biggest shows, and there’s a lot of franchise potential here. Shonda Rhimes is also involved, and she doesn’t make flops.

Bridgerton season 4 is already in the works, but it has not started filming as far as we know! Netflix confirmed both seasons before season 2 premiered.

We’ll likely learn a lot more about Bridgerton season 4 as we get closer to the release of season 3. With it being confirmed, the cast might be able to talk more openly about what the future holds than if it wasn’t confirmed.

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Bridgerton. (L to R) Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton, Calam Lynch as Theo in episode 208 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

Is Netflix adapting all 8 Bridgerton books?

There are eight Bridgerton books by Julia Quinn, and Rhimes stated in the past that they have a plan to make all eight books into seasons of the Netflix series. It’s up to Netflix whether or not that plan actually happens.

So far, there are no public plans for Bridgerton after season 4. Netflix confirmed the series for four seasons, and it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything beyond that.

Depending on how things go in season 3 and season 4, Netflix will decide whether all those seasons will happen. Overall, it looks really good for more Bridgerton seasons on the way soon. Bridgerton season 1 and 2 rank No. 5 and No. 4, respectively, on the list of the biggest Netflix shows of all time. Netflix isn’t going to cancel this show unless something bad happens.

Stay tuned for the latest updates about Bridgerton season 3 and more from Netflix Life. Bridgerton is on the list of the best Netflix shows to watch tonight.

FanSided Entertainment Staff contributed to this report.

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