Netflix has shared a first look at the second season of Bridgerton — welcoming the arrival of its first Indian family, the Sharmas.
Season 2 of Bridgerton will introduce the Sharmas, after the streaming giant announced the family in first look photos last weekend (27 September).
The official photos reveal images of a glamorous female-led Indian family upon arrival at a party. The band of new characters includes Simone Ashley, of Sex Education, playing lead Kate Sharma, Charithra Chandran as Edwina Sharma and Shelley Conn as Mary Sharma.
Netflix also made the announcement on social media.
Calling all Bridgerton fans, The Sharma Family has officially arrived thanks to these brand new photos from Season 2 pic.twitter.com/HTswqcFE5X
— Netflix (@netflix) September 27, 2021
The official sneak peek premiered at Netflix’s three-hour Tudum streaming event last weekend, where the streamer announced updates on nearly 100 projects.
During a cast panel at the same event, Chandran said: “They very much feel like outsiders,” who plays Kate’s younger step-sister in the series, of the Sharma family.
She continued: “The Bridgertons and Featheringtons are the core ton. And the Sharmas, they feel like, almost like if the audience who watched season one were kind of put in. They are new. They don’t really know what’s happening. They have their ideas.”
“So I feel like the Sharmas kind of represent the audience in a way,” she added.
When describing the Sharmas at the same event, Ashley said the family dynamic felt like a “sisterhood,” adding that Kate, her step-sister Edwina and her step-mother Mary, are really close and manage to stand out among the other families in the show.
Based on Julia Quinn’s novels, the Bridgerton TV adaptation is admired for its diverse cast and vibrant ballroom scenes. In the novel, Ashley’s character was originally named Kate Sheffield. However, the character was renamed for the show, according to NBC News.