Simone Ashley and Masali Baduza. Image: Instagram via @SimoneAshely and @masalibaduza

Simone Ashley and Masali Baduza. Image: Instagram via @SimoneAshely and @masalibaduza

Simone Ashley advises Bridgerton newcomer Masali Baduza

Simone Ashley, who stars in Bridgerton, has shared her excitement and advice for newcomer Masali Baduza, who joins the series as Michaela.

Simone Ashley and Masali Baduza. Image: Instagram via @SimoneAshely and @masalibaduza

Simone Ashley and Masali Baduza. Image: Instagram via @SimoneAshely and @masalibaduza

Bridgerton fans received exciting news at the end of season 3. Masali Baduza has joined the cast as a main love interest for Francesca, played by Hannah Dodd. Simone Ashley shared some sage advice for the new cast member.


This announcement has created quite a stir, and fans are eagerly anticipating what’s next.

Simone Ashley, who has captivated audiences as Kate Sharma, shared her thoughts on this new development.

During a press meeting at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, she expressed her enthusiasm for Baduza’s addition to the cast.

Ashley, aged 29, is thrilled about the upcoming season and offered some sage advice for Baduza, according to People.

“I think to be just deeply proud about what you’re representing. You need to [know] that many people are going to be so seen by the story that you’re going to be telling,” Ashley said.


“And that we’re all here with open arms and so excited.”

Baduza’s character, Michaela, is a significant departure from the books.

Originally, Michaela was a male character. This gender swap has garnered much attention and praise.

Ashley wholeheartedly supports this change. “I think this is what the world needs more of, more representation,” she explained.

The buzz around Michaela’s introduction has been electric, according to Deadline.

Social media is abuzz with discussions and speculations.


The series’ second half, which premiered on 13 June, has sparked numerous conversations.

Victor Alli, who plays John Stirling, also shared his excitement.

Alli was informed about the character change before filming began, according to Radio Times.

“Oh. I was like, ‘Yo, that’s cool,’” he said.

He found the introduction of Michaela well-executed and fitting for the series.

“I don’t think they could have done it in any other way. So yeah, I’m really glad, and I was excited,” Alli added.


Ashley’s support for her colleagues doesn’t stop with Baduza. She has a history of offering guidance and friendship on set.

Before season 3, she provided Nicola Coughlan with valuable advice.

Coughlan, who stepped into the lead female role, found a friend in Ashley.

“Me and Nicola would check in on each other,” Ashley explained.

“She is such an inspiration to me and I learned so much from her.

There were times she was giving me advice.


It was just an amazing thing to have in our work environment.”

This camaraderie and support among the cast members make Bridgerton a special series.

The mutual respect and encouragement create a positive environment that translates to the screen.

Fans can stream season 3 of Bridgerton on Netflix now.

Seasons 1 and 2, along with the spinoff Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, are also available for those who want to revisit the series or catch up on missed episodes.


Baduza’s role as Michaela is a refreshing change and a step towards more inclusive storytelling.

Her addition promises to bring new dynamics to the series.

With Ashley’s advice and the warm reception from the cast, Baduza is set to shine.

In Bridgerton, change is welcomed with open arms.


The series continues to evolve, reflecting the diversity and complexity of its audience.

With new characters and storylines, Bridgerton remains a beloved and groundbreaking show.

As the anticipation builds, fans eagerly await the unfolding of Michaela’s story. The future of Bridgerton looks bright and full of promise.