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Bridgerton's Lady Whistledown Voiced By Beloved Hamptonite

Anetta Nowosielska | January 29, 2021 | Culture

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Dear reader, let's talk Bridgerton, shall we?

The mega-successful show became Netflix’s biggest hit ever, but did you know the show's most titillating narrator is actually a Hamptonite?

That's right. Local fans of this sweeping telenovela surely have recognized the voice of fan-favorite and Sag Harbor-based Julie Andrews as the anonymous and witty gossip columnists Lady Whistledown. As the show’s Gossip Girl-esque narrator, the anonymous Whistledown enjoys watching the shenanigans of the locals unfold. Showrunner Chris Van Dusenn's choice to cast Andrews was provocative to say the least.

"I had such a blast writing the voiceover for Lady Whistledown, because she gets to say the most scathing, sometimes insulting things," Van Dusen told OprahMag. "They're not typical things that you would think that would be coming out of Julie Andrews' mouth."

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Allegedly Dame Andrews, who didn't actually appear in the show at all, recorded the entire voiceovers folio at a New York City studio and in her Hamptons' home. As for what she thinks the show's secret sauce is, Andrews told Parade magazine, “It’s glamour, how do the other half live. I think it’s all part of the stories that we loved from childhood, really.”

With more than 82 million households streaming the period series in its first 28 days, Bridgerton stirred so many fans of drama, escapism, lavish costuming, and a very 'easy on the eye' cast, who are now breathing a collective sigh of relief.

Netflix has renewed its Regency romance for a second season. Unlike the first installment that followed the love story of Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), this time the focus is on Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), the eldest Bridgerton sibling, and his pursuit of meeting a love match. According to Julia Quinn's "The Duke and I," the book the show is based on, Anthony's love interest will be the fiery Kate Sheffield.

If the fear of the second season's inevitable ending (rumored to be released at Christmas time later this year) is already striking a fear, please take refuge in the following. There are eight books in Quinn's series, each following a romance of an individual Bridgerton sibling giving Shonda Rhimes, the show's creators, a lot of material to work with.

Photography by: Bloomberg