Bridgerton series two: Netflix bosses transform Jonathan Bailey into new Mr Darcy 

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Bridgerton’s second series is set to hit Netflix later this month – and this season will be raunchier than ever.

Jonathan Bailey set pulses racing in a new image released on Tuesday in which he is seen in character as Anthony Bridgerton while emerging from a lake with his see-through shirt dripping with water.

The actor, 33, looked much like Colin Firth, 61, as leading man Mr Darcy in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, the 1813 novel by Jane Austen from which Bridgerton took inspiration.

Swoon: Jonathan Bailey, 33, set pulses racing in a new Bridgerton series two image released on Tuesday in which his character as Anthony Bridgerton emerges from a lake

Swoon: Jonathan Bailey, 33, set pulses racing in a new Bridgerton series two image released on Tuesday in which his character as Anthony Bridgerton emerges from a lake

Jonathan’s character Anthony will be seen searching for a wife when the second series is released on Netflix on March 25.

It will follow Phoebe Dynevor and Rege-Jean Page’s romance from the first series.

And Jonathan admitted he felt under pressure to perform and keep viewers enticed for the next instalment.

Strapping: Jonathan looked much like Colin Firth, 61 (pictured), as leading man Mr Darcy in the BBC's 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, the book from which Bridgerton took inspiration

Strapping: Jonathan looked much like Colin Firth, 61 (pictured), as leading man Mr Darcy in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, the book from which Bridgerton took inspiration

‘Stepping into the shoes Phoebe and Regé-Jean wore, and led with so gracefully last season, has taught me a lot.

‘This season has kept me on my toes. I got really fit, I made sure to eat well and get loads of sleep, and everything else just seemed to fall into place,’ he said, according to The Sun. 

Anthony becomes embroiled in a love triangle with Sharma sisters Edwina and Kate after Edwina is suggested as a match for Anthony. However, he is drawn to her older sister Edwina.

Jonathan added: ‘Kate and Anthony are drawn together like magnets. There is this animal primitivism and a wild attraction.

Telling the tale: Anthony becomes embroiled in a love triangle with Sharma sisters Edwina and Kate in season two

Telling the tale: Anthony becomes embroiled in a love triangle with Sharma sisters Edwina and Kate in season two

‘She is this incredible sort of mythical creature to him.’  

Bridgerton fans can expect more sex, more scandal and even more romance from the returning show according to the Valentine’s Day trailer released last month. 

Sharing the trailer on social media with the words ‘love never plays by the rules,’ it opens with the voice of Lady Whistledown, the infamous gossip columnist narrated by Julie Andrews, as she says: ‘Dearest gentle reader, did you miss me?

‘As the members of our ton questioned my identity and means, this author has been doing but one thing.

Comeback: Netflix bosses released the season two teaser trailer on Valentine's Day ahead of the show's March 25 return

Comeback: Netflix bosses released the season two teaser trailer on Valentine’s Day ahead of the show’s March 25 return

‘Honing my skills. No, even better. I’ve been sharpening my knives. For all of you.’

Lady Whistledown was in the finale of season one revealed to be Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan).

Elsewhere in the short clip, the romance between Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan) and new character Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) is teased.

Gripping: Sharing the promo on social media with the words'love never plays by the rules,' the clip opens with the voice of Lady Whistledown, the infamous gossip columnist

Gripping: Sharing the promo on social media with the words ‘love never plays by the rules,’ the clip opens with the voice of Lady Whistledown, the infamous gossip columnist

Newsflash: The publication is sent throughout high society, with many people looking forward to reading the latest words

Newsflash: The publication is sent throughout high society, with many people looking forward to reading the latest words

The trailer is awash with the colourful costumes and beautiful clothes typical of the Netflix series.  

A synopsis reads: ‘Driven by his duty to uphold the family name, Anthony’s search for a debutante who meets his impossible standards seems ill-fated until Kate and her younger sister Edwina (Charithra Chandran) Sharma arrive from India.

