‘Sex Education’ star Simone Ashley to lead ‘Bridgerton’ season 2 opposite Jonathan Bailey

“Sex Education” star Simone Ashley is on his way to Regency Era London for his next role.

Netflix has confirmed to Variety that Ashley has been cast in the second season of the hit Shondaland series “Bridgerton. She plays opposite Jonathan Bailey’s Anthony Bridgerton as his romantic interest, Kate Sharma.

Kate is a smart, independent woman who is new to the tones and its many social events (and expectations). For Anthony, winning Kate over is not an easy task.

“Bridgerton”‘s second season will focus on Anthony, the oldest of the Bridgerton clan, and his conflicting quest for marriage. Therefore, the season will be based on the second book in Julia Quinn’s series, “Viscount Who Loved Me.”

Season 2 is set to continue the rediscovered world established in its first chapter, in which 19th-century British high society includes people of all races. Netflix hailed the first season of the show as its most-watched original series to date, and as a result, its stars Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor are shooting up to fame – with Page set to host “Saturday Night Live” this weekend .

Ashley is best known for her role as middle girl Olivia in Netflix’s “Sex Education.” Her other credits include “Sister,” “A Working Mom’s Nightmare,” “Casualty,” “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” and “Broadchurch.”

In the first season of “Bridgerton”, Nicola Coughlan plays Penelope Featherington, Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton, Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson, Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury, and Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte, as well as Luke Thompson, Luke Newton, Ruby Stokes, Will Tilston, Florence Hunt, Ruth Gemmell, Bessie Carter, Harriet Cains, Polly Walker, Ben Miller, Sabrina Bartlett, Martins Imhangbe and Lorraine Ashbourne. Julie Andrews votes Lady Whistledown.

Deadline Hollywood was the first to report the news.

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