By Kirsty Bachor
13th January 2021
It’s nothing new to learn that the world loves a good Regency drama, but Bridgerton has stepped it up for Netflix’s latest offering, in a take on the era which sees the young girls clamouring for a husband amidst the gossip of an unknown and troublesome Lady Whistledown. Not to mention Mr Darcy can well and truly step aside in light of the Duke of Hastings…
And yes, that is Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy you heard on orchestra, as if this show couldn’t get any cooler.
While the show has presented many suitable offerings for the dating pool, how are the stars faring in real life? Who are they dating? Are they dating at all? Are we in with a chance?
If you haven’t already finished the show, spoilers may be ahead!
We first meet Henry after being slated for his artistic style by Bridgerton brother, Benedict. Henry develops into a highly interesting character when revealing his private art studio to Benedict, and his other pursuits soon become clear…
While many fans may have expected Henry and Benedict to have a little romantic something, it sadly doesn’t happen!
In a move that Anthony Bridgerton would be proud of, actor Julian is actually married to opera singer Kate Royal in real life. They have a son and daughter together.
The pair married in 2010.
It can be hard to keep track of which Bridgerton brother is which, but Colin is the one with perhaps the most sensational hair and who decides to cause a scandal in the show by proposing to a certain pregnant lady…
Although, many fans would be rooting for him and Penelope to perhaps end up together with their friendship being extremely sweet.
In real life, Luke isn’t shy about sharing his romance and doesn’t have to worry about causing any scandal. He’s been with his girlfriend, Jade Davies, since around 2019, and the pair seem very happy together based on his loved-up Instagram posts.
Jade Davies is an actress in her own right, and the pair live together in London.
Prince Friedrich of Prussia
While it could be said that Prince Friedrich is supposed to be the antagonist in trying to woo Daphne and come between her and the Duke, in actuality the Prince is an honourable man who wants nothing more than to charm Daphne and buy her pretty necklaces.
Eagle-eyed viewers will also recognise him from playing a certain Cormac McLaggen in the Harry Potter films.
Freddie is actually married in real life, to actress Johanna Braddy. Both actors met whilst filming Unreal back in 2015.
The pair have been married since 2016.
We all felt for Opera singer Siena when Anthony told her to leave (sob), but it soon became clear that their relationship was more than just physical (even though the show enjoyed showing us just how physical they were together).
But Siena and Anthony are determined to persevere through the enormous class divide, as any good couple should.
In reality, actress Sabrina is dating fellow actor Tom Greaves, who starred in the 2019 short film Shuttlecock.
The pair are quite private about their relationship, but even they couldn’t resist uploading an Instagram shot or two.
The beautiful leading lady, Daphne Bridgerton, spends a good deal of the show talking about her honour, reputation and marriage potential. She learns a lot about herself through her alliance with the Duke, Simon, too – including why you shouldn’t go walking alone with him in a hedge maze.
It soon becomes apparent, however, that her initial friendship with the Duke is turning into something more interesting (for both them, and us the viewers!)
A lot of people would love to learn that Phoebe is actual dating the Duke in real life, but alas, she has denied any rumours. It appears at the moment that Phoebe is enjoying single life, but she has previously been romantically linked to a few people, including Sean Teale, who is pictured below…
In 2014, Phoebe was in a then-relationship with a recruitment executive, Simon Merrill, but it wasn’t to be.
This Queen dominates the show, not only visually with her amazing costumes and choice in adorable dogs, but also through her wit and affection for a good deal of gossip.
If we were in the world of Bridgerton, we’d want to impress this queen, too.
Although in the show Queen Charlotte is married to a man descending into madness, in real life actress Golda is loved up with writer Shireen Mula, who she began dating back in 2013.
The couple shared their 7 year anniversary back in August 2020.
In perhaps one of the most tragic and complex ordeals of the show, Marina falls pregnant out of wedlock (absolute scandal) to a man she fell deeply in love with. Whilst being thrown from ball to ball in the hope of finding her a suitable husband, Marina is adamant that there is only one man she loves.
It’s easy to feel sympathy for Marina in the show, and especially when she’s forced to wear so much yellow against her better judgement.
Ruby’s love life is much less complex than her character’s, as it appears she’s currently enjoying the single life (or at least keeping any relationship out of the spotlight).
She’s made it clear, however, that she’s open to life and love.
As the most dominating of the Bridgerton brothers, it’s easy to see why Anthony could outshine the rest, which is pretty much due to him always forcing himself into a room or conversation where his sister is involved.
