Daniel Francis, Sam Phillips, and James Phoon have all signed on for the new season, which will focus on the love story of Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton).
Francis (“Stay Close”) plays Marcus Anderson, described as a charismatic presence who lights up any room he enters, attracting the notice of certain matriarchs in the ton — and the ire of others.
Phillips (“The Crown”) plays Lord Debling. A genial lord with unusual interests, he has wealth and a noble title to back up his eccentricities. He’ll have no shortage of interest from young ladies this season.
Phoon (“Wreck”) plays Harry Dankworth. What Dankworth lacks in wit and intelligence, he more than makes up for with serious good looks.
In Season 3, Penelope has finally given up on her long-held crush on Colin after hearing his disparaging words about her last season. She has, however, decided it’s time to take a husband, preferably one who will provide her with enough independence to continue her double life as Lady Whistledown, far away from her mother and sisters. But lacking in confidence, Penelope’s attempts on the marriage mart fail spectacularly.
Meanwhile, Colin has returned from his summer travels with a new look and a serious sense of swagger. But he’s disheartened to realize that Penelope, the one person who always appreciated him as he was, is giving him the cold shoulder. Eager to win back her friendship, Colin offers to mentor Penelope in the ways of confidence to help her find a husband this season. But when his lessons start working a little too well, Colin must grapple with whether his feelings for Penelope are truly just friendly. Complicating matters for Penelope is her rift with Eloise (Claudia Jessie), who has found a new friend in a very unlikely place, while Penelope’s growing presence in the ton makes it all the more difficult to keep her Lady Whistledown alter ego a secret.
It was previously announced that Chris Van Dusen stepped down as showrunner following Season 2, with Jess Brownell coming onboard as showrunner and executive producer for Season 3. Van Dusen continues to serve as an executive producer along with Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Tom Verica of Shondaland.
(Pictured, from left to right: Daniel Francis, Sam Phillips, James Phoon)