I’m sure by now you’ve heard of Bridgerton, the wildly successful Netflix adaptation of Julia Quinn’s romance novels.
Besides having an incredible cast, beautiful costumes and an addictive Gossip Girl meets Downton Abbey-esque plot, the show — which is set during the Regency era in London — gained a lot of fans for its diverse characters and cast.
Well, in another win for representation, it’s been revealed that the part of Kate Sharma (known as Kate Sheffield in the books) will be played by Simone Ashley.
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You’ll probably recognise Ashley from her role in Sex Education playing Olivia!
Now, if you haven’t read the books, let me give you a bit of background about who this character is and what to expect in Season 2 of Bridgerton.
P.S. We will be talking about Season 2 and The Viscount Who Loved Me, so there will be some spoilers ahead.
According to Netflix, Season 2 will follow the second novel in the Bridgerton series, The Viscount Who Loved Me, which revolves around Anthony (our elusive bachelor) in his search for the perfect match.
A spanner is thrown into the works when it’s revealed that Anthony is ready to marry, but that his future wife’s older sister, Kate Sheffield, is determined to stop the wedding from going ahead. So, you can see how pivotal the role will be in the upcoming second season.
In response to the casting of Ashley, Bridgerton fans were elated. But it was on a whole other level for South Asians, who took this moment as a huge win for representation and to feel “seen” in the industry.
While some were also confused about the change in Kate’s last name, other fans took the time to point out why it made sense, as well as the beautiful significance of “Sharma”.
Like seriously, if you have a problem with Kate’s name being changed, I suggest you look inwards and think about why you’re so mad about it.
To be honest, I was a casual fan of Bridgerton — but after hearing this news, as a fellow South Asian, I am so, so, SO excited to see how Season 2 will play out.
I already stan Kate and nothing will change my mind.