JAKARTA - Young actress Simone Ashley plays the female lead alongside Jonathan Bailey in the second season of Bridgerton, the Netflix original series and Shondaland.
Simone Ashley is Miss Kate Sharma. Newly arrived in London, Kate is a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools - Anthony Bridgerton very much included. 🐝 #Bridgerton https://t.co/Q5wBwFiNC4 pic.twitter.com/BZd4qOmsln- shondaland tv (@shondaland) February 15, 2021
As previously reported, Bridgerton's second part will focus on Anthony (Bailey) as the eldest son of the Bridgerton family who is looking for a life partner. This story adapts the second book of Bridgerton: The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn.
As for Simone Ashley, she plays Kate Sharma, a smart woman who recently moved to London. According to the story in his book, Anthony was ready to get married but Kate Sheffield or Kate Sharma, the brother of Anthony's future wife, tried to stop the marriage.
The selection of Simone Ashley as the female lead received a positive response from netizens because desi women (originally from India) had the opportunity to show the representation of women other than white.
Kate's last name which was changed to Sharma means happiness and comfort in the Hindu Barmin.
Shondaland changed Kate's last name because Sheffield did not match Kate's Asian character. Simone Ashley herself was first known to play Olivia Hanan in the Sex Education series from Netflix.
The Bridgerton series is very popular with a total of 82 million viewers worldwide as of one month of broadcast. Apart from Simone Ashley, Bridgerton featured Nicola Coughlan, Claudia Jessie, Ruby Barker, Luke Thompson, Luke Newton, Ruby Stokes, Will Tilston, and others.
The plan, the process of filming the second season of Bridgerton will be carried out starting this spring.
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