BRIDGERTON is a stylish new romantic drama based in Regency-era London.
Shonda Rhimes will produce her very first Netflix show and Julie Andrews will narrate the series, which is set to hit screens on Christmas Day 2020.
Who plays Basset in Bridgerton?
Simon Basset is played by Zimbabwean-born actor Regé-Jean Page.
Born in the country's capital city of Harare, Regé, 30, moved to London at the age of 14 and began acting on stage, appearing in The History Boys and Merchant Of Venice opposite Jonathan Pryce.
He also starred on the final season of BBC Three drama series Waterloo Road in 2015.
Page made his debut in America when he starred in History Channel's remake of Roots in 2016.
What else has Regé-Jean Page starred in?
In 2017 he was cast in the legal drama series For the People, which was produced by Rhonda Rhimes, the same producer of Bridgerton.
The series lasted for two seasons before it was cancelled in 2019.
Page also appeared in the 2018 post-apocalyptic film Mortal Engines and featured in the 2020 drama film Sylvie's Love alongside Tessa Thompson.
What has he said about Bridgerton?
Commenting on what his character represents in Bridgerton, he shared: "Simon represents a fairly common archetype about the male antihero; the attractive male romantic as it is tall, dark, brooding, mysterious and utterly broken."
He added: “You realise that these characters are dealing with very 21st-century problems in the show; people have always had the same desires and needs, no matter whether it’s 200 years ago or now, it’s just dressed up in different clothes and shaped by different societal restrictions.
“We’re seeing this Regency romance through a feminist lens, examining what masculinity means for a broken antihero like my character and how he can then allow himself to change and be loved.”
Regé hopes viewers will see the series as “warm Regency hug – a wonderful escapist fantasy of ambition and romance and a reminder of the joys of social connection in a year where we have struggled to be able to see one another and might still”.
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