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Bridgerton prequel FIRST LOOK: Golda Rosheuvel looks solemn as Queen Charlotte as filming begins

Production of the new Bridgerton prequel was well underway on Wednesday as Golda Rosheuvel filmed some of her first scenes as Queen Charlotte.

It was announced last year that a spin-off series charting the younger years of the flamboyant and gossip-hungry monarch would be in the works, with the show written and produced by Bridgerton creator Shonda Rhimes.

As first look pictures show, filming has already gathered pace as a plethora of cast and crew gathered on set to film what appeared to be a funeral. 

Her Majesty: Golda transformed into Queen Charlotte while filming new scenes

Breaking news from the ton! Production of the new Bridgerton prequel was well underway on Wednesday as Golda Rosheuvel filmed some of her first scenes as Queen Charlotte

Taking centre stage was actress Golda, 52, who’s character led the mourning but still looked as fabulous as ever in an elaborate bluish-grey wig topped off with a dazzling crown.

She was also seen to don dark navy robes, with the outfit finished off with sparkling diamond and emerald drop earrings.

Golda was seen getting stuck into her role, sporting her character’s signature scowl as she gazed out of the window of her horse-drawn carriage.

Though at some points she appeared to break character as she playfully pulled a number of expressions.

New: It was announced last year that a spin-off series charting the younger years of the flamboyant and gossip-hungry monarch would be in the works, with the show written and produced by Bridgerton creator Shonda Rhimes

New: It was announced last year that a spin-off series charting the younger years of the flamboyant and gossip-hungry monarch would be in the works, with the show written and produced by Bridgerton creator Shonda Rhimes

Also present during filming was actor Hugh Sachs, 58, who plays Queen Charlotte’s bumbling right hand man Brimsley. 

He was seen dressed in all his finery as his character led the Queen’s ladies in waiting amid a large body of troops and horses. 

Like the sovereign, the ladies in waiting also donned dark capes and elaborate wigs, with the women cutting solemn figures as they walked. 

Not present in scenes was actress, India Ria Amarteifio, who is set to play the young Queen. While the likes of the Bridgerton, Sharma and Featherington families were also missing.

Sad day: As first look pictures show, filming has already gathered pace as a plethora of cast and crew gathered on set to film what appeared to be a funeral

Sad day: As first look pictures show, filming has already gathered pace as a plethora of cast and crew gathered on set to film what appeared to be a funeral

Regal: Taking centre stage was actress Golda, 52, who's character led the mourning but still looked as fabulous as ever in an elaborate bluish-grey wig topped off with a dazzling crown

Regal: Taking centre stage was actress Golda, 52, who’s character led the mourning but still looked as fabulous as ever in an elaborate bluish-grey wig topped off with a dazzling crown

In character: She was also seen to don dark navy robes, with the outfit finished off with sparkling diamond and emerald drop earrings

Style: Golda was seen wearing the luxury ensemble amid filming for the Regency-era series

In character: She was also seen to don dark navy robes, with the outfit finished off with sparkling diamond and emerald drop earrings

There she is: Golda was seen getting stuck into her role, sporting her character's signature scowl as she gazed out of the window of her horse-drawn carriage

There she is: Golda was seen getting stuck into her role, sporting her character’s signature scowl as she gazed out of the window of her horse-drawn carriage

Set in the mid 18th Century, the prequel examines the young life of Charlotte, the daughter of German royalty who wed British Monarch George III, played in the Netflix drama by Corey Mylchreest, in 1761, when she was 17.

The marriage lasted 57 years and produced 15 children. Miss Amarteifio, 21, who played DCI Roz Huntley’s daughter Sophie in the fourth season of BBC drama Line Of Duty, has also starred in Dr Who and ITV’s Unforgotten.

It will also include the origins of other characters featured in Bridgerton, namely Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury. 

Meanwhile, following rumbles that the second series of Bridgerton didn’t live up to the raunchy heights of the first, it looks as if the producers have taken note, with the spin-off prequel to the Netflix drama, Queen Charlotte, being spiced up to keep viewing figures high.

Her carriage awaits: Golda was seen sitting in the back of a black horse-drawn carriage in new scenes

Her carriage awaits: Golda was seen sitting in the back of a black horse-drawn carriage in new scenes

Is one amused? Though at some points she appeared to break character as she playfully pulled a number of expressions

Something up? The actress pulled a shocked face in the c=back of the carriage

Is one amused? Though at some points she appeared to break character as she playfully pulled a number of expressions

Filming: A slew of extras in costume could be seen bowing to the Queen as the carried rolled by

Filming: A slew of extras in costume could be seen bowing to the Queen as the carried rolled by

Bow down: Camera crew and production members milled about as cast members playing the Queen's subjects bowed down in front of the carriage

Bow down: Camera crew and production members milled about as cast members playing the Queen’s subjects bowed down in front of the carriage

It's all go: Filming is well underway for the new Netflix spin-off series about Queen Charlotte

It’s all go: Filming is well underway for the new Netflix spin-off series about Queen Charlotte

For one scene, a source says, a wall was reinforced. In another scene viewers will see banging headboards. 

According to a source, there were fears that one energetic love-making scene featuring the young monarch, played by India Ria Amarteifio, might be so energetic that it could literally bring the house down.

