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Bridgerton's Luke Thompson reveals cast were only given scripts for TWO scenes before signing up


Bridgerton’s Luke Thompson has confessed the cast were only allowed to read scripts for two scenes before agreeing to join the Netflix period drama.

The actor, 33, revealed the segment in question was an exchange between his character Benedict and sister Eloise, who is played by Claudia Jessie.

He told MailOnline that despite only being given a sneak peek of the show’s plotline and the role his character would play in it, he certainly didn’t get cold feet.

'All I got was a couple of pages!' Luke Thompson has confessed the cast were only allowed to read scripts for two scenes before agreeing to join Bridgerton (pictured in February 2022)

‘All I got was a couple of pages!’ Luke Thompson has confessed the cast were only allowed to read scripts for two scenes before agreeing to join Bridgerton (pictured in February 2022)

He said: ‘Because you only get like a scene or a couple of scenes… that’s all you get, well that’s all I got to start with anyway, you get such a strong flavour and the two they gave me were the swing scenes in season one.

Bursting into a fit of laughter, the SAG nominee added: ‘You always have to clarify what that is.

‘It was just a couple of pages but I thought, “Oh wow, there’s such a strong, clear conversation between a brother and sister that feels like it’s absolutely in the regency world but is also absolutely believable today.”

‘And so it was a no brainer. You could almost read just that and think, “Yeah, I wanna do that.”‘

Phew: He told MailOnline that despite only being given a sneak peek of the show's plotline and the role his character would play in it, he certainly didn't get cold feet (pictured far right)

Phew: He told MailOnline that despite only being given a sneak peek of the show’s plotline and the role his character would play in it, he certainly didn’t get cold feet (pictured far right)

Simone Ashley, who will be introduced as Kate Sharma in the upcoming installment, added that working with such a hardworking group helped her through the gruelling night shoots.

She said to MailOnline: ‘These are all characters that we can all relate to, real human experiences and anything can…

‘As an audience, you can watch these different families and definitely find the uniqueness you might be a part of.

‘And I think collectively as a cast and crew, we’re quite “yes people”. We bring the best out in whatever amongst the night shoots and we were like, “Yes we’ve got this!”‘

Spellbinding: The actor, 33, revealed the segment in question was an exchange between his character Benedict and his sister Eloise, who is played by Claudia Jessie

Spellbinding: The actor, 33, revealed the segment in question was an exchange between his character Benedict and his sister Eloise, who is played by Claudia Jessie

The former Sex Education actress added that she related to her character due to her reserved nature, while adding that the experience helped her ‘get over herself’.

She said: ‘There are quite a few different things with Kate I related to. I like reserved people in general.

‘People where you have to earn their trust to get to know and I saw that in Kate. Maybe I’m learning to be less reserved and get over myself.

‘Also, I like that she has a very warm, soft heart and maybe has an exterior where she’s quite protective of that and that’s mirrored in where she is protective of her family.

Wow! He said: 'Because you only get like a scene or a couple of scenes... that’s all you get, well that's all I got to start with anyway, you get such a strong flavour' (pictured in-character)

Wow! He said: ‘Because you only get like a scene or a couple of scenes… that’s all you get, well that’s all I got to start with anyway, you get such a strong flavour’ (pictured in-character)

‘I’m the youngest in my family as well so I wouldn’t say I have that role but I think when one has a soft heart, it’s good to protect it.’

Based on a series of books of the same name by Julia Quinn, Bridgerton follows the eight siblings of the Bridgerton family as they attempt to find love in Regency-era England.

In the upcoming second series, Lady Danbury takes in the Sharma family – sisters Kate (Simone) and Edwina (Charithra), and their mother Lady Mary (Shelley Conn) – who travel to London from India to take part in the social season.

Both sisters quickly fall for the charms of Lord Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey.

Adapted from The Viscount Who Loved Me, the new season is set to centre on Anthony’s search to find a wife.

But in true Bridgerton fashion, ‘a considerable scandal’ is promised to ensue when he gets caught up in a love triangle with the two sisters.

The new season of the show seems to be as racy as the last, with scenes of a naked Anthony covering his modesty in his bedroom and in wet clothing after falling in the river as the result of some flirtatious behaviour.

Bridgerton quickly gained the title of Netflix’s most-watched series to date, garnering over 82 million views worldwide.

Bridgerton Season Two will stream on Netflix from March 25.

Talented: Simone Ashley, who plays Kate Sharma, added that working with such a hardworking group helped her through the gruelling night shoots (pictured in-character)

Talented: Simone Ashley, who plays Kate Sharma, added that working with such a hardworking group helped her through the gruelling night shoots (pictured in-character)

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