Curious about the Bridgerton family tree? Well, who isn’t? Even if new romantic movies and shows pop up on different streaming platforms, very few have the same viral quality as the Regency-era romance drama Bridgerton. If you have yet to dive into the Julia Quinn books that the popular Netflix series is based on then you’re in for a treat.
With that in mind, let us help you get to know the Bridgerton children and understand the Bridgerton family tree before you even get started. Here’s your guide to all eight of the siblings and everyone’s new favorite fictional family.
Disclaimer: this article is mostly based on the Netflix series only, with some spoilers from the Bridgerton book series.
The Bridgerton Family Tree
If you’ve been following Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, you know that the Brigerton family tree in the books is a lot more extensive, including all of the Bridgertons’ partners and children.
Who are the Heads of the Bridgerton Family Tree?
Welcome to the ton, where you’ll get to meet London’s high society. This is also where the Bridgerton family resides. When the show first started, we were introduced to the family’s matriarch, Violet Bridgerton. Together with her husband Edmund, they are parents to eight children. Sadly, the family’s patriarch passed at a young age.
How did Edmund Bridgerton die? The head of the household died of a bee sting in front of Aubrey Hall, their ancestral home, in Wrotham Park. This happened before their youngest child, Hyacinth Bridgerton, was born. Nonetheless, Violet capably took over the reins and chose to focus her attention on raising their children instead of choosing to remarry.
Their love story is one for the books, but don’t expect an entire title dedicated to it any time soon. Author Julia Quinn has said that writing about Edmund and Violet’s story might be too “bittersweet”, but she has published a short story called Violet in Bloom that is included in The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After Collection. The story is about Violet’s younger years and touches on her relationship with Edmund as well.
Who Are the Bridgerton Siblings?
Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey)
The eldest of the Bridgerton men had a very important role during the first season. Anthony took over the role of Viscount from his father, and with this title came the weight of his duties and responsibilities. Season one saw him helping his sister Daphne when it came to finding a good match, but kept his relationship with opera singer Siena Rosso hidden.
Season two focused more on his quest to secure a wife– not out of love, but out of duty to produce an heir and find someone who will tend to his household. In spite of this, Anthony finds himself falling hard for Kate Sharma (Kate Sheffield in the books).
After a thrilling enemies-to-lovers arc between him and Kate (and almost marrying Kate’s younger sister, Edwina), the two eventually wed at the end of the season. Kate and her adorable corgi, Newton, certainly make fine additions to the ever-growing Bridgerton family tree.
Benedict Bridgerton (Luke Thompson)
Next up, we have the second eldest of the Bridgerton children. Among his siblings, Benedict is the one who wants to experience life beyond their privileged household. He longs for something other than the society parties that have become routine for his family and those who live in the Ton.
We get to know Benedict Bridgerton as a sensitive and artistic soul. In fact, he dreams of turning his creative hobby into an actual career. However, these plans may have been completely tainted after he learned that his place in art school was bought for him by Anthony. It can be difficult finding confidence in one’s talent after a betrayal like that.
In the third season of Bridgerton, more focus is placed upon this character and his pursuit of finding a place in the world. We wonder if producers will include the leading theory among fans that Benedict is queer. It’s definitely exciting to see where his storyline is headed and who knows, maybe Benedict will add even more spice to the series, leaving these risque movies a run for their money.
Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton)
Colin Bridgerton left many women swooning when he was first introduced to the show. He is devastatingly handsome yet good-natured, a potent mix that even viewers were not immune to. Colin is more than just a pretty face, however. He is adventurous with a disarming wit that never fails to impress.
His romantic escapades were well-documented during the first season of the show. He is quickly smitten by Marina Thompson, even asking her to marry him despite the rest of the Bridgerton kids‘ disapproval. However, he got more than he bargained for after learning that Marina was simply using him to avoid becoming an unwed mother.
So where does this leave Colin? Who does Colin marry in the end? Season 3 will focus more on his blooming relationship with Penelope Featherington (aka Lady Whistledown herself!). It isn’t just the fans who are excited about this, though. Even actress Nicola Coughlan, who plays Penelope, also shared the official news through her social media.
Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor)
The eldest Bridgerton daughter became an instant fan favorite during the first season of the show. Crowned as the “Diamond” – the most favored debutante of Queen Charlotte, Daphne captured the attention of the ton and of the viewers as well. We all followed her search for an eligible bachelor fit enough to be her husband, likely finding our own experiences mirrored in her encounters.
In season two, new members were added to the Bridgerton family tree through Daphne’s marriage with the Duke of Hastings. How many kids do Daphne and Simon have? According to the book, this loving pair has five children in total: Amelia, Belinda, Caroline, David, and Edward.
Though Daphne seems to be the opposite of the modern-day career-minded woman, that is not to say she is submissive to her role as a mother and wife. In fact, season 1 showed how she took control of her marriage until the very end.
Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie)
While most of the characters on the show are out looking for love, Eloise stands out because of her disinterest in it. She is an independent young woman whose only focus is her education and professional goals. If one could epitomize women’s rights and female empowerment, it’d be Eloise. Following Daphne’s marriage, however, the pressure on Eloise to follow suit becomes more palpable.
In the Bridgerton books, she remains unmarried at 28– which is young by today’s standards but was considered spinsterhood during the Bridgerton year set in. However, season 2 introduced Theo Sharpe as a possible love interest for Eloise, which deviates from the books since Eloise was meant to marry Sir Philip Crane. Will he become part of the Bridgerton family tree in the future? We’ll just have to wait for season 3. We can only hope Eloise ends up with Theo.
