Bridgerton's assistant director shares candid behind-the-scenes snaps

Bridgerton behind the scenes: Director’s assistant shares candid snaps from filming Daphne’s wedding day to shooting the dramatic duel as cast stun in VERY opulent costumes

It’s proven to be a worldwide hit since debuting on Christmas Day.  

And now stunning snaps taken by a director’s assistant working on Bridgerton have revealed a candid look at the cast as they filmed the period drama.

Stars of the show are seen working on memorable moments including Daphne’s  (Phoebe Dynevor) wedding and the dramatic duel, as well as taking well-earned breaks inbetween shoots.

Candid: Stunning snaps taken behind-the-scenes of Bridgerton have revealed the cast as they filmed the hit Netflix series (pictured Philippa and Prudence Featherington who are played by Harriet Cains and Bessie Carter)

In one image leading lady Phoebe appears to have forgotten her etiquette training as she put on a very animated display in candid behind-the-scenes snaps from filming.

The actress, 25, looked sensational in full Regency costume as she enjoyed a quiet moment inbetween scenes to check her phone and playfully stick out her tongue.

Phoebe appeared to be in great spirits as she posed in a floor-length blue gown paired with her cheeky expression.

The star had her long locks tied back into Daphne’s signature-do and donned a selection of simple accessories, including a gold necklace and stud earrings.

Cheeky! Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne Bridgerton, was also seen putting on a very animated display as she stuck out her tongue

In keeping with Regency standards, Phoebe wore a pair of white gloves however slipped one off to better type on her iPhone while waiting to be needed on set.

Her co-star Rege-Jean Page, who plays Daphne’s love interest Simon, the Duke of Hastings, was also seen smouldering for the camera in other shots candid shots.

Rege-Jean maintained his character’s intense stare as he enjoyed a moment of quiet in a study, while another snap showed him donning a not-so-1813-approved accessory of an AirPod.

Other members of the Bridgerton family are also seen in their impressive costume, with Eloise (Claudia Jessie) winking while in a pale pink gown and also looking serene in a profile black-and-white image.

Quick break: The actress, 25, also slipped off one of her lacy white gloves to have a look at her phone inbetween shoots


Smouldering: Rege-Jean Page, who plays Simon, the Duke of Hastings, channeled his hunky character as he posed up a storm for the director’s assistant’s camera

Having fun: The second Bridgerton sister Eloise (Claudia Jessie) also seemed to be in good spirits as she winked while in her pale pink gown

Francesca (Ruby Stokes), who is away in Bath for most of the show, is seen in a couple of images after returning to the shoot for the dramatic conclusion of series one.

The Bridgerton boys – Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), Benedict (Luke Thompson) and Colin (Luke Newton) – also appear to be having a fantastic time working together as they laugh and joke with their co-stars.

One image of the trio shows them standing with a bright light behind them, all while wearing their 1813-appropriate costume.

As well as the Bridgerton family, the actors who play the Featherington clan make an appearance in the candid shots.

Pivotal scene: The eldest Bridgerton boys, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and Benedict (Luke Thompson), were seen chatting to crew ahead of shooting the very dramatic moment

Well they’re not from 1813! Rege-Jean popped in his earphones and donned a striking red patterned jacket as he waited to shoot a scene

Sisters Philippa (Harriet Cains) and Prudence (Bessie Carter) are seen taking a break as they chat in one of the set’s impressive bedrooms.

Fan favourite Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) is also seen looking radiant as she sits in the window-seat of her family’s home while clutching a book.  

The snaps were taken by director’s assistant Barnaby Boulton, who has been working in the film and TV industry for four years.

He said: ‘I was a director’s assistant to three of the four directors on Netflix’s Bridgerton. 

‘I spent nine months amongst the cast and crew through every stage of production, and during that time I had my film camera with me every day.

All hands on deck: Several people could be seen helping out in the room, with Phoebe having a chat to one of the crew, before the camera started rolling

Cheeky! Phoebe showed off her range of facial expressions as she scrunched up her mouth to contrast her ladylike costume

She’s watching: Phoebe certainly worked all her angles for the camera as she looked over her shoulder during one shoot


Moody: Two other images showed Phoebe waiting in her ballgown, with her beloved maid Rose (right) just visible in the corner of one snap

Takes a team: The images reveal just how many people were involved in getting everything just right for the Netflix hit

Glowing: Another snap showed Marina Thompson’s (Ruby Barker) incredible hairstyle and intricate pink dress up close

‘For a period drama like Bridgerton, I think the fact that I shoot on film brings a fun and fitting sense of antiquity to the photos. With the hair, makeup and costumes on the show being so beautiful and impressive, it was a real treat to photograph the cast. 

