15 Fun Facts about ' Bridgerton'

By: Abrar Khan

The show was adapted from Julia Quinn's novels.

Since 2000, romance novelist Julia Quinn has published eight books in her Bridgerton series. The author began the series with The Duke and I and finished it with On the Way to the Wedding in 2006. 

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The adaptation is a big deal for the romance novel genre.

"At its core romance is, and long has been, a genre that is almost exclusively written by women, read by women, edited by women, and it's become something that society can look down upon." 

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The series is set in 19th century England.

Regency era London isn't something that we've see on our TV screens in awhile, but we bet we will see a lot more of it in the future. 

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It wasn't filmed strictly in London.

Netflix filmed Bridgerton's street and park scenes mostly in Bath, England. Other exterior and interior shots were filmed at various museums and historic country homes, such as the Holburne Museum of Art and Hatfield House. 

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It wasn't filmed strictly in London.

Netflix filmed Bridgerton's street and park scenes mostly in Bath, England. Other exterior and interior shots were filmed at various museums and historic country homes, such as the Holburne Museum of Art and Hatfield House. 

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The Duke of Hastings's house was filmed at multiple locations.

In order to create the grand Hastings estate, Netflix used three different filming locations—Wilton House in Wiltshire, Syon House in Brentford, and Badminton House in Gloucestershire. 

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Julia Quinn's novels don't include Queen Charlotte.

"Queen Charlotte is the biggest new character and she's fantastic in every way. I go back and forth between: 'Wow, I wish I'd put her in the books.'  

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Queen Charlotte may have actually been Black.

PBS's Frontline claims that she "directly descended from Margarita de Castro y Sousa, a Black branch of the Portuguese Royal House" and cited a number of important historical portraits as evidence. 

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Julie Andrews serves as the narrator for the series.

There's a reason why Lady Whistledown's voice sounds so familiar—it's Academy Award-winning actress Julie Andrews. 

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Bridgerton House was inspired by Princess Diana's family home.

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Queen Charlotte really did love snuff.

Queen Charlotte happened to be addicted to it in real life. Her habit earned her the nickname "Snuffy Charlotte." 

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There were 5,000 costumes made for season one.

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The music is adapted from current pop songs.

From Ariana Grande's "thank u, next" to Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy,” the show tasked ensembles like the Vitamin String Quartet to translate the modern tunes into Regency-style music. 

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Custom portraits were created for the palace sets.

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Regé-Jean Page is a Shondaland alum.

While Bridgerton is certainly his biggest role to date, Page (who plays the Duke of Hastings) has been acting since he was a child. The British-Zimbabwean actor even appeared in Rhimes's legal drama show, For the People, before landing his role in the Netflix hit. 

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