Netflix recently announced the addition of actress Simone Ashley into the “Bridgerton” universe, with the actress playing the new leading lady for season two of the hit Regency Era show.

On 16 February, the streaming giant announced the news on Twitter with a photo of Ashley, writing, “Get ready to fall in love with Simone Ashley, who will play Kate in Season 2 of Bridgerton. Kate is a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools – Anthony Bridgerton very much included.”

The news was also shared by Julia Quinn, the author of the Bridgerton series, who wrote on Instagram, “WE HAVE OUR KATE!!! Welcome to #Bridgerton, [Simone Asshley]! I couldn’t dream of a more perfect Kate. I mean, just LOOK at her expression in that first photo!”

It was reported that the next season will revolve around Anthony Bridgerton, the eldest of the family, who in the first season expressed his lack of interest to marry for love.

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Jonathan Bailey’s Anthony Bridgerton will find himself at odds with Simone Ashley’s Kate Sharma
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Viscountess Violet Bridgerton with her A to H named children; Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory and Hyacinth
The story could be based on Julia Quinn’s second book in her Bridgerton series, “The Viscount Who Loved Me”, in which Anthony found himself at odds with Kate Sheffield, the older sister of his intended.

However, in true “Bridgerton” fashion where the show cast actors of various races, Kate Sheffield is now Kate Sharma – and the role will be played by the 25 year-old British actress known for her role as Olivia Hanan on Netflix’s “Sex Education”.

On the other hand, Jonathan Bailey will reprise his role as Anthony.

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The second season will revolve around Anthony Bridgerton