‘When Anthony begins to court Edwina, Kate discovers the true nature of his intentions — a true love match is not high on his priority list — and decides to do everything in her power to stop the union.

Identified: Lady Whistledown was in the finale of season one revealed to be Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan)

Identified: Lady Whistledown was in the finale of season one revealed to be Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan)

‘But in doing so, Kate and Anthony’s verbal sparring matches only bring them closer together, complicating matters on both sides.

‘Across Grosvenor Square, the Featheringtons must welcome the newest heir to their estate while Penelope continues to navigate the ton whilst keeping her deepest secret from the people closest to her.’

In January, Bridgerton fans were given a glimpse of the much-anticipated second series.

Sight to behold: The trailer is awash with the colourful costumes and beautiful clothes typical of the Netflix series

Sight to behold: The trailer is awash with the colourful costumes and beautiful clothes typical of the Netflix series

Images showed Phoebe Dynevor returning as the newly-married Daphne Basset, while newcomer Kate Sharma brandished her rifle as she joined her male suitors for a shoot.

The second series will see unlucky-in-love Lord Anthony keen to find a suitable wife to uphold his family name, after setting his eye on new arrival Edwina, her sister Kate is determined to stop their union.

Having taken centre stage in the last series, Daphne will once again in series two, though this time her now-husband Duke of Hastings (Rege Jean-Page) will not appear.  

Exciting: Images in January showed newcomer Kate Sharma (played by Simone Ashley) brandishes her rifle as she joins her male suitors for a shoot

Exciting: Images in January showed newcomer Kate Sharma (played by Simone Ashley) brandishes her rifle as she joins her male suitors for a shoot

Instead it appears she’ll be as involved as ever in her brother Anthony’s love life, as he grows more determined than ever to find a wife.

Another image features series lead Kate enjoying a shoot with her rifle in hand, surrounded by male companions, including Anthony, Benedict Bridgerton (Luke Thompson) and his brother Jack (Rupert Young). 

While it appears Kate is determined to thwart Anthony’s plans to marry her sister, it appears their verbal sparring may really bring them closer together, as another image shows the pair during a passionate dance. 

Stay away! After Lord Anthony sets his sights on her sister Edwina following their arrival from India, Kate is determined to put a stop to their union

What's going on? While it appears Kate is determined to thwart Anthony's plans to marry her sister, it appears their verbal sparring may really bring them closer together

What’s going on? While it appears Kate is determined to thwart Anthony’s plans to marry her sister, it appears their verbal sparring may really bring them closer together

Found out? Desperate to keep her identity as Lady Whistledown a secret, Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) is in a tense exchange with Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie)

Here they come! Another image features Penelope donning a stunning gold gown, as she joins her sisters Prudence, Philipa and her mother Lady Portia descending a grand staircase

Here they come! Another image features Penelope donning a stunning gold gown, as she joins her sisters Prudence, Philipa and her mother Lady Portia descending a grand staircase

Golda Rosheuvel, who plays the regal Queen Charlotte, is embrossed in yet another of Lady Whistledown’s publications in one image, which also teases some of the show’s grand sets with a landscape view of a gold ballroom.

Elsewhere, desperate to keep her identity as the ominpotent Lady Whistledown a secret, Penelope can be seen in a tense exchange with her close friend Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie). 

Another image features Penelope donning a stunning gold gown, as she joins her sisters Prudence (Bessie Carter), Philipa (Harriet Cains) and her mother Lady Portia (Polly Walker) descending a grand staircase at a ball.

The final image sees the Bridgerton brothers in yet another fencing duel, keen to keep their physiques in top shape in their quests to find a wife.

Bridgerton returns for its second season on March 25 2022.

Screen return: Bridgerton returns for its second season on March 25 2022

Screen return: Bridgerton returns for its second season on March 25 2022

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