If there's one character on Bridgerton who always leaves us wanting more, it's out actor Gold Rosheuvel's unforgettable Queen Charlotte -- and with a prequel series centered on her coming from Netflix, fans are getting exactly what they crave.
Netflix originally announced the new series back in May 2021, with Bridgerton showrunner Shonda Rhimes writing and executive producing. The idea for the spin-off came about at the suggestion of Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos himself. "Ted picked up the phone and called me and said, 'Why aren't we doing a show about Queen Charlotte? And will you write it?'" she recounted to Variety.
It was an easy sell for Rhimes. "I'm very obsessed with Queen Charlotte, and I always call her the Beyonce of the show," Rhimes said. "I'm constantly saying out loud, 'God, I love her wigs' -- somehow hoping that somebody will send me one of her wigs so that I can walk around wearing it."
With season two of Bridgerton out now on Netflix, Rosheuvel is looking forward to the future -- well, technically the past. Speaking with E!, she offered up some clues on what this new series will entail. "I can tell you that it's an origin story," Rosheuvel said. "So you will be seeing a younger Queen Charlotte, I will be in it. We have no film date or any kind of scripts or anything at the moment."
She isn't the only returning familiar face. "These relationships are long-lived between Lady Danbury, Lady Bridgerton, and the queen," Adjoa Andoh, who plays Lady Danbury, said. "That's what the prequel is going to talk about. It's Shonda Rhimes writing it, so it is going to be fabulous."
Rosheuvel shared that it would help enrich the world of the series. "We're going to still be in the world of Bridgerton. We're not moving away from the world that we know and love Queen Charlotte to be in. I think that's really clever, because it kind of keeps us on the same track," she said. "I think it's really going to be interesting to see where she has come from and the things that have led her to her in the Bridgerton that we know and love."
When asked by Out if she thinks that Charlotte might hypothetically be queer, Roshuevel said "I'm gonna say yes. Definitely. I think she would be fascinated about everything." With a prequel focusing on her earlier love-life and rise to the throne, we might just get that answer for real.