By now, Netflix viewers around the world have fallen in love with Bridgerton and its characters. While some of the stars in the show may have been familiar, like Julie Andrews voicing Lady Whistledown, others may not have been as recognizable to mainstream audiences. Before playing Daphne Bridgerton, Phoebe Dynevor had had a few smaller roles but nothing that prepared her for the success of Bridgerton.
What else has Phoebe Dynevor been in?
American audiences might recognize Dynevor from her role as Clare in Younger. But before that, she had a few roles on British television shows. She appeared in the fifth season of Waterloo Road as well as in dramas Monroe and The Musketeers. She then had a supporting role in Prisoners’ Wives. She appeared in the second season of The Village and portrayed Martha Cratchit in Dickensian.
Phoebe was about to give up when she landed ‘Bridgerton’
Dynevor had had a string of almost-opportunities that didn’t pan out before landing Bridgerton.
“I really remember that day,” she told Glamour. “I was living in Los Angeles at the time and at a point in my career where I was kind of giving up. I wanted to go home—back to Manchester—and was about to book the flight when I got the call that I was reading with Regé. The timing was mental. I remember being at a cafe with my friend and saying, ‘If this doesn’t work out, it’s going to be hard.’ There had been a few close close calls with stuff, so I thought, ‘I don’t think this will work out, and that’s fine. I’ll go home to Manchester.’”
When she did get the role, she was overjoyed and called her family at 4 a.m. She had to book herself a massage just to calm down from the excitement.
Life after ‘Bridgerton’
Now that over 63 million households have seen Bridgerton, Dynevor’s face is a lot more recognizable than it ever was before.
“Yeah, it’s very strange,” she told the outlet. “I’ve never been recognized because, you know, I just pop out to do some shopping or go for a walk with my mom or dad. It’s nice, in a weird way, to be with my family. I get to experience it all alongside them. There are times when I’m like, ‘D*mn it. I wish I was traveling and getting to really experience it firsthand.’ But that’s life at the moment.”
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Dynevor hasn’t had many run-ins with fans so it’s hard for her to understand the magnitude of Bridgerton’s success.
“It’s weird, isn’t it? I honestly don’t think it’s possible to prepare yourself for that,” Dynevor said. “Like, in my head, no one knows who I am so nothing has changed. I would have to go through that experience, I think. I still don’t quite believe the show is as big a success as it is—like it’s just my family and friends and the cast and crew that have seen the show and no one else.”
Bridgerton has now been renewed for season 2, so it doesn’t appear that Dynevor will be fading out of the limelight anytime soon.
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