L’OFFICIEL’s February 2021 digital coverstar offered a smart candor to Daphne Bridgerton on Netflix’s hit show, navigating themes of gossip, sex, and high society. What’s next for the young, fashionable Phoebe Dynevor? The world, of course.
Even in an era of on-demand escapism and serial streaming, it’s difficult to imagine a more talked-about series in recent memory than Netflix’s Bridgerton. Arriving on Christmas Day from executive producer Shonda Rhimes and based on the bestselling Julia Quinn novels, the Regency period romantic drama proved to be as beautiful as it is bingeable. By late January of this year, an estimated 82 million households worldwide had streamed the sumptuous, pastel-saturated eight-part production.
The show’s first season (a second was recently greenlighted) centers around one very alluring pair of young lovers, Daphne Bridgerton, played by Phoebe Dynevor, and the Duke of Hastings, portrayed by Regé-Jean Page. The two actors bonded early on, getting to know one another between rehearsals and fittings, increasingly aware that they might also soon become household names. Nabbing a Netflix Shondaland show was a big deal, and they were jumping into it head first together. “We had a similar sort of background, a similar history of working. Really, we were at the same level,” Dynevor tells L’OFFICIEL over Zoom. “We knew that this was going to do the same thing for both of us. And there was a pressure behind that and we were both nervous.” Whereas Page had worked with Rhimes before, appearing in legal thriller For the People, the young actress was best known to audiences for the American sitcom Younger and British television series like Snatch, The Village, and Waterloo Road.