Netflix Reveals First Look at Young Lady Danbury In 'Bridgerton' Spin-off 'Queen Charlotte'

Arsema Thomas as the young Lady Danbury in "Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story"

Arsema Thomas as the young Lady Danbury in "Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story"

(Photo: Netflix)

Netflix kicked off the New Year with an update on one of its most hotly anticipated 2023 properties, the Bridgerton spin-off focused on the story of a young Queen Charlotte. Uncreatively titled Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, the streamer has been teasing this spin-off since before the second season of its popular Regency period drama aired and has been leaving a trail of breadcrumbs for fans to follow ever since. 

The prequel will primarily focus on Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power and how her marriage to King George was not only the culmination of a great love story but sparked an important societal shift, ultimately creating the world of the Ton we see in Bridgerton. The series will also reportedly focus on the origin stories of Violet Ledger (eventually Brigderton) and Lady Agatha Danbury and flesh out the preexisting relationships between these women we see reflected later in their lives.

This week, we get our first look at newcomer Arsema Thomas as the series’ younger version of fan-favorite Adjoa Andoh’s Lady Danbury. The image, which features a young Agatha looking apprehensively at an unknown figure, shows her wearing a necklace that looks remarkably like one we’ve seen her sport in the main series. 

“Under the thumb of a much older husband, Agatha uses Charlotte’s arrival to find her way into society. With keen knowledge of the once divided social scene and the intricacies of marriage, Agatha becomes a guiding light for the new Queen, all while finding her own voice and power we’ll soon recognize as Bridgerton’s iconic Lady Danbury,” a description from the streamer reads.

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story will star India Amarteifio as Charlotte, Connie Jenkins-Greig as Violet Ledger, and Arsema Thomas as Agatha Danbury, with Bridgerton stars Golda RosheuvelRuth Gemmell, and Adjoa Andoh reprising their roles as the older versions of the characters. Sam Clemmett will play Brimsley, with Hugh Sachs reprising his role as the elder version; Corey Mylchreest is King George, though so far, the older version, played by James Fleet, has not been confirmed.

The rest of the ensemble cast includes Michelle Fairley (Gangs of London)Richard Cunningham (His Dark Materials), Tunji Kasim (Nancy Drew), Rob Maloney (Coronation Street), Keir Charles (Flesh and Blood), Katie Brayben (The Alienist), and Cyril Nri (Devils)

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story doesn't have a premiere date, but it is expected to arrive in 2023, likely before the premiere of Bridgerton Season 3. 

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Twitter at @LacyMB

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