*Warning: This article contains major spoilers for Bridgerton seasons 1 and 2.*

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Finally! After waiting ever so patiently, the trailer for Bridgerton season 3 has arrived.

And it's safe to say the sexual tension between Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) is palpable.

Watch it below:

And if that's not quite enough for you greedy lot, we've also been treated to some new images of the cast, including Hannah Dodd - who has taken over from Ruby Stokes in the role of Francesca Bridgerton.

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She can be seen in one picture (below) standing off to the side of a ball with Penelope, looking slightly nervous.

Will the pair bond over Colin perhaps, or will Francesca follow a similar suit to her sister Eloise and refuse to speak to Penelope?

We've also been treated to another image of Penelope with Lord Debling (Sam Phillips). While we don't know the context of the image, the pair look awfully close.

We also don't know quite how Lord Debling's arrival interferes with Colin and Penelope's own story, but it it's bound to create friction.

While we'll just have to wait and see how the series measures up to the Julia Quinn novels, fans are undoubtedly waiting patiently to see just how steamy the scenes between best friends Colin and Penelope will wind up.

Actress Coughlan recently revealed that it's written into her Bridgerton contract that her parents are to receive a PG cut of the series.

She told SiriusXM Hits (via The Independent): "It’s literally written into my contract. People think I’m like saying it as a joke. I just don’t want to. I grew up Irish Catholic. That’s just not how we vibe."

Unfortunately, one member of the clan won't be back, with Phoebe Dynevor previously confirming her exit, though she did say she's not ruling out a reprisal of her character Daphne in a future season.

Read on for everything we know so far about Bridgerton season 3, including when it's expected to come to Netflix.

Bridgerton season 3 release date: When is it coming out on Netflix?

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington and Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton in Bridgerton sitting together holding hands
Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington and Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton in Bridgerton. Liam Daniel/Netflix

The third instalment will be released in two parts, with the first four episodes making up part 1 landing on Netflix on Thursday 16th May 2024. The second batch of four episodes will then be released on Thursday 13th June.

The two-part release date will follow the release model adopted by The Witcher and Stranger Things.

To celebrate the release date news, Netflix also unveiled an announcement video hyping up how hotly-anticipated the next instalment is. Watch below:

The other good news is that Bridgerton isn't just coming back for season 3, but for season 4 as well!

Netflix shared the good news back in April 2021 in a tweet, writing: "BREAKING NEWS FROM THE TON. Bridgerton is returning for seasons three *AND* four!"

The show's creator Chris Van Dusen won't be returning to Bridgerton as showrunner for the upcoming seasons, with the screenwriter handing over the reins to Jess Brownell for season 3.

Speaking to RadioTimes.com and other press about him stepping down as showrunner, Van Dusen said: "Bridgerton will always have a special place in my heart and I think I did what I set out to do.

"But at the end of the day, you know, it was time for me to move on, and hopefully create that magic again in the near future."

Lady Danbury actress Adjoa Andoh heaped praise on both writers when talking with RadioTimes.com, saying: "So Jess, who's taking over for Chris, is amazing. She, like Chris, has been with Shondaland for a good amount of her writing career, so she absolutely knows how to put a story together, she knows how to make a fabulous structure work in the Shondaland style, so I have no worries about that."

Who is in the cast of Bridgerton season 3?

Hannah Dodd as Francesca Bridgerton and Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton, standing in regal attire, looking nervous
Hannah Dodd as Francesca Bridgerton and Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton. Laurence Cendrowicz/Netflix

The following fan-favourite cast members have been confirmed for Bridgerton season 3:

  • Jonathan Bailey as Anthony, Viscount Bridgerton
  • Simone Ashley as Kathani "Kate" (née Sharma), Viscountess Bridgerton
  • Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington
  • Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton
  • Hannah Dodd as Francesca Bridgerton
  • Martins Imhangbe as Will Mondrich
  • Sam Phillips as Lord Debling
  • Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton
  • Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton
  • Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte
  • Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury
  • Jessica Madsen as Cressida Cowper
  • Martins Imhangbe as Will Mondrich
  • Emma Naomi as Alice Mondrich
  • Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington
  • Harriet Cains as Philipa Featherington
  • Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury
  • James Bryan as Nicky Mondrich
  • Ariella Warburton as Daisy Mondrich
  • Emma Naomi as Alice Mondrich
  • Elias Amos as John Mondrich

The focus of season 3 is very much on the love story between Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton), but it has now been confirmed that "a strong new suitor" will be trying to win over Coughlan’s Penelope, with Lord Debling (Sam Phillips) being a new character for the third season.

