If you simply cannot get enough of Netflix's period drama Bridgerton, we have some fantastic news. The Bridgerton universe is expanding with a spin-off series exploring the origins of Queen Charlotte. The news comes as filming for Bridgerton season 2 has officially started.
The yet-to-be-titled prequel will be written by Shonda Rhimes, Deadline reports, and will focus on the Queen's love life and early years before she rose to power. Bridgerton's producers Betsy Beers and Tom Verica will also work on the new Queen Charlotte series.
The fan favourite queen is played by Golda Rosheuvel in the record breaking Netflix show, and she was created especially for the series and does not appear in the original novels by Julia Quinn. Shonda Rhimes will therefore have lots of scope to delve deeper into Queen Charlotte's backstory.
While Queen Charlotte will be focus of the new series, it will also tell the stories of young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury, the characters played by Ruth Gemmell and Adjoa Andoh respectively.
"Many viewers had never known the story of Queen Charlotte before Bridgerton brought her to the world, and I'm thrilled this new series will further expand her story and the world of Bridgerton," Netflix's head of global TV Bela Bajaria said in a statement.
"Shonda and her team are thoughtfully building out the Bridgerton universe so they can keep delivering for the fans with the same quality and style they love. And by planning and prepping all the upcoming seasons now, we also hope to keep up a pace that will keep even the most insatiable viewers totally fulfilled."
Last month Netflix confirmed that Bridgerton will be returning for a third and fourth season. Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers discussed the future of the show in an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair. The magazine also confirmed that the hotly anticipated second season is currently filming in the UK.
Bridgerton was a huge hit for Netflix when it debuted on Christmas Day last year, with audience captivated by the blossoming love story between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page).
The series soon became known for its raunchy and full-frontal sex scenes, the series was watched by 82 million households in the first month of its release. That figure definitely includes Bridgerton's number one fan Kim Kardashian.
The second season will follow the eldest Bridgerton sibling Anthony (played by Jonathan Bailey) in his quest for love.