Part one of Season 3 of “Bridgerton” was released last Thursday (May 16), and with only four episodes, the period drama has topped the global charts of Netflix. However, while fans eagerly await for the second part to be released, there’s another period drama that has entered the Top 10 in the US, according to FlixPatrol: Queen Charlotte.

Developed by Shonda Rhimes as a spin-off of “Bridgerton,” the series follows a young queen Charlotte (the fictionalized version that we see on the main show) and her love story with King George. The young versions of Lady Danbury and Violet Bridgerton also appear.

Of course, this is not the first time that Queen Charlotte has climbed the charts of Netflix. At the time of its release in 2023, it debuted at number one in 91 countries, gathering 80.3 million views until July 2023.

Why ‘Queen Charlotte’ was a success for the Bridgerton franchise

‘Bridgerton’ is based on the novels by Julian Quinn, with each book following a specific love story of one of the eight siblings. The series, however, expanded the ensemble cast to include other characters that have small roles in the books, just as the queen (who is hardly mentioned).

In that sense, in Bridgerton, the queen, portrayed by the marvelous Golda Rosheuvel, has an important role in all the stories, either helping the couples (like giving her approval to Kate and Anthony at the end of Season 2), or creating obstacles for them (insisting on marrying her nephew to Daphne).

So, it only made sense to watch her own story, adding an important context to her actions in the main series. And the same goes for Lady Danbury, who is also an important player when it comes to shaping what happens in the ton of London.

Queen Charlotte’s Bridgerton prequel: Who is in the cast?

India Amarteifio will play young Queen Charlotte, while Corey Mylchreest will portray the young King George. Arsema Thomas will play Lady Danbury and Connie Jenkins-Greig will play Violet Ledger, before her marriage to Edmund Bridgerton.

On the other hand, Katie Brayben and Keir Charles play Vivian Ledger and Lord Ledger, respectively. The cast is rounded by: Michelle Fairley, Arsema Thomas, Sam Clemmett, Richard Cunningham, Tunji Kasim, Rob Maloney, Cyril Uri and Hugh Sachs.