You know the story: Two actors meet on set. They share steamy onscreen love scenes, fall in love offscreen, fans everywhere go nuts, and thus, thousands of Pinterest boards and Instagram fan accounts in the couple’s honor are born. For better or worse, that’s all the audience can hope for — that the love they witnessed on the screen, was, in fact, real.
The undeniable chemistry and swoon-worthy scenes on Netflix’s blockbuster, Bridgerton, have everyone wondering if the period drama couples are real-life lovers. Are Phoebe Dynevor and Regé Jean Page grabbing coffee together and gazing into each other’s eyes on their days off? Are Jonathan Bailey and Sabrina Bartlett frolicking around Vienna’s romantic landscapes? What about Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton? Are they exchanging flirty texts with sexually-charged emoji responses between filming takes? Give us something!
If not, who are the real-life lords and ladies who have captured the hearts of Bridgerton’s mega babes? While we can’t claim any of the dirt we dug up on the cast’s significant others is anywhere near as intriguing or delicious as what Lady Whistledown would have discovered, we still have plenty of sizzling details behind Bridgerton’s real-life partners.
Regé Jean Page is single, but looking
Tall, dark, and handsome, Regé Jean Page is perfectly cast as Bridgerton’s scandalous, yet seductive Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. The duke strolls into town as a very eligible bachelor, so naturally, debutantes and their mothers go bananas. Although emotionally plagued by his past, (read: daddy issues) Simon has no intentions of getting married or spawning children. But he’s the brooding mysterious type, so of course, his baggage is worth the drama.
While Page is not dating anyone, as of this writing, in 2016 he was unofficially linked to British actor and singer, Antonia Thomas. After starring in 2017’s Survivor, they attended the film’s opening night together, as well as Disney’s Queen of Katwe’s premiere. Thomas posted a very lovey-dovey photo of them on Twitter, captioning, "An awesome night with @regejean. Honoured to be your partner in crime. #Emmys2016," to which Page responded, "Honour’s all mine @AntoniaLThomas. Best. Party crashin’ crew. Ever."
It’s clear Page is a romantic at heart. Responding to Entertainment Weekly‘s rather general question about what attracted him to Bridgerton, the duke went deep, saying, in part, "A big part of the romance genre for me is in discovering what that true attractiveness is. … What is that jewel at the heart of them? How do you dig that out? And how do you get to recognize it, despite all of the glamour and fireworks and bright lights in the way?"
Phoebe Dynevor keeps her love life largely offline
A young debutant from a prominent family, Daphne Bridgerton is in the market for a suitable husband during the much-anticipated engagement season. While she comes up short, she strikes up a deal with Simon Basset to pseudo-date him, making her appear more desirable to potential suitors. It’s a whole thing. Of course, it all goes sideways when our fair heroine catches the duke in a devastating lie, then seeks revenge with some stealth mattress Olympics to get a baby out of him. Basic girlfriend 101.
Fortunately, things appear a lot less emotionally taxing for Phoebe Dynevor‘s real-world love life. Dynevor is single, as of this writing, but in 2014 she confirmed her relationship with recruitment executive Simon Merrill to Express. "Last year my boyfriend and I went around Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam. It was amazing."
In 2017, the Bridgerton starlet started dating actor Sean Teale, of FOX’s Gifted. We caught a wisp of Dynevor’s love life through Instagram photos, although none of which seem to exist on her own account. Teale, however, posted the pair being adorably blissful in Texas, and again in New York. Motive unknown, Teale opts for sea-foam mirror sunglasses and Dynevor remains by his side. That’s love. Their final couple snap shared by Teale was on August 2017. At some point, the two called it quits, because the next romantic glimpse we got from either of them was in December 2019, when Teale posted a photo of new girlfriend Jelly Gould.
Does Jonathan Bailey have a mystery man?
It’s no surprise that Jonathan Bailey plays the endlessly handsome Anthony Bridgerton, the eldest Bridgerton positioned to look after the family following his father’s death. But when he’s not busy with the "protecting his sister’s honor" hoopla, the viscount is known to be a Casanova of sorts (we’re listening). Anthony finds himself hung up on his prominent pedigree and the social structures that fence him off from true love with blue-collar opera singer, Siena Rosso. Oh, to be rich, beautiful, and dumb.
