One of your favorite Bridgerton cast members, Golda Rosheuvel, was in the middle of filming episode three of Netflix’s sweeping Shondaland series when she let me in on a little secret about becoming Queen Charlotte. “I’m wearing two wigs,” she reveals. “It’s a wig on top of a wig! And the three feathers are real hair that Adam James Phillips [the show’s principal hair stylist] crafted by hand. It’s genius. Every look is different.”
Rosheuvel may be talking about her character’s look specifically, but “genius” can be used to describe nearly every character’s costume on the show. Thanks to a lot of wigs, sideburns, and even fake fringe, most of the Bridgerton cast looks completely different in everyday life.
That’s no surprise, of course, considering Bridgerton is set in Regency-era London. But now that over 63 million households have streamed the lavish series, it’s only normal that some might assume Polly Walker (“Lady Featherington”) has red hair IRL or Adjoa Andoh (“Lady Danbury”) walks around with a tiara. Not so!
If you happened to spot the Bridgerton cast in the wild, would you really know what they looked like? (Ok, so you might spot Regé-Jean Page.) Until the inevitable season two comes along, consider this your cheat sheet to help you out. Lady Whistledown would totally approve.