Regé-Jean Page was the first victim, and now his co-star: the second Bridgerton to declare she won’t be returning for a later season of the hit Netflix drama is actress Phoebe Dynevor. In a Screen Rant interview from the Sundance Film Festival in January, when the actress’ film Fair Play had its world premiere, a reporter asked if her Bridgerton character, Daphne Basset née Bridgerton, would experience an “interesting dynamic” in Season 3 .
Sadly not in Season 3, she said. “Possibly in the near future. But I can’t wait to watch Season 3 as a viewer. Daphne has to politely decline all of the barrel’s invitations this year, as it seems she’s had enough of debutante festivities. In Season 2, her husband Simon Basset (Page) was conspicuously absent, and Dynevor’s Daphne made only occasional appearances as she tried to convince her brother Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) to get married.
Both Page and Dynevor have movie roles to keep them busy: Page will star in the next one Dungeons and Dragons adaptation, and Dynevor is a star in Fair Play, which was already acquired by Netflix for a whopping $20 million. The fictional couple probably have their hands full with a new baby, and either way, both Page and Dynevor have movie roles to keep them busy.
Dynevor has clearly left the door open for a possible return to the series that launched her career, but Page has insisted that the concept is pointless from his perspective. He is even willing to Netflix to recast the Duke of Hastings, giving another actor the chance to play the part for which he is (now) best known.
“They’re free to do whatever they want,” Page told Variety’s Marc Malkin in July 2022. At the end of Season 1, Shonda [Rhimes, executive producer of Bridgerton], and I had a good conversation. We were pleased with how well we held the landing. Dynevor seemed content—at least for a moment—to accompany her on-screen husband out.