Fast-forward two hundred years, to a time when Bailey plays many straight characters onscreen, but is openly gay in real life. He tells Evening Standard, "I want to find stories that humanize the homosexual experience … The richness comes from the detail about family and relationships and identity of where you live."
Our leading man is single, as of this writing (seems to be a trend happening here, but okay). Although a mysterious Instagram photo from April 2018 implies otherwise… maybe. In the photo, location tagged for Everest Base Camp Trek, Bailey stands exceptionally close to an unnamed male "friend," and both are absolutely beaming. Is he the BF? A sherpa? Sorry Johnny B, but if you’re not going to label the random man who stands next to you as a brother, cousin, or publicist, you leave our hearts no choice but to assume romance!
Claudia Jessie’s bohemian boat boy
The ton’s Nancy Drew, Eloise Bridgerton, is known for her quick wit and unapologetic feminist values. We see her rebel against the normal social graces of debutante-ing, as she plans to evolve on her own merits for as long as she can. Seemingly horrified by the concept of marriage, Eloise has her heart set on uncovering the town’s gossip hound, Lady Whistledown, with whom Eloise is remarkably inspired due to Whistledown’s bold stance of pioneering her own path.
While Claudia Jessie has no social media presence, she told YOU Magazine in 2018 that she’d met with her boyfriend, Joseph, four years prior, in a pub while drinking with her mother. "She was a great wingman and told me to go and chat to the handsome young man." All we know about Joseph is that he’s a sound engineer and is undoubtedly hilarious. "Humor is the way into my heart most definitely," said Jessie, adding, "It doesn’t matter what you look like, but if you can make me laugh we’ll have a drink together."
The lovebirds bought and renovated a houseboat to drift up and down the Birmingham canal. Jessie’s favorite memory? "Moving onto my canal boat! I had been working on it for such a long time and saved for so long to get it. My first night on the boat consisted of me and my mum unpacking everything until the early hours of the morning, whilst drinking a lot of wine," she told Shondaland. Sign us up!
Has Nicola Coughlan been pining for a costar?
If Penelope Featherington existed in today’s world, she’d be repping a moody Tumblr peppered with vintage photos of Ferris wheels and poetic quotes with Lana Del Rey looping in the background. She’s a walking contradiction, ever marrying whimsical, romantic ideals with paralyzing self-doubt and tragedy. Penelope’s big hair is full of big secrets, one being that she’s in love with her best friend’s brother, Colin Bridgerton. Though Colin harbors nothing but platonic feelings for our dear Penelope. So relatable, that Pen.
Nicola Coughlan shared her similarities to Penelope with Who What Wear, lamenting, "I have definitely been that love-struck puppy. I have definitely seen the boy I liked dancing with other girls, and I remember that, and it’s heart-wrenching. [Your] first love is so intoxicating and it takes over everything."
Coughlan is single, as of this writing, and the closet thing we could find to a relationship is her flirty friendship with Derry Girls costar Laurie Kynaston. In 2019, Coughlan told Joe that Kynaston "was so good and kind to [her]" during scary scene. "Like, he was rubbing my back while I sobbed away from the camera! He’s such a terrific actor and a really nice guy," Coughlan dished. Spicy. On top of that, Coughlan shared an on-set photo of the pair after that scene, locked in a sweet embrace. And prior to all of that, she tweeted encouragement to Kynaston for his performance in Sam Mendes’ Ferryman. Hey dude, are you getting these hints, or what?
Luke Newton’s relationship is almost too cute
A young, naive, and genuine lad, Colin Bridgerton has ambitions to travel the world. In the meantime, he catches feels for new girl Marina Thompson. Classic Colin. Marina, savvy damsel that she is, needs security and a father for her unborn child (unbeknownst to Colin, yikes). She complies with the courtship until the whole ordeal blows up into flames because withholding prominent prenatal details have such ramifications, Marina. Duh.
Offscreen, Newton was first romantically linked to Sophie Simnett in 2017. The pair met and began dating while starring alongside each other on Disney’s The Lodge. Newton even shared a romantic Disneyland moment with Simnett the same year. Disney stars under Disneyland stars — how appropriate. Although at some point in 2018, the two went their separate ways. As of this writing, Newton is dating Welsh stage actress Jade Davies, sister of West End star Amber Davies.