How will Lord Debling fit into the growing romantic spark between Colin and Penelope? Well, we'll just have to wait and see.

The news of the third series focus was previously announced by Coughlan on her Instagram, where she wrote: "Like Lady Whistledown I’ve been keeping quite a big secret for quite a long time… but I can finally tell you that @bridgertonnetflix Season Three is Colin and Penelope’s Story."

As for the rest of the cast, Hannah Dodd (Enola Holmes, Anatomy of a Scandal) will be taking over Ruby Stokes’ role as Francesca Bridgerton. Dodd told TVLine in an interview that she was "so excited" to be taking on the role, and that in preparation she read six of Quinn's novels, starting with Francesca’s story.

She said: "I didn’t know what I’d got myself in for, but I needed to read that as soon as possible. It’s such a beautiful book and she’s such a beautiful character. I can’t really believe that I get to play her."

Unless confirmed otherwise, we expect these other cast members to return for Bridgerton season 3.

  • Lorraine Ashbourne as Mrs Varley
  • Ruth Gemmell as Violet, Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton
  • Florence Hunt as Hyacinth Bridgerton
  • Will Tilston as Gregory Bridgerton
  • Polly Walker as Portia, Baroness Featherington
  • Calam Lynch as Theo Sharpe
  • Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown

If the following season adapts the third book in Julia Quinn's series, we should expect Luke Thompson to take centre stage as Benedict Bridgerton in season 4, rather than the upcoming third season.

We could still see an actress cast as his love interest from the novel An Offer from a Gentleman – Sophie Beckett. After all, the pair first meet at a ball and don't reconnect again until two years after.

However, the series may make changes to his story so perhaps we will meet this character but with a twist.

Luke Thompson and Luke Newton sat at a table in a dimly lit pub with glasses on the table and a candle.
Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton, and Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton in Bridgerton. Liam Daniel/Netflix

Despite presumably taking more of a backseat season 3, Jonathan Bailey will be returning as Anthony Bridgerton for the third instalment alongside Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), according to Deadline.

Speaking to RadioTimes.com and other press ahead of season 2, Bailey and Simone Ashley spoke about whether they would return for a third season, with Bailey saying: "We'll have to wait and see if we're invited."

Ashley added: "If I were to return for season 3, I would love to continue Kate and Anthony's love story and see them play post-marriage and enjoy that honeymoon romance that they deserve. And a lot more horse-riding."

Bridgerton. Charithra Chandran as Edwina Sharma
Charithra Chandran does not sound convinced that she will return as Edwina Sharma. Netflix

Meanwhile, Charithra Chandran, who plays Kate's sister Edwina, said that she's not sure if her character will feature in season 3, adding: "For Edwina, I'd say she's not a Bridgerton and at the end of the day, the show is about the Bridgerton family that we know exists in the Bridgerverse, as we like to say. But I've been so happy to have such a great part this season and I'm just grateful for that."

She recently revealed her hopes for Edwina’s future on the show, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “I obviously do want Edwina to find love, but I think there is a far more important story to be told first — and then love can happen — which is one of self-discovery."

She continued: "I hope, at least in the short term, there’s a lot of excitement and adventure for Edwina.”

One cast member who won't be returning is Phoebe Dynevor, as the actor recently confirmed her departure ahead of the third season of the show.

Asked if she makes an appearance in Bridgerton season 3, Dynevor explained to Screen Rant during January’s Sundance Film Festival: "Sadly not in season 3. Potentially in the future."

She continued: "But season 3, I'm just excited to watch as a viewer."

