‘Bridgerton’ Cast & Crew Tease Queer Storyline

Showrunner Jess Brownell says queer inclusion is a priority.

Dearest Gentle Reader, Bridgerton will soon be introducing a queer love story to the show!

After the first half of season three was dropped on Netflix (and quickly binged), fans began noticing the queer undertones in the friendship between Eloise Bridgerton and Cressida Cowper, leading fans to ask: will this be the start of the show’s first queer romance?

Producers and actors have delivered us some good news on that front.

Claudia Jesse, who plays Eloise, acknowledges that her character reads very sapphic to many viewers. Eloise has a lack of interest in courting or marriage, engages in flirty female friendships (calling on Cressida, anyone?) and has a pretty gay overall attitude. In a recent interview with Business Insider, Jesse says anything is possible.

“I’ve always loved that there’s this coding that people have with Eloise,” she said. “There’s a strength in her that I think a queer storyline can connect. I’ve always been touched by that as a notion with Eloise. But yeah, there’s definitely room for all of that.”

Jesse isn’t the only one with gay romance on the mind. Showrunner Jess Brownell, who joined the show for season three, told Pride last month that queer inclusion is a priority for her and promised a queer storyline will pop up in upcoming seasons.

“This is a show about love in its many forms and I think that it’s only right for us to foreground queer love and to tell queer stories,” she said. “I want to see more queer joy on my screens and that was definitely a priority for me when I stepped into the showrunner role.”

She’s keeping her lips sealed about when this romance will rock the Ton and what characters will be included. Could it be Eloise or her brother Benedict? Maybe a new character will join the cast. “How exactly that plays out over this season and the next couple seasons, I can’t say specifically, but I will say I’m excited for fans to see that,” she said.

In a separate interview with PRIDE, Nicola Coughlan, who plays Penelope Featherington, said she’s on the edge of her seat.

“I’m desperate for it. I cannot wait. I think it will be so beautiful,” she said. “The wonderful thing about Bridgerton is it’s an invented world that has never existed. It’s a Regency London in which we wear all these mad bright colors, it’s really diverse, there’s glitter eyeshadow. So I think there’s so much space there for queer love stories and I think all love stories deserve to be celebrated.”

Out actor James Phoon, who joined season three as Harry Dankworth, the new husband to Prudence Featherington, shared his excitement over the gay storyline with PinkNews.

“Although it’s in fictional Britain, and the representation we see isn’t exactly the way that Britain was in the 1800s, these people did exist in terms of people of different races, people of different gender identities, people of different sexualities,” he says. “Just because we haven’t heard about them before, and because the story and the spotlight hasn’t been on them, it doesn’t mean they didn’t exist.”

While we can’t forget the tear-jerking queer love story introduced on Bridgerton‘s prequel Queen Charlotte, it’s high time for another to grace our screens.


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