May 13, 2022

‘Bridgerton’ Gets a Shake-Up with Re-Cast of Francesca Bridgerton

Hannah Dodd is waltzing her way into season three of the hit show Bridgerton to play Francesca Bridgerton the 6th child of the dowager countess.

Image Credit: (L-R) Hannah Dodd, Ruby Stokes as Francesca BridgertonMichael Shelford/Netflix

Hopefully this casting shake up means we will be seeing more of Francesca on season three. Hannah Dodd is joining the hugely popular show as a series regular in a recasting, taking over the role from Ruby Stokes whose left to be the lead of another Netflix series, the upcoming Lockwood & Co., an adaptation of Jonathan Stroud’s books. Francesca’s presence on Bridgerton also has been somewhat of a mystery. Previously played by Ruby Stokes, she had two fleeting appearances in Season one. Season two kicked off a bit more promising, with Francesca (Stokes) appearing in the first three episodes before disappearing without explanation for the rest of season as Ruby Stokes left to fulfill her prior obligation to Lockwood & Co. 

“I love Francesca, but we lost her midway through Season 2,” Bridgerton creator and Seasons 1 and 2 showrunner Chris Van Dusen told TVLine in late March. “After exhausting all other options, she unfortunately had to come out due to reasons beyond our control.”

Francesca Bridgerton, the second youngest daughter in the Bridgerton family, is expected to take center stage in a potential sixth season of Bridgerton based on the sixth book in Quinn’s series, “When He Was Wicked.” However, Shondaland has revealed that we may be seeing storylines out of order moving forward. So, dear viewer…who do you think will be next?