We might still be waiting patiently for news on Bridgerton season 3, including when it’s going to land on Netflix, but fortunately, there’s less patience required for Bridgerton's upcoming spin-off, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.


We not only have an official release date, first-look images and a teaser clip, but we also now have a brand new trailer to get excited about.

In Bridgerton, Queen Charlotte quickly became a fan-favourite character, with her iconic love of Pomeranians, short temper and scheming tactics that rival that of Lady Whistledown herself, so it's no surprise she's stepping into the spotlight in her own series, which also comes from Shonda Rhimes.

Golda Rosheuvel plays the irreverent monarch in Bridgerton seasons 1 and 2 and is set to reprise the role for Bridgerton season 3 – and she also stars in this new spin-off. Leading the cast as the young Queen Charlotte is India Amarteifio, whose love story with King George (played by Corey Mylchreest) will be explored, as well her rise to prominence, power and societal shifts.

Speaking to RadioTimes.com and other press about having Queen Charlotte already as a main character in Bridgerton (played by Rosheuvel), Amarteifio said: "I know what Queen Charlotte’s like in the future but to be able to kind of create foundations for that is really exciting for me, just to understand how she becomes so brazen, so strong and such a force. I’m super excited for people to see it."

Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte in Bridgerton
Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte in Bridgerton. Netflix

As with Bridgerton, the prequel series is produced by Shonda Rhimes’s company Shondaland. Rhimes will also be teaming up with Bridgerton author Julia Quinn to write a new Queen Charlotte-focused novel, which is set to be released alongside the show.

"I'm especially thrilled to have the opportunity to write about Queen Charlotte, who was not in the original novels," the writer shared in a statement.

"Her character - and Golda Rosheuvel's brilliant portrayal of her - was a tour de force, and I think readers will love getting a chance to know her more deeply."

Rhimes also shared her thoughts on writing the character for the show.

"Queen Charlotte has been such a moving character to write," she said, adding that collaborating with Quinn is "an exciting opportunity".

"I can't wait for fans of this universe to read the story of a character that has resonated so deeply with our audience."

The spin-off follows recent debate between historians about whether the real Queen Charlotte may have had a distant ancestor who was Black. Bridgerton's version of the character marks her as the first monarch of colour in the UK, ushering in greater diversity amongst the Ton.

Wondering what other characters from Bridgerton will appear? Read on for everything you need to know about Netflix's Bridgerton prequel about Queen Charlotte.

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story release date

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
The cast of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. Netflix

The Queen Charlotte spin-off series of Bridgerton is set to land on Netflix on Thursday 4th May 2023.

Netflix announced on 14th May 2021 that the Bridgerton universe would be expanding with the Queen Charlotte spin-off.

"Many viewers had never known the story of Queen Charlotte before Bridgerton brought her to the world, and I’m thrilled this new series will further expand her story and the world of Bridgerton," Netflix head of global TV Bela Bajaria told Deadline.

"Shonda and her team are thoughtfully building out the Bridgerton universe so they can keep delivering for the fans with the same quality and style they love. And by planning and prepping all the upcoming seasons now, we also hope to keep up a pace that will keep even the most insatiable viewers totally fulfilled."

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story cast

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
Cyril Nri as Lord Danbury and Arsema Thomas as Young Agatha Danbury. Netflix

The following cast members have been revealed for the Queen Charlotte spin-off from Bridgerton.

  • Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte
  • India Amarteifio as younger Queen Charlotte
  • Adjoa Andoh as Lady Agatha Danbury
  • Arsema Thomas as younger Agatha Danbury
  • Ruth Gemmell as Violet, Dowager Countess Bridgerton
  • James Fleet as King George III
  • Corey Mylchreest as younger King George III
  • Michelle Fairley as Dowager Princess Augusta
  • Hugh Sachs as Brimsley
  • Sam Clemmett as a younger Brimsley
  • Richard Cunningham as Lord Bute
  • Tunji Kasim as Adolphus
  • Rob Maloney as the Royal Doctor
  • Cyril Nri as Lord Danbury.

The series will be centred around Queen Charlotte (played by Golda Rosheuvel in Bridgerton) and her reimagined origin story.

The role of a younger Queen Charlotte will be portrayed in the prequel by Sex Education star India Amarteifio, who is not the bride the British Royal Family were expecting.

Meanwhile, Corey Mylchreest will portray a handsome young King George, while newcomer Arsema Thomas will portray a young Agatha Danbury AKA Lady Danbury.

Game of Thrones veteran Michelle Fairley will portray Princess Augusta, with the official description noting her as being "determined to maintain her family’s power".

It adds that "the Dowager Princess does what it takes to secure her son’s place as monarch amidst a changing, modernising Britain".

Other cast members include Sam Clemmett as a young Brimsley, Richard Cunningham as Lord Bute, Tunji Kasim as Adolphus, Rob Maloney as the Royal Doctor, and Cyril Nri as Lord Danbury.

Meanwhile, Rosheuvel will reprise her role as an older Queen Charlotte, opposite Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury, Ruth Gemmell as Violet, Dowager Countess Bridgerton, and Hugh Sachs as Brimsley.

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
Adjoa Andoh as Lady Agatha Danbury and Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. Nick Wall/Netflix

As Bridgerton's showrunner Chris Van Dusen previously stated: "Bridgerton isn't a history lesson. Our show is for a modern audience, featuring modern themes and characters, so we took liberties in our re-imagining.

"Our take on race in the series is an example of how we mixed history within a fictional world... ​Bridgerton is not a colourblind world. That would imply race isn't considered.

"Race is considered, and there are many historians who believe that Queen Charlotte was England's first mixed-race queen. That theory resonated with us hugely.

"What if Queen Charlotte was recognised as being of mixed-race in 1813? What would that look like? What would happen? What if this Queen of England used her power to elevate other people of colour in that society? And that's where the fictional part came in."

The synopsis reveals the show to be a "limited prequel series based on the origins of Queen Charlotte, that will centre on the rise and love life of a young Charlotte. The spinoff will also tell the stories of young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.”

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Is there a trailer for Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story?

Yes! The official trailer teases the dramatic and often times explosive relationship between Queen Charlotte and King George. Watch it below:

But that's not all, oh no. Another first-look trailer was unveiled as part of Netflix's TUDUM event, teasing an awkward meeting between the pair.

Another teaser trailer landed in February 2023. Watch it below:

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story will land on Netflix on Thursday 4th May 2023. Meanwhile, Bridgerton seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream now. You can buy The Viscount Who Loved Me and the Bridgerton book series on Amazon.

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