The lovebirds made it IG official in 2019 and have been kindred spirits ever since. We’ve seen them carousing around the hills of Wales’ Lake Vyrnwy, and again canoodling around London’s cityscape. "I like to think I was telling a really funny joke… But I doubt it," Newton captioned. On Dec. 28, 2020, Davies blessed fans with a charming holiday duet of the two via Instagram, which is interrupted with infectious laughter. A walking Hallmark movie, are they not?
Sabrina Bartlett and her boyfriend are all over IG
The enchantingly beautiful Siena Rosso is the ton’s most talented opera singer. She’s also, um, on friendly terms with Anthony Bridgerton. More specifically, these star-crossed lovers swirl in a tormented love affair that struggles to exist due to the class segregation that divides them. Anthony can’t deny his love for Sienna but feels insurmountably burdened to uphold the honor of his family name. And while Sienna is genuinely smitten by Anthony, she can’t wait around for him to shake off his hierarchy baggage.
As love would have it, Sabrina Bartlett has been dating actor Tom Greaves for several years, according our internet sleuthing (read: stalking her Instagram). While Bartlett and Greaves remain pretty mum about their relationship in public, we do know that he’s been featured in Shuttlecock, Peter Rabbit, and C.B. Strike. Bartlett revealed a look into the couple’s relationship on May 22, 2019 (shown above), as the pair was all dolled-up, smiles abound. The lovebirds reappeared on Bartlett’s, arm-in-arm and smiling cheek-to-cheek, in a more casual setting on Nov. 2, 2019. Then, Bartlett posted an envious shot of the couple on a boat on the Italian Riviera coastline of Cinque Terre in a photo captioned, "Lezione de guida," which translates to "driving lessons" in English. We’re onboard with this one!
Adjoa Andoh keeps her marriage details private
Every period piece needs a fairy-godmother of sorts. But Lady Danbury is more than Simon Basset’s majestic matriarch, she’s the ton’s social circle ringleader, equally feared and respected by all. When she speaks, everyone listens. The epitome of elegance and refinement, Lady Danbury keeps those around her on their toes by expecting the same level of sophistication in return. "She has an appetite for life," Adjoa Andoh told Harper’s Bazaar about her character, adding, "You can be an older woman and still be full of fire, and fun, and some wickedness, have elegance, and flamboyance, and be fabulous, and do all of those things as well." Amen!
Portraying Lady Danbury doesn’t seem to be too far a stretch for the London theater actor and mother to three. While she puts family first, Andoh prefers doing so in private. During her 20 years in the field, there is little mentioned of her personal life. "I would like to have done more films. But then, I have three children and I live in London, so you mix and match," she told Evening Standard. In 2001, Andoh exchanged wedding vows with Howard Cunnell, who, according to Financial Times is "a novelist, academic, [and] former scuba diving instructor."
While neither has spoken much about their relationship in public, Andoh did tell Bush Theatre in May 2020, "When two hearts communicate openly with each other, you get great results … And remember that everything is paired by love in the end."
Golda Rosheuvel’s partner is also an artist
Queen Charlotte commands a room with all the prowess of a feline at feeding time. Morbidly deadpan, she thrives on a steady diet of wigs and romance gossip — not necessarily in that order. The queen saunters along, scouting anyone with a lick of gossip to sentence as her temporary minion. But when Lady Whistledown beats Queen Charlotte to the punch, it really just throws the monarch’s crown off-kilter. So this season, the queen’s attention is cast upon uncovering high society’s cryptic gossip hound, and she will stop at nothing to get her.
A queen in her own right, Golda Rosheuvel has been committed to her partner Shireen Mula since August 2013. According to Mula’s website, she is a writer and former "Associate Artist at both Ovalhouse and Nottle Theatre." While it’s unclear how the lovebirds met or if they’re married, Roshuevel celebrated and shared their seven-year anniversary via Instagram in August 2020, writing, "Drive and Dine Theater! Happy 7 year anniversary to us!" Speaking with Liverpool Queer Collective circa 2017, Rosheuvel said that while she has enjoyed breakout success, even using her relationship with Mula to portray "real and authentic" same sex relationships onstage, Mula’s own art has struggled for recognition. "She writes gay work because that’s what she knows. But do we see gay plays or gay characters? I think it’s a shame. I think it’s about funding, maybe people being afraid to lose money if they invest in stories that are about the Other."