Bridgerton season 2 is baby, baby. And with it, we’re expecting a whole lot of fresh High Society scandal. The Bridgerton family, their potential partners and all the gossipy folks that make up the ton are here to consume our every waking moment once again – but how well do you know the show’s characters?
If you’re a little confused by the Bridgerton family tree and the placements of all the other big names in High Society in the series, here’s a simple reminder so you’re fully prepped for all the drama in season 2.
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The Bridgertons family tree
Daphne Basset neé Bridgerton, and her love story with the Duke (Simon Basset), was the centre of season 1 of the show. She is the fourth child in the family and the eldest daughter of the bunch.
Anthony is the starring Bridgerton in season 2 of the shows and the eldest Bridgerton child.
In season 1 we see that Anthony is friends with Simon Basset – he is actually is the reason the Duke and Daphne cross paths. Across season 1 this Bridgerton has a casual fling with Siena Rosso, but in season 2 we’ll see his love story with Kate Sharma develop.
Benedict is the second child in the Bridgerton family tree and we assume season 3 of the show will focus on his love life, based on the book An Offer from a Gentleman.
In season 1 of the show, we saw Benedict experiment with his sex life at assorted parties (some thought a queer storyline was on the way but, alas, no). Love has not entered into his life just yet, but a sexual relationship with Genevieve Delacroix did kick off.
Ah, sweet young Colin. The third eldest Bridgerton son found himself embroiled in something of a love triangle in season 1 of the show.
Penelope Featherington has long had feelings for Colin, but he temporarily became engaged to Marina Thompson – unaware that she was pregnant with another man at the time (big Regency-era scandal).
Eloise Bridgerton is the fifth eldest Bridgerton sibling and second daughter.
She has no interest in romance or men and is far more drawn in by literature and education.
We don’t know all that much about Miss Francesca aside from the fact that she is the sixth-eldest Bridgerton sibling and third daughter in the family tree.
During season 1, Francesca left to practice pianoforte with their Aunt Winnie.
Gregory is one of the youngest Bridgerton children in the family tree. He tends to play with Hyacinth a fair bit. He doesn’t have a huge role as yet, but in time that’ll change.
Hyacinth Bridgerton is the youngest child in the family tree and she’s very excited by the idea of seeing her siblings enter into high society. Bless.
Viscount Edmund Bridgerton
Lord Bridgerton was the patriarch of the family, but died while his wife Victoria was pregnant with their youngest child, Hyacinth.
Violet Bridgerton is widow to Edmund and mother to all eight Bridgerton children. Incredible, right? She assists with the planning of the social debuts of her daughter Daphne in season 1 and will likely be very invested in the love story of Anthony come season 2.
She is something of a matchmaker for her children – well, she tries to be – as the family navigates the ups and downs of High Society.
Bridgerton’s High Society
No Bridgerton experience is complete without an introduction to season 1’s main man, the Duke, Simon Basset. A former ‘rake’ (fuckboi) turned romantic lead and husband to Daphne, this is the man that won the affections of most of us watching at home.
Queen Charlotte is a gossip-obsessed, fabulous leader and wife to King George III.
As mentioned earlier, Marina Thompson found herself up the duff after a brief love affair and became engaged to Colin Bridgerton as an attempt to hide the pregnancy from High Society.
Anthony Bridgerton’s casual(ish) lover in season 1 and a talented opera singer.
Lady Danbury is one of the more influential members of the ton. She is Simon’s mentor, and has cared for him since he was a child.
The anonymous gossip writer who reports on the scandals that hit the ton. Lady Whistledown is, in fact, Penelope Featherington, but the people of High Society are yet to learn that.
The Duke’s good friend and boxing buddy.
The longtime housekeeper in the Featherington household.
The ton’s stylish Modiste (or dressmaker) who has a way of spreading news around town.
Prince Friedrich is the Prince of Prussia and Nephew to Queen Charlotte. He came to London in season 1 looking for a wife and was briefly drawn by Daphne.
The youngest Featherington child and our very own Lady Whistledown. Penelope is good friends with Eloise and cousins with Marina – she has had a crush on Colin for some time now.
Prudence is the eldest Featherington child and a fellow debutante to Daphne in season 1. She’s very intent on landing a husband – so far, no luck – and she isn’t particularly kind.
Philipa is the middle child of the Featherington family tree in Bridgerton and has also had trouble finding a husband due to family’s circumstances.
Lady Portia Featherington
Portia Featherington is the matriarch of the family, and she is intent on getting her daughters married off soon. She’s also responsible for locking Marina away because of her pregnancy. Messed up.
Newcomers to the Bridgerton family tree in season 2
Kate Sharma is the whip-smart leading lady of season 2 of Bridgerton and Anthony’s main love interest.
Edwina is the younger well-mannered sister of Kate and the woman whom Anthony thinks he’ll start a life with during season 2 of Bridgerton.
The character of Mary in Bridgerton season 2 is mother to Edwina and Kate Sharma.
We don’t know much about Jack just yet but he has newly joined the ton and has connections in all kinds of places.
Like Jack, we don’t know much about Theo, but he is described as “a printer’s assistant who fights for justice”.
For all of you waiting patiently, season 2 of the Bridgerton series is streaming on Netflix from March 25, 2022.
This article on the characters that make up the Bridgerton family tree has been updated since its original publish date.