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Bridgerton Season 4: Everything You Need To Know

Will this Bridgerton sibling be the star of the fourth season?
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Bridgerton season three has officially drawn to a close and after a jam-packed final episode, fans are already eagerly anticipating season four.

With an ample amount of cliffhangers to choose from, members of the Ton undoubtedly have many questions. Who will lead the season? Which storyline will the show focus on? Thankfully, the season three finale gave us a hint as to who will be taking over the lead of the fourth Bridgerton season.

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The Lukes: Luke Newton (left) and Luke Thompson. (Credit: Instagram)

Will there be a Bridgerton season four?

Good news Regency romance fanatics! Bridgerton season four is definitely happening.

Before the release of season two, Netflix confirmed in April 2021 that the series would be renewed for both seasons three and four. 

Who is the star of Bridgerton season four?

Benedict Bridgerton fans – our time has finally come. In the final episode of season three, Benedict and Eloise Bridgerton made mention of an upcoming masquerade ball which, if you’ve read Benedict’s dedicated novel An Offer from a Gentleman, you will know is the venue of Benedict’s first meeting with his love interest, Sophie Beckett.

While this on-screen hint seemingly confirms that Benedict Bridgerton will be the star sibling of Bridgerton season four, actor Luke Thompson also teased that his character’s love story would be taking centre stage in the next series.

While discussing the heartthrob success stories of his Bridgerton predecessors, Rege-Jean Page and Jonathan Bailey, Luke told Time Out London, “They’re my canaries in the mine showing me how it’s supposed to be done.”

Luke’s portrayal of the Bridgerton fan favourite has already garnered him an eager legion of fans, given Benedict’s free-love attitude to romance.

Despite remaining humble on whether he would be a sex symbol when the time comes (“Don’t count your chickens,” he said) the actor didn’t appear phased by his steamier scenes on the show.

“My body happens to be Benedict’s body,” he said. “As long as I’m playing a part, people are fantasising about his body, not mine.”

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Benedict is slated to star in Bridgerton season four. (Credit: Netflix)

What happens in Benedict Bridgerton’s love story?

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

If you’re keen for a little insight into the love life of this artsy man with a penchant for hallucinogenic tea, his novel is called An Offer From a Gentleman and follows his relationship with Sophie Beckett.

Following the release of season three, some eagle-eyed fans have already spotted a sneaky hint of how Sophie and Benedict will be introduced to one another on-screen.

Sharing a behind-the-scenes snap to Instagram, a Bridgerton wig artist revealed that Lady Cowper’s name first name is Araminta – better known in the books as the step-mother of Benedict’s love interest.

While the details surrounding his season are still vague, in her novel, Julia Quinn went full “Cinderella”, introducing readers to Sophie – the illegitimate daughter of an Earl, who was left to work as a servant for his wife and her daughters when he passed away. 

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A Cinderella Story crossover? Yes please. (Credit: Liam Daniel/Netflix)

She sneaks out of the house one night and attends a masquerade ball at the Bridgerton’s place, meeting Benedict and falling head over heels. Who wants to bet he has all the detective skills of Chad Michael Murray in A Cinderella Story when it comes to identifying her? If you know, you know.

Years pass and the pair finally cross paths again when Benedict visits her new workplace. Realising she’s in a dodgy situation, he “rescues” her to come and work at his family home. 

They fall for each other – duh – but due to that whole Regency-era society thing, they’re not considered a good match and can’t tie the knot.

A good way of summing it up thereafter would be: chaos ensues, love triumphs, we love Benedict and Sophie. You can buy the book here.

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Luke has been part of the Bridgerton franchise for all three seasons. (Credit: Liam Daniel/Netflix)

Who is Luke Thompson, AKA Benedict Bridgerton?

Luke Thompson is a 35-year-old British actor, best known for his role as Benedict Bridgerton in the Netflix romance series, Bridgerton.

He’s a trained actor, having studied at the University of Bristol and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Interestingly, Thompson spent eight years of his youth in France.

He is known around London for his stage roles, which include productions A Little Life and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

His turn in Bridgerton may have scored him a role in upcoming Netflix mini-series, Transatlantic.

While some might interpret Thompson’s theatre fame and string of Shakespearean roles as being more ‘serious’ than Benedict Bridgerton, Thompson has been quick to defend the romantic genre.

“I think misogyny has played a large part [in the misinterpretation of the romance genre]. It’s often labelled as over-the-top or silly. And I think: Take a look at sci-fi. That’s f—ing stupid too,” he told Time Out London.

Outside the world of The Ton, Luke is also rumoured to be in a relationship with his Bridgerton co-star Harriet Cains, who portrays Phillippa Featherington. 

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It appears Penelope isn’t the only Featherington sister to catch a Bridgerton’s eye! (Credit: Instagram)

When will season four of Bridgerton be released? 

After basking in the friends-to-lovers glory of Colin and Penelope’s love story, fans can’t wait to indulge in another eight episodes of Bridgerton’s trademark Regency-era romances.

Sadly for us, it appears that there will be an extended wait between Bridgerton season three and season four, with showrunner Jess Brownwell revealing that the new series will not hit our screens until at least 2026.

“We are working to try and put the seasons out more quickly, but they do take eight months to film and then they have to be edited, and then they have to be dubbed into every language,” Jess told The Hollywood Reporter.

“Writing takes a very long time as well, so we’re kind of on a two-year pace. We’re trying to speed up but somewhere in that range.”

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