The Bridgerton family has been one of my favorite book series ever since I read it the first time in 8th grade. The witty banter, the various love triangles, and the challenge of trying to figure out who was going to end up with whom all made the Bridgerton series one of my favorites at the time (and now). While I loved the older brothers, what really drew me in was Simon, Duke of Hastings (the younger brother) because he had such a great personality and sense of humor that kept you laughing throughout the whole story. Bridgerton’s Simon Duke of Hastings: London Most Eligible Bachelor

About the Series

The Bridgertons are back! This is how series author Julia Quinn describes her eight book saga about two very different families. The Bridgertons are a very rich family that has grown up with all these expectations; they have standards and values, and no one ever breaks them. And then there’s their neighbors—who don’t know how to read or write because they aren’t from such a rich family—and suddenly someone from that family marries someone from our family. You never would have thought it possible in a million years.

About this episode

Bridgerton’s Simon, Duke of Hastings isn’t your typical hero. While he makes mistakes—like stealing a woman’s diary in order to impress her—he doesn’t seek out forgiveness. And while he swears he isn’t looking for love, as far as Bridgerton heroines are concerned, it is impossible not to fall in love with him. Meet Regé-Jean Page , one of TV Land’s most charming and devilishly handsome stars. He plays dashing roué Simon Hastings on The Countess, which airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

Bridgertons Simon Duke of Hastings: London Most Eligible Bachelor
Bridgerton’s Simon Duke of Hastings: London Most Eligible Bachelor

In Their Own Words

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Regé-Jean Page admitted that it was his idea to make Simon a duke. He said he thought it would give him an air of mystery and that people would want to know more about him. Indeed! From his first appearance in Season 1 through last season’s finale episode, audiences fell in love with Regé-Jean as Simon. We could go on for hours about how gorgeous he is (and we’ve done so already) but what makes him unforgettable is that warm heart and chivalrous personality.

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What I Wish We Knew Then

Sure, we were nervous about what to expect from our first big jobs. But we had no idea just how good it would be. While graduating and getting a job can seem like two different things—the first ending when you walk down your college’s graduation stage and that second beginning when you wake up on your first day at work—there are some important similarities. If you’re moving on to your first real job after college (or even if you’re doing something entirely new), take advantage of these early lessons that helped us blossom into confident professionals.

My 7 Thoughts on the Episode

1. Admittedly, I don’t know much about Regé-Jean Page or his work. However, when I heard he was cast as Bridgerton’s dashing leading man, I did my research and found out that he was in a movie called Straight Outta Compton, as well as one called Selma. Both sound like pretty interesting movies that seem right up my alley; if any of you have seen them or just want to chat more about them after seeing an episode with him in it please leave me a comment below! 2. As far as The Bridgertons goes?

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Quote from this Episode

He is one of those men who has been followed by rumors for as long as he can remember. As a youth, he earned a reputation for being an ill-tempered young man with quick fists and faster horses. Then it was rumored that he’d left England in disgrace and spent years wandering across Europe. Some say his impetuousness got him kicked out of military service; others claim it was due to his atrocious behavior at a soiree hosted by Queen Victoria herself. – The Prodigal Son Returns (Season 1 Episode 4)

Bridgertons Simon Duke of Hastings: London Most Eligible Bachelor
Bridgerton’s Simon Duke of Hastings: London Most Eligible Bachelor

Why did Rege Page leave Bridgerton?

After many wonderful years in film and television it’s time for me to move on to new adventures, he told Deadline. I am incredibly grateful for all of my past experiences.

Is Regé-Jean Page coming back to Bridgerton?

He hasn’t made a decision about whether or not he will return to The Dukes of Hazzard reboot and also hasn’t made a decision about returning for another season in his recurring role on PBS’s Downton Abbey. I know that most actors would love to return to their roles as many times as possible. But with both shows, it all comes down to timing.

Does Simon ever return to Bridgerton?

Season 1 is based on Julia Quinn’s first Bridgerton novel. But if you want to find out what happens to a particular character after their turn in that book, you’ll have to read their own book. In other words: do Simon get married? We can’t tell you without spoiling The Bridgertons—and some fans might not want to know…!

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Why is Simon not in Bridgerton?

Although we’re used to seeing him in a Bridgerton uniform, Regé-Jean Page (Simon Hastings) is not listed as a cast member for Season 1. We don’t know why, but it may have something to do with his character making a big move in Season 2. At any rate, we’ll always be able to rewatch Season 1 on Masterpiece PBS and catch every detail that way.

Who will replace Regé-Jean Page in Bridgerton?

Who will replace Regé-Jean Page in Bridgerton? The book series is a classic historical romance novel and has been popular amongst readers for many years. There is a significant female fan base that waits with anticipation to read about their beloved characters. The actor to play Simon, Duke of Hastings needs to resemble an aristocrat and have good looks. For example, Orlando Bloom plays Legolas Greenleaf in Lord of The Rings . He was cast because he resembled a character from Tolkein’s writings.

Who does Eloise Bridgerton marry?

In Gail Godwin’s witty novels about high society in Regency England, eldest daughter Caroline Bridgerton has spent her 20s jumping from one relationship to another. But it is only after she meets an American that she thinks to ask herself what she really wants out of love. Of course I like men! declares Caroline at one point. I just didn’t want to marry any of them. There’s a difference, you know. Since then however Caroline found love with Alexander Mills and married him when he asked her to be his wife and she accepted his offer right away because they had been together for quite some time and it was fairly obvious that they were going to get married eventually anyway.

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