Dynevor’s character Daphne was the focus of season 1 as she embarked on a romance with Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings (played by Regé-Jean Page), but her role became smaller in season 2 as the focus shifted onto a new Bridgerton sibling: eldest brother and dashing bachelor Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), and his new love interest Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley).

What will Bridgerton season 3 be about?

Penelope in Bridgerton season 3
Penelope in Bridgerton season 3 Netflix

The new season of Bridgerton will focus on the budding relationship between Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington, with the series putting the pair majorly in the limelight. The third season deviates from the book order slightly and will not be based on the third book of Quinn’s Bridgerton series, An Offer from a Gentleman.

Instead, the hit Regency romance will skip to the fourth book, Romancing Mr Bridgerton, which explores Colin and Penelope’s love story.

But as Penelope also leads a double life as Lady Whistledown, will she be able to keep her alter ego a secret or will her new romance come to threaten her place in the Ton?

The official synopsis for season 3 has now been revealed and reads: "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."

A poster for Bridgerton season 3, portraying Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) looking at herself in a hand mirror
A poster for Bridgerton season 3.

Another synopsis was revealed via a Bridgerton gift box shared by Meghan O'Keefe on Twitter. Read the full Bridgerton season 3 synopsis below:

"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."

It continued: "But he's disheartened to realise 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."

Talking about what fans can expect in season 3, Coughlan recently told Netflix Tudum: "I feel like if you see Penelope fawning over this boy for another season, you’ll be like, 'Get it together! Come on, move on and get over it'. Jess has talked to Luke and I through the season, and I think people are going to be really obsessed. I think book fans are going to be happy."

Cast member Ashley Simone previously told E! News that the next instalment will “get super steamy”.

Speaking to the publication, she said fans can expect “condensation central”, teasing: “I'm very happy when I'm reading the scripts. When I receive them, I've got a beaming smile on my face."

Referencing the romance between Colin and Penelope, she added: “It's Polin, love and new beginnings.”

In addition, the next season is also likely to explore the repercussions of Eloise discovering Penelope is Lady Whistledown in season 2, as well as telling us whether the Featheringtons recover their financial position after cousin Jack turned out to be a fraudster.

What's more, as detailed above, Anthony and Kate are set to return for the third instalment, but what exactly is going to unfold between the pair remains to be seen.

Bridgerton season 3 episode titles

The episode titles for Bridgerton season 3 have now also been revealed! They are as follows:

  • Episode 1 - Out of the Shadows
  • Episode 2 - How Bright the Moon
  • Episode 3 - Forces of Nature
  • Episode 4 - Old Friends
  • Episode 5 - Tick Tock
  • Episode 6 - Romancing Mister Bridgerton
  • Episode 7 - Joining of Hands
  • Episode 8 - Into the Light

Is there a trailer for Bridgerton season 3?

Yes! At long last, we finally have the official trailer for the third season of Bridgerton, which you can view at the beginning of this article.

The news of the trailer's release was teased just the day before, with a sneak peek at the main cast on X (formerly known as Twitter).

The trailer comes after a slew of clips and teasers for the new season, with the Valentine's Day scene providing a look into a fan favourite moment between Colin and Penelope.

Fans of the books will know all too well about the scene in which Penelope wraps Colin's hand after he accidentally cuts it.

In addition, earlier this year, the streamer offered something for fans in the shape of a peek behind the scenes, with Newton and Claudia Jessie (Eloise Bridgerton) attempting to paint a portrait of their characters while answering questions about them.

Season 3 leading actress Coughlan also makes an appearance and doesn't turn up empty-handed. She revealed season 3's first episode was called Out of the Shadows, and proceeded to read the first page, which foreshadows plenty of change for Penelope.

"The crop this year appears to be rather dazzling, indeed. Unfortunately, not every young lady can attract the light," she teased. You can watch it in full below:

We also now have an official clip of season 3, in which we see Penelope confront Colin over his previous actions - and boy, is it tense.

You can watch that scene below.

Bridgerton season 3 part 1 premieres on Thursday 16th May 2024, part 2 will then be released on Thursday 13th June. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now on Netflix. You can buy the Bridgerton book series on Amazon.

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