‘Bridgerton’ Star Simone Ashley Confirmed She's Returning For Season 3: "Kate And Anthony Are Just Getting Started"

The British actress plays the love interest of Jonathan Bailey's leading character.

Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey pose in the winners room during the EE British Academy Film Awards 2022 at Royal Albert Hall on March 13, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

Season 3 of Netflix's hit Bridgerton has been confirmed! Jonathan Bailey (Anthony Bridgerton) and Simone Ashley (Kate Bridgerton née Sharma) are set to appear in the upcoming season. Ashley herself reaffirmed the news telling Deadline that "Kate and Anthony are just getting started." "We're going to be back!" she told the outlet. "We have the amazing Jess Brownell who is taking the lead as showrunner in Season 3. In Season 2, 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. I’d like to see Kate just let go a bit more and play more in Season 3 and kind of swim in that circle of love together. I think they both deserve it."


The 27-year-old actress plays Kate Sharma who is the love interest of Jonathan Bailey's leading character, Anthony Bridgerton, in the second season of the drama. The debut season followed the romance between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Duke Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page). Fans were swooning over Regé-Jean Page who played Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, but the star did not return for a second season. Back in April 2021, he told Variety that he knew his time on the show was going to be short-lived because he only had a one-season deal. “It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end—give us a year,” Page said at the time. “(I thought) ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit, and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”


The show is based on the popular book series by Julia Quinn and each novel focuses on the love life of a Bridgerton sibling. According to Marie Claire, if one were to follow the order of Quinn's series it starts with Daphne and then follows the children in alphabetical/age order (Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Eloise, Francesca, Hyacinth, Gregory). So could we have a Cinderella-esque depiction of Benedict's love story like the next novel An Offer From a Gentleman? Netflix may change the storylines from the books in another order. 


In an Entertainment Tonight interview, executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Chris Van Dusen revealed that the next season could follow its own path. "There's eight Bridgerton siblings, so we're planning on following each one of the siblings' romantic stories," Rhimes confirmed, but "we're not necessarily going in order but we are going to be seeing each of the siblings and their stories." "I can’t mention or talk about anything after this season, [but] it was always my goal to focus on a different Bridgerton sibling every season and it’s no secret there are eight Bridgerton siblings," Van Dusen said. "In success we will be on as long as Netflix will have us but I would love to focus on every single one of those eight Bridgerton siblings and tell romance stories for all of them."