Francesca Bridgerton (Ruby Stokes)
Over the last two seasons, we saw very little of the sixth Bridgerton child. Fortunately, we’re about to see and learn more about Francesca in the coming third season of the show. In season 3, actress Hannah Dodd will take over Ruby Stokes to play Francesca.
Whilst Francesca’s role in Bridgerton season 3 wouldn’t be as prominent, if we’re following the Bridgerton books, she will certainly receive more focus than before. It is in book six that she gets her spotlight moment, finding herself entangled in a love triangle. Given that she has a gentle nature mixed with offbeat humor, we’re sure it’ll be quite the watch. It will be quite the revelation to see reserved and quiet Francesca handle her own on this front.
Gregory Bridgerton (Will Tilston)
At the start of the Bridgerton books, Gregory was only twelve years old. As the youngest among the Bridgerton brothers, we can certainly excuse his often vexing behavior. It is only natural for brothers to want to tease their sisters, though his prime target often seems to be little Hyacinth. Despite being the “menace” when it comes to the Bridgerton family tree, his charm and heart of gold keep him undeniably lovable.
Unlike his siblings, his spotlight moment happens much later in the books. In book eight On the Way to the Wedding, he falls for Hermione Watson, the Countess of Fennsworth. But, as luck may have it, she is already in love with someone else. As they say, misery loves company and Gregory will find that in Lucy Abernathy– Hermione’s best friend. The Bridgerton kids don’t have it easy when it comes to love and The Bridgerton family tree certainly wouldn’t be complete without its fair share of drama, right?
Hyacinth Bridgerton (Florence Hunt)
As the youngest of the Bridgerton children, Hyacinth Bridgerton is able to live a carefree life quite unlike her siblings. And despite not being able to ever meet her father, Hyacinth was named after her father’s favorite flower, a symbol of new beginnings and hope,
Nonetheless, there are perks to being the youngest in such a close-knit family. Hyacinth is constantly doted upon by her siblings, though we often see her with Gregory. Despite being the target of his pranks and mischief, Hyacinth is fiercely loyal to him.
In the Bridgerton books, particularly in book seven, It’s in His Kiss, it is revealed that she eventually falls for Gareth St. Clair, a family acquaintance. Hyacinth and Gareth eventually grow close while attempting to translate an old, mysterious diary belonging to the latter’s family.
The Bridgerton kids have certainly grown up since we first met them in season one. As of the second season of Bridgerton, their current ages are as follows:
- Anthony Bridgerton – 30 Years Old
- Benedict Bridgerton – 28 Years Old
- Colin Bridgerton – 23 Years Old
- Daphne Bridgerton – 22 Years Old
- Eloise Bridgerton – 18 Years Old
- Francesca Bridgerton – 17 Years Old
- Gregory Bridgerton – 13 Years Old
- Hyacinth Bridgerton – 11 Years Old
Bridgerton Series Order
How many Bridgerton books are there? There are a total of eight, plus four collections and one graphic novel. It is amazing to think that, originally, Julia Quinn only intended for the story to fit in a trilogy. We thank Julia Quinn for extending it to a total of eight books, as each of them is a masterpiece of romance.
If you’re a new reader, here are the Bridgerton books in order:
- The Duke & I
- The Viscount Who Loved Me
- An Offer from a Gentleman
- Romancing Mister Bridgerton
- To Sir Phillip With Love
- When He Was Wicked
- It’s in His Kiss
- On the Way to The Wedding
Short Stories Related to Bridgerton
Aside from the main series, Julia Quinn has also published a number of short story collections related to the Bridgerton books. Included are:
- The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After
- The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton: Lady Whistledown’s Official Guide
- The Further Observayions of Lady Whistledown
- Lady Whistledown Strikes Back
Seasons of the Bridgerton Series
At present, only two seasons have been released, with seasons 3 and 4 scheduled for the Netflix series.
Bridgerton Season 1: Much like the book, this season focused mostly on Daphne’s search for a husband and her relationship with the Duke of Hastings.
Bridgerton Season 2: In season two, we got to learn how Anthony and Kate’s relationship developed. This is also true to the storyline of the second book.
Bridgerton Season 3: Based on official news from the showrunners, the third season deviates from the order of the books. Instead of showing us Benedict and Sophie, we’ll skip forward to Colin and Penelope’s romance, which is the main focus of book 4, Romancing Mister Birdgerton.
Bridgerton Season 4: It’s safe to assume that the fourth season will focus more on book 3, which follows Benedict and his relationship with Sophie Beckett.
There are no release dates for Bridgerton seasons 3 and 4 just yet, so we’ll have to wait and see if the storylines stick close to the original literature. In the meantime, you can check out some of the best-limited series on Netflix.
Expect More Romance, Misadventures, and New Additions to the Bridgerton Family Tree
If you ask us, we’re giving Bridgerton a rating of 8.5 out of 10. With such an entrancing story, it’s no wonder just about everyone has fallen into the depths of this historical drama. Can’t get enough of the ton? Don’t fret. The coming seasons promise plenty to look forward to. For now, we highly suggest taking a bite out of the Bridgerton books to better get to know the Bridgerton family tree, as well as the other high-society families in the series.
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