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Shonda Rhimes reveals key differences between Queen Charlotte and Bridgerton

 The writer spoke to HELLO! at the London premiere

India Amarteifio as Young Queen Charlotte © ,Netflix
Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
May 4, 2023
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Bridgerton creator Shonda Rhimes has revealed the key differences between the new prequel spin-off, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, and the original series.

Speaking to HELLO! at the show's London premiere in Leicester Square in April, the screenwriter said that Queen Charlotte was about "a much more intimate story" compared to Bridgerton. 

"To me this was a much more intimate story and about much more," she said. "It's about a husband's illness, it's about race, it's about a lot more things than we do in Bridgerton, which is supposed to be a much lighter show."

Shonda Rhimes attends Netflix's Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story World Premiere© Charley Gallay
Shonda Rhimes spoke to HELLO! at the show's London premiere

She continued: "I enjoyed getting to do that and keeping the show romantic, funny, witty and sexy."

The hotly anticipated six-part limited series landed on Netflix on Thursday and stars India Amarteifio in the titular role of the young Queen Charlotte, who is portrayed by Golda Rosheuvel in the original series. 

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The story follows Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, a 17-year-old princess who must leave her aristocratic home in Germany for England, where she is to be married to King George III – whether she likes it or not. 

Corey Mylchreest as Young King George, India Amarteifio as Young Queen Charlotte
The new drama is a Bridgerton prequel series

While she struggles to make a good first impression, the royal union sparks a societal shift in the Ton that marks a pivotal moment for English aristocratic culture.

The full synopsis reads: "Centred on Queen Charlotte's rise to prominence and power, this Bridgerton-verse prequel tells the story of how the young Queen's marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton."

WATCH: Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story official trailer

Who is in the Queen Charlotte cast?

India Amarteifio stars as young Charlotte, while Corey Mylchreest and Arsema Thomas round out the prequel's main cast as young King George and young Lady Agatha Danbury.

Game of Thrones star Michelle Fairley, Sam Clemmett, Freddie Dennis, Richard Cunningham, Tunji Kasim, Cyril Nri and Rob Maloney also feature, while Connie Jenkins-Greig plays a young Violet Ledger, described as "a kind and inquisitive teenager who has not yet entered the marriage mart … or famously become a Bridgerton."

Also appearing in the cast are Golda Rosheuvel, Adjoa Andoh and Ruth Gemmell, who will play their respective Bridgerton characters: Queen Charlotte, Lady Danbury and Bridgerton matriarch Lady Violet Bridgerton.

How to watch Queen Charlotte

All six episodes are available to stream on Netflix on Thursday May 4.

Meet the main cast of Queen Charlotte

Sam Clemmett as Young Brimsley, India Amarteifio as Young Queen Charlotte
India Amarteifio stars as Young Queen Charlotte
Corey Mylchreest as Young King George in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
Corey Mylchreest plays Young King George
Michelle Fairley as Princess Augusta in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
Michelle Fairley portrays Princess Augusta
Arsema Thomas as Young Agatha Danbury
Arsema Thomas plays Young Agatha Danbury
Sam Clemmett as Young Brimsley in Queen Charlotte
Sam Clemmett as Young Brimsley
Joshua Riley as Prince Adolphus in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
Joshua Riley plays Prince Adolphus
Freddie Dennis as Reynolds in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
Freddie Dennis as Reynolds

Interview by Nichaela George. 

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