Bridgerton Casts a Fiery New Widow for Season 3

Hannah New from Black Sails joins Bridgerton season 3 as Lady Tilley Arnold, a new character who is a young and fiery widow. 

Lady Tilley Arnold, a fiery new widow, joins the cast of Bridgerton in season 3. Based on Julia Quinn's Regency romance books, each season of the hit Netflix show follows a different member of the Bridgerton family as they find love. The first season of Bridgerton was mostly about how Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and the handsome rake Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page) fell in love through a trick. 

The fan-favorite Duke of Hastings did not come back for season 2, which focuses on Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) as he gets involved in a complicated love triangle with Kate (Simone Ashley) and Edwina Sharma (Edwina Sharma) (Charithra Chandran). 

Bridgerton season 3 is currently being made. It will be about Colin (Luke Newton) and his growing relationship with Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan), who was revealed at the end of season 1 to be the scandalous gossip columnist Lady Whistledown. Francesca was replaced with Hannah Dodd at the start of the much-anticipated third season of Bridgerton. Then, several new characters were added, including Daniel Francis from Stay Close as Marcus Anderson, Sam Philip from The Crown as Lord Debling, and newcomer James Phoon as Harry Dankworth. 

Now, season 3 of Bridgerton is adding more people to its cast. According to Deadline, the new character Lady Tilley Arnold, played by Hannah New, is a "firebrand widow." New is best known for her breakout role as Princess (later Queen) Leila in the 2014 movie Maleficent and her leading role as Eleanor Guthrie, the owner of The Tavern, in the Starz show Black Sails. 

What part could Lady Tilley Arnold play in the third season of Bridgerton? 

Lady Tilley Arnold got married young and lost her husband young. She now manages her late husband's estate, which gives her power and privilege and lets her live her life on her own terms, both financially and sexually. With the addition of Marcus Anderson, Lord Debling, and Harry Dankworth as possible marriage partners for Penelope in season 3 of Bridgerton, Lady Tilley could become a possible love interest for Colin. This would make Penelope's lifelong crush on the Bridgerton boy even stronger. 

Lady Tilley is a new character made just for the show. She doesn't appear in the book on which season 3 of Bridgerton is based, so the writers can make up any backstory or storylines they want for her. Bridgerton season 3 will break with tradition by being based on the fourth book in Quinn's series. 

Jess Brownell will replace Chris Van Dusen as showrunner and head writer. As season 3 of Bridgerton goes on, we'll learn more, but so far, Colin and Penelope's romance is shaping up to be just as dramatic as the ones in previous seasons.


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