‘I tried to keep my photos mostly candid, as when you have the actors dressed to the nines in period get-up, keeping modern elements like phones, cameras and headphones in frame results in some truly anachronistic shots.’ 

Bridgerton has proven to be a massive hit for Netflix, however some of the cast have revealed they’ve had to watch the show’s more racy scenes with their parents. 

Rege-Jean revealed how his family have been handing all the nudity in the show – cheekily joking that the peach emoji is sometimes used when he appears on screen – during an interview with Drew Barrymore on Friday.

Radiant: Fan favourite Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) looked sensational as she sat in the window seat of her family home with a book in hand

Outside: Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) looked relaxed as he kept his costume pristine ahead of a scene


Handsome: Actor Jonathan embraced some serious period-style sideburns for his role, with a close-up black-and-white snap showing them off in all their glory

Head of the household: Anthony leads the Bridgerton family after the death of their father, although he still sometimes clashes with the brood’s beloved mother Violet

A matter of honour: Second-born son Benedict (Luke Thompson) accompanies his older brother to the duel during one of the show’s most tense moments

Getting to work: Phoebe flashed a smile as she walked down the opulent stairs in her dress with her recently-styled hair protected

He said: ‘My family are pretty well drilled at this point, we’ve got a family WhatsApp group and it’s got a little red flashing light emojis particularly around episode five… the occasional peach emoji.

‘But also the Brits are very well drilled for this in general, I have a cousin who missed those messages and made a bunch of tactical cups of tea.. you leave the room and put the kettle on.  

‘You’re not disturbed you just have to make a very long cup of tea right now, but the problem with this show is she came back and was like, “you guys were still going! How many cups of tea do I have to make?”’

Finishing touches: Several crew helped fix Phoebe’s hair and makeup before shooting a scene from her wedding


Natural beauty: Throughout the show, Phoebe wears a selection of stunning gowns and sparkling jewels to portray her wealthy character

Hello back there! Phoebe appeared to be in good spirits as she rested on the Bridgerton’s staircase and flashed a smile while wearing a sparkling silver tiara

So cool: The Bridgerton brothers commanded attention as they stood in front of a bright light for another striking snap


Beauty: Both Daphne (played by Phoebe, left) and Marina (played by Ruby, right) are looking for a husband, but for very different reasons

In charge: Anthony looked every inch the eldest brother and head of the family as he exuded confidence in his black suit

Casual: Actress Ruby looked radiant in another snap of her donning a dressing gown and holding her own camera during shooting for the Netflix his series

It comes after Phoebe also revealed she had to skip watching some of the sex scenes during a family viewing. 

The actress, 25, said she had the remote control firmly clasped ready to fast-forward the intimate moments while watching the series with her mum, Sally, 57.  

Phoebe told The Daily Star: ‘She is very proud and excited. I watched the show with the whole family, even the grandparents managed to watch it. 

‘I had to sit there and fast forward on high alert with the remote control. We managed it just about.’ 

Phoebe’s mum Sally is best known for her role as Sally Webster on Coronation Street, which she has played since 1986. 

She also revealed she took the same approach when watching Bridgerton with her grandparents while chatting to Drew, saying it was a ‘very PG’ version of the show. 

Stunning: Other black-and-white snaps showed Claudia’s character Eloise, who doesn’t want to enter the marriage market like her sister, once she swapped into ‘ladylike’ dresses

Joking around: Luke, who plays Benedict, laughed as he had headphones to listen into filming and others worked around him

Quick snap: Anthony perched on a step in his Regency-era costume before he was called to the cameras

She’s back! Francesca (Ruby Stokes) reappears for the final few episodes after having gone to Bath and is seen working on her embroidery in one scene

Bridgerton debuted on Christmas Day and has remained in the top spot on Netflix’s most-watched list for the last two weeks, proving to be a mammoth success. 

And the show could likely go from overnight sensation to an eight-season run, according to the creator of the Netflix hit. 

Chris Van Dusen, the showrunner, said: ‘This being a family of eight children and there being eight books, I would love to be able to focus and really tell stories and love stories for all the Bridgerton siblings. For each character, for sure. I would love that.’    

The show is based on Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novels – the second one called The Viscount Who Loved Me.

Book two follows Daphne Bridgerton’s elder brother Anthony, who is on the hunt for a wife.  Julia Quinn refers to her sequel books as ‘second epilogues’. 

Bridgerton is set to rack up over 63 million views by the end of January. Netflix have not confirmed further instalments but an announcement seems inevitable. 

In costume: The images revealed the cast’s stunning range of costumes and accessories, with many of the women having to don gloves for the majority of their scenes

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