If you’ve ever seen the movie “War and Peace,” you might recognize Hepburn’s look on Daphne Bridgerton. The movie was released in 1956 and inspired one of Daphne’s ball hairstyles.
The overall appearance is reminiscent of Hepburn’s in the movie, but the curled bangs and tiara are the real finishing touch. There’s even a similarity in features between Hepburn and Dynevor!
The Cast Was Required to Learn Etiquette and Hobbies of the Regency-era Upper Class
In order to get into character, the actors were required to learn certain skills of the time.
Depending on what character you played, they learned a wide range of skills including etiquette, horseback riding, dancing (obviously), singing, piano lessons, and pistol shooting (to name a few). The actors were given a strict and packed schedule leading up to the actual filming of the show.
The Luck of the Irish Came in Handy for Caughlin and the Dancing
All of the ball scenes were planned out ahead of time, so actors didn’t get to choose which of the dances they’d be learning. Luckily enough for Irish actress Nicola Caughlin, the dance she was given happened to be an Irish jig!
The jig is called The Siege of Ennis and is apparently a very popular dance in Ireland. Caughlin happened to have known the dance from the age of five.
Some of the Racier Scenes Were Inspired by Mr. Darcy
Specifically, Colin Firth and his iconic soaked shirt. If you’re familiar with the 1995 BBC adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice," you might notice some mimicking in various parts of Bridgerton.
Showrunner Chris Van Dusen said he wanted to create a scene that was a nod to Colin Firth’s wet shirt moment when he comes out of the lake...but make it even more provocative.
Fans of the Books Actually Influenced Penelope’s Character
Okay, so it’s not that the fans directly told Nicola Caughlin, who plays Penelope Featherington, how to play the role. However, they did have an inadvertent influence.
Nicola says she turned to online fan pages of the book for advice on how the character should be played and how fans saw her. She discovered how beloved of a character Penelope actually was and wanted to do right by her character and the fans.