After the five Bridgerton brothers were introduced, The Duke of Bridgerton’s eldest son and heir, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton, will be introduced in the new book by Julia Quinn, His Grace in Love , which will be released on June 28, 2015. This means that there are six Bridgerton brothers altogether! But what do we know about Anthony? Here are ten quick facts about Anthony Bridgerton to help you get to know him better before His Grace in Love . . . Introducing Anthony Bridgerton: The Eldest Son and Head of the Bridgerton Family

Who is Anthony Bridgerton?

For many, it’s impossible to picture a world without Bridget Jones. Now, however, she has some family competition. Introducing: Anthony Bridgerton. Jonathan Bailey stars as Anthony Bridgerton in Hallmark Channel’s first original movie Bridget Jones’ Diary based on Helen Fielding’s novel. In Bridget Jones’ Diary, Renee Zellweger portrays a journalist who publishes her personal diary under the name Bridget Jones (based on author Helen Fielding’s real-life alter ego). Following in that tradition is Jonathan Bailey who portrays Lord Anthony Bridgerton in Bridget Jones’ Diary, now available for streaming on Netflix!

What type of relationship does he have with his siblings?

Jonathan Bailey on relationships between his character, Anthony, and his other siblings in Bridgertons: There’s a bit of a power struggle going on between him and Benedict, he feels like Benedict got favoured by their father at times. He has a lot of memories of when they were younger — especially that line where he says to Penelope, ‘We used to be friends,’ [about how they could not be friends anymore because] now we have brothers…I think there’s definitely some sibling rivalry. I remember there was something in one of Judith [Koll]. She wrote a scene where I called Benedict…well, it wasn’t Benedict but it was rather close. And then my sister just had to watch it go by!

Introducing Anthony Bridgerton: The Eldest Son and Head of the Bridgerton Family
Introducing Anthony Bridgerton: The Eldest Son and Head of the Bridgerton Family

Where was he born and where did he grow up?

He was born at his parents’ townhouse in London on May 17, 1817. He grew up primarily in London with his two younger brothers—Leo and Colin—and one younger sister—Georgiana. His mother was an American heiress by way of Virginia named Margaret Chase. When she met his father, who was an earl from a prominent English family, she fell in love with him almost immediately and set out to marry him as soon as possible.

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How did he meet his wife?

Lily was just 16 when she became engaged to Jonathan, becoming a viscountess at age 17. She fell madly in love with him. She couldn’t believe that he loved her as well, considering how beautiful she thought she was. At 17 years old, how could anyone love her? When they were first engaged, they argued almost constantly but in time, their fights turned into a passionate form of foreplay that made them feel more connected to each other than ever before. They knew they were meant for each other.

What role does he play in his marriage?

He is protective of his wife and dotes on her. He wants to be sure that she is treated properly and not scared by him. He doesn’t want her to feel as if he does not respect her opinions or feelings. He seems like a strong character, but I really liked how he tried to fight for his wife when she wouldn’t marry him! I loved that little bit because it showed that even though he was very set in his ways he knew what was best for him at least! So there you have it readers, now you can get yourself all worked up about a fictional character! But seriously read Bridgerton series it is one of my favorites!!

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What’s more important to him – work or love?

All characters (and people) change over time throughout a series, otherwise there would be no point in writing more books. In regards to Bridgerton, it is his sense of humor that changes as he is forced to deal with life’s challenges. He becomes responsible for other members of his family, especially after his brother Benedict dies on his honeymoon in book five. Anthony also meets someone who forces him to open up emotionally and become more vulnerable in order to love her fully. She isn’t from a good family or appropriate for marriage so he must learn how to set aside certain expectations before he can fully love her back. Overcoming those challenges changes him greatly, but he continues to make mistakes along with everyone else!

Does he change over time throughout the series?

He doesn’t change a whole lot. Though he can be quite cynical at times, he is always there for his siblings. He might say that they are too old to be in over their heads but then he will do everything in his power to save them if need be. He is known for being honest and blunt—something that bothers his brother Benedict to no end—but truthfully it’s something that everyone likes about him. Nobody enjoys having someone sugarcoat things for them, especially if it involves something important. On top of all that, I think he just matured over time.

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Introducing Anthony Bridgerton: The Eldest Son and Head of the Bridgerton Family
Introducing Anthony Bridgerton: The Eldest Son and Head of the Bridgerton Family

Is Anthony a different actor in Bridgerton?

Jonathan Bailey as Anthony, 9th Viscount Bridgerton, along with Harrison Knight as Hugh, 8th Viscount Bridgerton. We’ll see their older brother Benedict (Blake Ritson) in Bridgertons: Happily Ever After? (airing Sunday July 29 at 10/9c on Hallmark Channel). In short, yes. Jonathan Bailey is a different actor than we saw in Bridget Jones’s Diary – that was an Americanized version where he played Colin Firth instead. But never fear…Jonathan Bailey will continue to be seen in other Lifetime movies! 🙂

Is Anthony Head in Bridgerton?

No. No, he is not. But that doesn’t mean he can’t be if he really wanted to. See, in reality, all it takes is for him to want it, for him to claim his inheritance…and for him to get married.

How tall is Anthony in Bridgerton?

At 6’5′′, Anthony is pretty tall, but not as tall as his older brother Benedict (6’7′′) or even Rafe (6’4′′). He looks down on his youngest sister Hero at 5’2′′ but even he has to look up to Benedict! His stature helps create a dominating presence that makes him seem larger than life.

Who played Anthony Bridgerton Season 1?

From 1995 until 2009, Richard Armitage played Viscount Bridgerton. However, in March 2009, he left Downton Abbey to focus on his career in Hollywood. This was a disappointment for all viewers as Tony was considered an integral part of both shows (in addition to being a serious heartthrob). Luckily, it did not take long for producers to find a new actor to fill Tony’s shoes: Jonathan Bailey is ready to pick up where Armitage left off!

Who is the new Mr Featherington?

Mr Featherington was a character in Julia Quinn’s book, A Rake At Heart, who was older than most of her other characters. He was in his early 30s, married with two children. You can read more about him in my book review here: A Rake at Heart (Julia Quinn)

What did the Queen snort in Bridgerton?

In honor of my friend, Gayle’s, book, I have discovered what Queen Victoria may have snorted at her son’s antics in Bridgerton. And no it was not in reference to his nose, but that would make a great story as well. Please check out Gayle Brandeis’ book Heiress on sale April 3rd.

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