‘There is a young cast for the prequel and the sex scenes feature them,’ said the insider. ‘It is definitely going to satisfy those Bridgerton fans who are complaining that there are no sex scenes in the second series.

‘In one storyline there will be a headboard banging hard against a wall. It will be more racy than anything from the first series.’

The show’s writers are also keen to address criticism that Bridgerton avoided same sex relationships and has a ‘gay problem’.

One scene will see Brimsley, one of Charlotte’s aides and played by Sam Clemmett, having sex with another male character, called Reynolds. ‘The series will be inclusive of homosexual people and not frightened of exploring gay relationships,’ the source added. 

‘It is something that is important to Netflix too, to make sure that viewers can recognise themselves on their programmes. Hopefully it will solve what has become known as the “gay problem”.’

What a spectacle: A procession of troops and members of the Royal household were seen marching down the street

What a spectacle: A procession of troops and members of the Royal household were seen marching down the street

Leading the way: Also present during filming was actor Hugh Sachs, 58, who plays Queen Charlotte's bumbling right hand man Brimsley

Leading the way: Also present during filming was actor Hugh Sachs, 58, who plays Queen Charlotte’s bumbling right hand man Brimsley

Walk this way: He was seen dressed in all his finery as his character led the Queen's ladies in waiting amid a large body of troops and horses

Walk this way: He was seen dressed in all his finery as his character led the Queen’s ladies in waiting amid a large body of troops and horses

Finery: Like the sovereign, the ladies in waiting also donned dark capes and elaborate wigs, with the women cutting solemn figures as they walked

Elegant: The ladies sported dark capes and dresses amid the funeral scenes

Finery: Like the sovereign, the ladies in waiting also donned dark capes and elaborate wigs, with the women cutting solemn figures as they walked

Roles: Not present in scenes was actress, India Ria Amarteifio, who is set to play the young Queen. While the likes of the Bridgerton, Sharma and Featherington families were also missing

Roles: Not present in scenes was actress, India Ria Amarteifio, who is set to play the young Queen. While the likes of the Bridgerton, Sharma and Featherington families were also missing

A look back: As well as Charlotte, it will also include the origins of other characters featured in Bridgerton, namely Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury

A look back: As well as Charlotte, it will also include the origins of other characters featured in Bridgerton, namely Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury

It is understood that Lizzy Talbot, the intimacy co-ordinator who worked on Bridgerton, has been hired to help with sex scenes in Queen Charlotte – many of which will be filmed on a ‘closed set’ where the number of cast and crew is kept to a minimum.

‘It is something that is important to Netflix too, to make sure that viewers can recognise themselves on their programmes. Hopefully it will solve what has become known as the “gay problem”.’

It is understood that Lizzy Talbot, the intimacy co-ordinator who worked on Bridgerton, has been hired to help with sex scenes in Queen Charlotte – many of which will be filmed on a ‘closed set’ where the number of cast and crew is kept to a minimum.

Elsewhere, the second season of Bridgerton hit number one in 92 countries and amassing 193million hours of viewing time in its premiere weekend, the highest for any English-language Netflix series in its first three days.

Adapted from The Viscount Who Loved Me, the new season focused on Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and his search to find a wife. 

Just this month, it was announced that the cult hit had been renewed for a third and fourth seasons.

Pomp and pageantry:  The scenes made for quite the spectacular sight

Pomp and pageantry:  The scenes made for quite the spectacular sight

Ooh I say: Meanwhile, following rumbles that the second series of Bridgerton didn’t live up to the raunchy heights of the first, it looks as if the producers have taken note, with the spin-off prequel to the Netflix drama, Queen Charlotte, being spiced up to keep viewing figures high

Ooh I say: Meanwhile, following rumbles that the second series of Bridgerton didn’t live up to the raunchy heights of the first, it looks as if the producers have taken note, with the spin-off prequel to the Netflix drama, Queen Charlotte, being spiced up to keep viewing figures high

Spicing it up: For one scene, a source says, a wall was reinforced. In another scene viewers will see banging headboards

Racy: According to a source, there were fears that one energetic love-making scene featuring the young monarch, played by India Ria Amarteifio, might be so energetic that it could literally bring the house down

Spicing it up: For one scene, a source says, a wall was reinforced. In another scene viewers will see banging headboards

Hot stuff: ‘There is a young cast for the prequel and the sex scenes feature them,’ said the insider. ‘It is definitely going to satisfy those Bridgerton fans who are complaining that there are no sex scenes in the second series'

Hot stuff: ‘There is a young cast for the prequel and the sex scenes feature them,’ said the insider. ‘It is definitely going to satisfy those Bridgerton fans who are complaining that there are no sex scenes in the second series’

Spilling the beans: ‘In one storyline there will be a headboard banging hard against a wall. It will be more racy than anything from the first series'

Spilling the beans: ‘In one storyline there will be a headboard banging hard against a wall. It will be more racy than anything from the first series’

Bridgerton prequel FIRST LOOK: Golda Rosheuvel looks solemn as Queen Charlotte as filming begins SourceBridgerton prequel FIRST LOOK: Golda Rosheuvel looks solemn as Queen Charlotte as filming begins

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