Regé-Jean Page will not return for the second series of Bridgerton.
The 31-year-old actor shot to international fame as the Duke of Hastings in the Netflix series but it has been confirmed that he won't be returning for the next instalment. However, Phoebe Dynevor — who plays Daphne Bridgerton in the show — will be featured in Season 2 but it is not known by how much.
In a statement, they said: "Dear Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings.
"We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family. Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer — more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear."
As shocking as it sounds, the duke’s departure may not come as a surprise for fans of the Julia Quinn novels, which the series is based on: the character’s storyline largely plays out in the first book The Duke and I.
Page himself wasn’t surprised either. In fact, that was why he signed up for the show in the first place: it was a one-season gig.
Speaking to Variety, the British-Zimbabwean actor said, “[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.”
He added, “One of the things that is different about this [romance] genre is that the audience knows the arc completes. They come in knowing that, so you can tie people in emotional knots because they have that reassurance that we’re going to come out and we’re going to have the marriage and the baby.”
Page also took to Instagram to reminisce his experience on the series, “The ride of a life time.”
Shonda Rhimes, who produced Bridgerton, posted a tribute to the actor on social media after news broke of the duke’s departure. She wrote: “Remember: the Duke is never gone. He’s just waiting to be binge watched all over again."
Page recently finished filming the Russo brothers' Netflix spy thriller The Gray Man, starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans. He will next star in the live-action adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons. — BANG SHOWBIZ
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