Hannah Dodd (Anatomy of a Scandal) will star as Francesca Bridgerton, taking over the role from Ruby Stokes, who left and is the lead on another project for Netflix (Lockwood & Co.).
Who Is Francesca Bridgerton?
Francesca Bridgerton is a bit of a mystery within her chatty, extroverted family.
Yet, despite her reserved nature, she gets along when it comes to social affairs, fortified with a dry wit and pragmatism that confound the fickle ton yet seem to draw attention when she least desires it.
Ruby Stokes originated the role of Francesca but left to play Lucy Carlyle in Lockwood & Co.
Who Is Hannah Dodd?
Rising UK star Hannah Dodd went straight into her first acting job from school, playing one of the series leads in Find Me In Paris, continuing the role in a further two seasons.
Dodd also featured in a recurring role in two seasons of the highly popular series Harlots as Sophia Fitzwilliam.
2022 saw the hugely successful release of Anatomy of a Scandal, with Dodd standing out as the younger version of series lead Sienna Miller.
She then followed this by shooting one of the leads in the mini-series Flowers In The Attic: The Origin – an adaptation of the popular and controversial books.
Dodd plays the same character portrayed by Heather Graham in the original show. Spanning two generations of family drama, the story’s second half entirely focuses on her character.
Enola Holmes 2
Finally, Dodd filmed a supporting lead in the sequel to the highly popular film Enola Holmes with Millie Bobby Brown.
In the film, she played Cicely, a socialite who shows Enola a measure of kindness at a ball where our young hero clearly doesn’t fit in. Whereas the other young ladies pass judgment on Enola and her lack of social graces, Cicely seems to empathize.
Hannah said about her role in Enola Holmes, “I think what’s really cool about the Enola Holmes films is that they focus on female history. It matters — especially with a story like this one that’s based on a real historic moment that hasn’t gotten the attention that it deserves.”
Dodds told Page Six she is very excited to join the Bridgerton cast. “I’m, like, a massive fan of ‘Bridgerton,’ so I’m like, ‘Bring on the steaminess,’”
In a recent interview with TvLine, Dodd said, “It’s such a beautiful book, and she’s such a beautiful character. I can’t really believe that I get to play her….I know how people feel about her as well, so I’m going to do my best,”
Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, Bridgerton is set in Regency London high society’s sexy, lavish, and competitive world.
From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground. At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family.
Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring, and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart while searching for romance, adventure, and love.