'Bridgerton' casts Simone Ashley as Lord Anthony's love interest

Posted February 16, 2021 9:43 a.m. EST

— Lord Anthony Bridgerton officially has his love interest for Season 2 of the hit Netflix series "Bridgerton."

Actress Simone Ashley has been cast as Kate Sharma, according to a tweet from Netflix.

"Get ready to fall in love with Simone Ashley, who will play Kate in Season 2 of Bridgerton. Kate is a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools -- Anthony Bridgerton very much included."

Season 2 of the series will follow Lord Anthony, played by Jonathan Bailey, on his "quest for love."

The series was created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes -- based on Julia Quinn's novels. The show is the first series for Rhimes under her Netflix deal.

News of a second season came last month, much to the relief of fans. The new season is expected to begin filming this spring but a premiere date has not yet been announced.

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