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Bridgerton actress Simone Ashley reveals she ‘loves’ that her Indian heritage isn’t brought up in the series Bath City News

Bridgerton actress Simone Ashley has revealed she “loves” that her Indian heritage isn’t brought up on the show. The second season of the hit drama will be released on Netflix in two weeks.

The new season’s plot, part of which was filmed in Bath, will see Anthony Bridgerton pursue newcomer to town Edwina Sharma, only to have his older sister Kate get in the way.

In Bridgerton’s books, the Sharma sisters are referred to as the Sheffield sisters. Their names have been changed for the TV show to reflect their new backgrounds: instead of being from Somerset, they will be from India.

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However, Simone Ashley, who plays Kate, told Tatler that Kate’s legacy will not be addressed on the show she “love(s)” because it means the focus will be on her character and not on his background.

She said, “Kate is from India, but what I love is that nobody comments on that. You follow the character’s journey, not her legacy.”

Netflix’s Bridgerton is set in an alternate regency period where people of all races are treated equally. The creative decision was the result of what Vernā Myers, Netflix’s head of diversity and inclusion, called an “inclusion lens” when speaking to The Guardian.

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But just because no one is commenting on Kate’s legacy on the show doesn’t mean there won’t be moments that pay homage to her desi culture. For example, fans were thrilled to see what looked like a Haldi ceremony — a pre-wedding ceremony — in the full-length trailer.

In one scene, Kate and Mary (Matriarch Sharma) can be seen rubbing Edwina’s arms as they all wear yellow dresses. A fan pointed out on Twitter that he looks like Haldi.

The Hindu ceremony takes place on the morning of the weddings. A mixture of turmeric and other ingredients is rubbed into the bride and groom’s skin.

Turmeric has beneficial properties for the skin, making the couple’s faces glow on their big day, the ceremony promising good luck, and the fun process also serving as a distraction from any pre-wedding fuss.

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