Bridgerton: Is Julie Andrews actually in Bridgerton?
1st March 2021

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Netflix drama Bridgerton became the biggest show ever on the streaming platform after 82 million households tuned in within the first 28 days since release. The show is adapted from the best-selling novels by Julia Quinn and tells a stale of scandal and love in Regency England. The series has a large ensemble including Dame Julie Andrews – but is she in the show?

Is Julie Andrews actually in Bridgerton?

WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from Bridgerton season 1

Dame Julie is the voice of Lady Whistledown in Bridgerton, the scandal sheet writer who seems to be know all about everyone who matters in society.

Her voice features in every single episode of Bridgerton with all the most salacious pieces of gossip of the day.

Dame Julie’s putdowns as Lady Whistledown are every big as withering as those uttered from the acerbic tongue of Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess.

Lady Whistledown also seems to be very knowledgeable about the ways of the world and her nom de plume suggests she is an older lady.

The author’s identity remains unknown to the audience and the characters pretty much throughout the whole of season one.

But by getting Dame Julie to voice Lady Whistledown, viewers are thrown wildly off the scent until the very end.

Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) is even tasked by the Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) to unmasked Lady Whistledown on her behalf.

However, Eloise simply has a series of misfires including suspecting a servant before her theories are torn apart.

At the end of season one, viewers learn it’s actually Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) who has been writing the sheets under the pseudonym of Lady Whistledown.

In Quinn’s novels, readers don’t find out Lady Whistledown’s true identity until later on but perhaps for dramatic purposes, the producers of the Netflix show decided to reveal it earlier.

Although Dame Julie’s voice is featured in the show, the acclaimed actress is not featured on screen as Penelope is the one writing Lady Whisteldown.

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Speaking to Parade about her role in Bridgerton, Dame Julie described Lady Whistledown as “a mysterious and rather sharp-tongued gossip writer of the day”.

She went on to say how the character was “a tartar, and a bit of a naughty woman”.

Reflecting on the process of voice Lady Whistledown, Dame Julie said: “I occasionally guide it, twist it, point it in some direction or another.”

Dame Julie added of the character: “I can make or break anybody, it seems, if I wish.”

Netflix recently confirmed Bridgerton had been renewed for season two with the focus now turning to the eldest Bridgerton brother Anthony (Jonathan Bailey).

Dame Julie will also be back to reprise her role as the scandalous Lady Whistledown, reporting on the latest gossip about Anthony’s plans to find a wife.

From the looks of it, Lady’s Whistledown’s identity will continue to remain a source of intrigue for all the in ton.

Whether Lady Whistledown will ever be unmasked looks like it could be left down to a decision on the part of the writers.

Bridgerton season 1 is streaming on Netflix now

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