Bridgerton FIRST LOOK: The cast stand out in bold period attire on the set in South London


Filming for the highly-anticipated series three of Bridgerton continued on Thursday as the cast were spotted on set in South London. 

A first look of the new season of Netflix’s hit show saw cast and crew arrive at a luxury country home in South London, decorated with purple flowers.

An array of currently unknown cast members stood out in bold period attire while chatting in front of the stunning garden.

First look: Filming for the highly-anticipated series three of Bridgerton continued on Thursday as the cast were spotted on set in South London

Several female actors were spotted in long chic gowns, while carrying umbrellas to keep them shaded from the sun. 

They were accompanied by male actors, who looked dashing in 1800’s costume’s which included long suit jackets and fancy top hats. 

The cast appeared to be filming a lavish event as they all gathered in their best gear outside of the grand venue. 

The popular period drama has confirmed that it is back in production after the record-breaking second season was released in March.

Filming: A first look of the new season of Netflix's hit show saw cast and crew arrive at a luxury country home in South London, decorated with purple flowers

Filming: A first look of the new season of Netflix’s hit show saw cast and crew arrive at a luxury country home in South London, decorated with purple flowers

Glam: Several female actors were spotted in long chic gowns, while carrying umbrellas to keep them shaded from the sun

Glam: Several female actors were spotted in long chic gowns, while carrying umbrellas to keep them shaded from the sun

Nicola Coughlan, who takes on one of the lead roles reprising her character Penelope Featherington in the series, confirmed that production was underway by sharing a snap to Instagram of the episode one script.

The Derry Girls star has also been dropping hints about costume fittings ahead of the new series and shared a snap with her co-lead on-screen love interest Luke Newton [Colin Bridgerton].

The third season will focus on another of the Bridgerton siblings – Colin – but will break tradition and skip the third Julia Quinn novel and jump to the fourth, Romancing Mister Bridgerton

Dapper: They were accompanied by male actors, who looked dashing in 1800's costume's which included long suit jackets and fancy top hats

Dapper: They were accompanied by male actors, who looked dashing in 1800’s costume’s which included long suit jackets and fancy top hats

Set: An array of currently unknown cast members stood out in bold period attire while chatting in front of the stunning garden

Set: An array of currently unknown cast members stood out in bold period attire while chatting in front of the stunning garden

New showrunner Jess Brownell confirmed in an interview with Variety that season three is skipping ahead to book four and focusing on Colin and Penelope’s love story.

A potential romance has been teased between the pair throughout the last two seasons, as wallflower Penelope pined for Colin from the side of the ballroom while he took centre stage.

However their storyline ended in an awkward position at the end of the last series, after Penelope overheard Colin mocking the idea of marrying her to his friends.

Scene: The cast appeared to be filming a lavish event as they all gathered in their best gear outside of the grand venue

Scene: The cast appeared to be filming a lavish event as they all gathered in their best gear outside of the grand venue

Making a return: The popular period drama has confirmed that it is back in production after the record-breaking second season was released in March

Making a return: The popular period drama has confirmed that it is back in production after the record-breaking second season was released in March

Brownell explained: ‘I really feel like it’s Colin and Penelope’s time. Because we’ve been watching both of these actors on our screens since Season 1, we’ve already invested in them a little bit. We know who they are as people.

‘Instead of treading water on that dynamic, we wanted to push it into their season. It really felt like the perfect moment to tee it up.’

She added: ‘I think Shonda Rhimes has said publicly before that she wants to have eight seasons. We hope to get to tell every sibling’s love story and they will always be in each season.

Plot: The third season will focus on another of the Bridgerton siblings - Colin - but will break tradition and skip the third Julia Quinn novel and jump to the fourth, Romancing Mister Bridgerton

Plot: The third season will focus on another of the Bridgerton siblings – Colin – but will break tradition and skip the third Julia Quinn novel and jump to the fourth, Romancing Mister Bridgerton

Taking a break: The cast stood in front of a large truck which previously helped build the set

Taking a break: The cast stood in front of a large truck which previously helped build the set 

Previous seasons have taken around a year from filming to release, which could put the Bridgerton season three release date in Summer 2023.

It was reported earlier in the year that cameras would start rolling for the third season in the summer, with pre-production already well underway.

At the second of series two, Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) discovers that her best friend Penelope is Lady Whistledown and has secretly been behind the gossip column for years. 

Moving on: The much-awaited third series of Bridgerton will see Penelope Featherington (Nicole Coughlan) abandon her long-held crush on Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton)

Moving on: The much-awaited third series of Bridgerton will see Penelope Featherington (Nicole Coughlan) abandon her long-held crush on Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton)

In one of the final scenes, Eloise is heartbreakingly seen confronting her friend over her suspicions after she finds hundreds of copies of Whistledown in Penelope’s bedroom. 

Speaking about the status of their friendship in the new series, Nicola told Entertainment Tonight: ‘They have to [reconcile]. They have to, because it would break my heart [if they didn’t]. 

Also, I think, in deep life-long friendships, there are moments like that when you do fight and you’ve just got to learn to grow a little bit. But I think Penelope has got some apologizing to do. I think she has some apologizing to do.’

Pals: Penelope's friendship with Eloise (Claudia Jessie) hit the rocks at the end of the second series - and the pair are seemingly set to grow even further apart in the third season

Pals: Penelope’s friendship with Eloise (Claudia Jessie) hit the rocks at the end of the second series – and the pair are seemingly set to grow even further apart in the third season

A new casting announcement was made when it was revealed that the seventh Bridgerton sibling, Francesca, would finally be introduced in the third instalment of the franchise.

Ruby Stokes was originally set to play the eldest Bridgerton daughter, however due to scheduling conflicts she has stepped down and been replaced by Anatomy of a Scandal and Eternals star Hannah Dodd.

So far, no new cast exits have been confirmed after Regé-Jean Page quit the show following his lead role as the Duke Of Hastings, Simon Basset.

When quizzed on whether he was upset that producers may recast his part, Rege brushed off the speculation and said they were ‘free to do as they wanted’.

However it seems series two leads Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Bridgerton (Simone Ashley) are set to return in the upcoming season.

Speaking to Deadline, Ashley said: ‘We’re going to be back!’ She continued: ‘Kate and Anthony are just getting started. In season two, there was a lot of push and pull between Kate and Anthony, there were complications with the family, and then they find each other towards the end. I think everything is just starting.’

Steamy: Season two of Bridgerton saw Lord Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) becoming embroiled in a love triangle with Sharma sisters Edwina (Charithra Chandran) and Kate (Simone Ashley)

Steamy: Season two of Bridgerton saw Lord Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) becoming embroiled in a love triangle with Sharma sisters Edwina (Charithra Chandran) and Kate (Simone Ashley)

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