A new love story for 'Bridgerton': Show reveals Lord Anthony's Season 2 love interest

Get ready to swoon, because Anthony Bridgerton has his lady.

Shonda Rhimes's production company, Shondaland, announced on Instagram Monday that actress Simone Ashley has been cast in the highly-anticipated second season of the hit Netflix romance as Miss Kate Sharma, the love interest of the eldest Bridgerton son, Anthony (played by Jonathan Bailey.)

And it appears Lady Whistledown will have much to discuss, indeed. 

"Newly arrived in London, Kate is a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools — Anthony Bridgerton very much included," Shondaland described on Instagram.

Ashley is no stranger to Netflix. She appeared in Laurie Nunn's series "Sex Education," in addition to the British crime drama "Broadchurch."

"Bridgerton," based on the first of eight novels by Julia Quinn, was renewed for a second season in late January after becoming an instant hit following its Christmas Day debut.

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Following along with Quinn's novels, which focus on the eight Bridgerton children, the second season will focus entirely on Anthony's quest for love. Her second book is called "The Viscount Who Loved Me." 

In the novel, Anthony, a playboy – or "rake," as Lady Whistledown calls him – has finally decided to settle down and sets his sights on the sister of Kate Sheffield, who at first shuts down their courtship and then predictably falls for him herself.

So viewers yearning for more romantic escapades of Season 1 stars Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) may be sorely disappointed, as the roguishly handsome Anthony and Kate are likely to dominate the screen.  

And Lady Whistledown has confirmed as much. 

In January, the mysterious gossiper announced, via Netflix press release, that "Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season." 

The cast is expected to start filming Season 2 this spring. A release date has yet to be announced.

Contributing: Julia Thompson

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