Meet You New Internet Boyfriend, 'Bridgerton' Star Regé-Jean Page

Netflix’s Bridgerton has got it all: scandal, romance, bougie balls, and, of course, a jaw-dropping male lead. Regé-Jean Page plays Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, and I’m not saying you’ll definitely be drooling over his charm and his hot-hot scenes with co-star Phoebe Dynevor, but you should maybe make a plan to pick your jaw up off the floor.

The 30-year-old actor has been in the industry for half his life, but only recently made his debut on American TV. So to help you get yourself a little more familiar, I took the liberty of doing a deep dive to find out everything you need to know about him. You’re welcome!

He grew up in Zimbabwe.

Regé-Jean may seem like your typical dreamy British man with an accent that’s to die for (*sigh*), but he actually spent his formative years away from the UK. He grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe, and moved to London when he was 14.

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He’s a theatre school kid.

Regé-Jean is an amazing actor (duh!) and that’s in part because he had some top-tier training. He was a part of the National Youth Theatre before earning a spot at the Drama Centre London. It’s a prestigious school that has people like Michael Fassbender, Emilia Clarke, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Russel Brand and Gemma Chan as alumni. No big deal!

Like any cool kid, he used to be in a punk band.

That’s right! As an angsty teen, Regé-Jean formed a punk band with his brother where he played drums and sang as a way to get his frustrations out. And to complete the punk look, he also dyed his hair tons of different colors, including blue, purple, and green.

His breakout role was a 2016 History Channel remake of Roots.

In case you haven’t seen it, let me tell you that his portrayal of Chicken George was amazing. So amazing, in fact, it caught the eye of Shonda Rhimes’ producing partner, Betsy Beers.

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Bridgerton wasn’t his first Shonda Rhimes show.

Yup, surprise! He’s actually worked with Shonda before. He played Leonard Knox in the legal drama For the People.

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He’s super happy to be part of an inclusively-cast period piece.

Bridgerton paid no attention to race when choosing actors for their period piece, with Regé-Jean himself playing one of the highest ranking nobles in the show (besides the Queen, ofc). In an interview with Esquire, he said that he was happy to be able to show Black people in the 1800s experiencing joy instead of trauma.

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He’s got even more stuff coming out this year.

Eeek! As if one hit show wasn’t enough, you can also catch Regé-Jean in the 1960’s romance movie Sylvie’s Love, hitting Amazon Prime on Dec. 23. He plays a drummer, which, TBH seems like the perfect character for him considering his punk-rock past.

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