Anthony is obsessed with finding the right man for his sister, right before sneaking off to the opera for a meeting with his favourite singer and lover.
Although Jonathan isn’t currently dating anyone, opera singer or otherwise, he’s spoken openly about being a gay actor and his own sexuality. Here’s his on screen partner in Company – and we think they look pretty cosy together…
At the moment, it appears he’s happy putting more focus on his career and returning as Anthony Bridgerton, of course!
Eloise provides a character to which a lot of girls will be able to relate, in that she’s just not that bothered about getting married and wants to be left alone to do her writing or further her own education.
Eloise is more interested in finding out the identity of the mysterious Lady Whistledown rather than counting her suitors.
Claudia is very private about her life off-screen and isn’t a huge fan of social media, which means plenty more time spent with her long term boyfriend, Joseph. The pair met in Birmingham in 2015.
They live happily together in a house boat in the city, but Claudia doesn’t like to post photos of her online with her boyfriend.
We all feel for Penelope in the show having to contend with her sisters and mother, as well as having to harbour her crush on Colin Bridgerton, too. She’s one of the most interesting characters, and it’s always great to see an intellectual and independent young woman trying to make her way through the world.
Plus, her friendship with Eloise Bridgerton makes for great viewing.
A fantastic actress you may have remembered from the hit show Derry Girls, Nicola actually keeps her love life under wraps, and isn’t currently romantically linked to anybody. However, to make it up to you, here’s an ADORABLE pic of her looking cosy with the legendary Jonathan Van Ness…
She may be harbouring a crush on her own version of Colin, or maybe she’s just too busy to make her love life known just yet!
One of the dashing Bridgerton brothers, and much more fun and carefree than Anthony, it seems that Benedict isn’t overly fussed about the marriage game either, as he’d much rather sketch and paint (or give a harsh critique of the paintings made by other artists and then get embarrassed about it – adorable).
In the show, we see Benedict finding solace in the private studio of a fellow artist.
Actor Luke is very private in real life, and currently has no social media accounts to reveal any possible love interests or relationships. He can also sketch in real life, so – like his character on the show – may be focusing his time more on his artwork and skills than matchmaking.
We’re sure his role as the adorable Benedict will bring the actor lots of attention, though!
If there was ever a queen of sass, it’s Lady Danbury, and we love her for it! She saw the potential in Simon even if his own father didn’t, and her banter with the Duke makes for great watching.
Lady Danbury may be more concerned with Simon’s love life in the show, however, than her own.
Adjoa has been the star of stage, screen and radio, and has also had success in her love life, too. She is married to lecturer Howard Cunnell.
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The pair have three children together.
Lady Violet Bridgerton
Lady Violet is the type of mother you’d want in a regency era, who only wants the best for her daughters, but also isn’t prepared to put them through hell to get it. Lady Violet isn’t afraid to call anyone out, or do what she must for her beloved Daphne’s reputation.
Her quick wit and caring nature easily make Lady Violet one to watch, but in the show is suffering the loss of her husband, making son Anthony the man of the family now.
While Ruth initially had a happy marriage from 1997 to actor Ray Stevenson, the pair sadly divorced in 2005. The pair had met during filming of Band of Gold in 1995.
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Ruth appears to be enjoying the single life following her divorce.
Compared to Lady Violet, Portia isn’t very likeable, but you can somewhat feel for her in her need to get her daughters married off as quickly as possible, and deal with her own husband’s failings.
Her treatment of her ward, Marina, however is a whole different story – let’s not even speak about that forged letter…
Renowned screen actress Polly has been married to former actor Laurence Penry-Jones (who you might know as the brother of Rupert Penry-Jones) since 2008.
They lived together in the US for a while before returning to live in London together in 2015.
Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings
One of the biggest appeals of Bridgerton is in the form of Simon Basset, the most eligible bachelor who actually doesn’t want to take a wife or have kids, thank you very much. But that makes it all the harder when it turns out he’s falling for Daphne Bridgerton.
You’ve got to feel for the guy, though, when the truth about his dying father and the vow he made comes to light. If I was him, I wouldn’t want to get married either.
So has actor Regé-Jean made the same vows? There are rumours abound that he’s actually dating his co-star, Phoebe Dyvenor, which would be understandable based on their chemistry in the show. However, the actor has denied the rumours.
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He was linked to Misfits actress Antonia Thomas a few years back, but as of 2021, appears single (which may come as a relief to many).