Bridgerton Season 2 ropes in Simone Ashley to play an Indian character

Bridgerton Season 2 will premiere on March 25 on Netflix

author_img IANS Published :  27th December 2021 12:39 PM   |   Published :   |  27th December 2021 12:39 PM
Simone Ashley Bridgerton Season 2

Simone Ashley, who was last seen in Sex Education, will play Kate Sharma in Bridgerton Season 2

Bridgerton, the popular web series set in England's Regency era, to return on Netflix with its second season on March 25. It has roped in Simone Ashley, the British actress of Indian origin, to play Kate Sharma. Simone Ashley was last seen in web series, Sex Education

The character played by Ashley was originally Kate Sheffield in author Julia Quinn's second Bridgerton novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me (2002), on which Season 2 is based.

The writers of the web series changed her name to Kate Sharma to reflect her Indian heritage. In the forthcoming series, she's shown as a new arrival from India, along with her sister Edwina, played by another British Indian actress, who's also an Oxford graduate.

Writing about this departure from the original story, web magazine 'Insider' said: "In line with the reimagined, diverse version of early 19th-century London that creator Chris Van Dusen brought to life on Season 1, the show's writers opted to give Kate an Indian background in the script, shedding the moniker Sheffield in favour of Sharma, a common surname in India."

Season 2 keeps up the diversity quotient that viewers first encountered in Season 1, where the male lead, Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings, was played by the British actor, Rene-Jean Page, whose mother is from Zimbabwe, where he spent much of his childhood, and his father is an English preacher.

Quinn, in a conversation with 'Insider', called the decision to introduce Sharma as Kate's last name a "wonderful way to make the show more inclusive", adding that "there's quite a lot of historical background" on the relationship between India and England in the early 19th century.

Lord Anthony, in Season 2, starts to court Kate, who soon discovers that his intentions for marriage are not pure. 'Insider' describes it as an "enemies-to-lovers romance".