You might want to get acquainted with Charithra Chandran—she's about to turn heads.
Before the Bridgerton season 2 premiere, Netflix and Shondaland decided to bless excited fans with its steamy new teaser, which puts Chandran, a.k.a. Edwina Sharma, front and center.
A Bridgerton love triangle is blossoming and Edwina is caught in the center..with her sister. Although Edwina is being passed off as the perfect match for eligible bachelor Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), it appears her older sister Kate (Sex Education's Simone Ashley) might actually be the more appropriate fit.
Will Edwina be swooned by the Viscount or will love in Regency England point her in another direction entirely? We're about to find out shortly, but before we do, let's get to know the woman behind Miss Sharma. (No one tell Lady Whistledown we scooped up the story first!)
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Who is Charithra Chandran, 'Bridgerton' star?
Chandran, though relatively new to the acting world, got her start in theater as a performer with the National Youth Theatre, according to Lifestyle Asia (opens in new tab).
If you've been scanning streaming services, you've likely seen her in the sophomore season of Alex Rider, a spy thriller that's available on Amazon Prime Video. She also plays the role of Stella in the web series, Pillow Talk, which revolves around her breakup with Astrid (Isabeau Popp) that she cannot overcome.
Now she's taking a step back in time to the Regency era to keep all fans of Bridgerton on the edge of their seats. Will she or won't she end up with Anthony? Does she really want her sister to be happy? So many questions!
Where is Charithra Chandran from?
The 25-year-old British actor was born and raised in Oxford, England. She is of Indian descent and has two brothers. Chandran regularly puts her roots on display via Instagram, where you can catch photos of her parents, grandparents, siblings and even some yummy, classic Indian dishes.
Speaking of which, Chandran appears to be quite the foodie and has an Instagram moment dedicated to all the dishes she's whipped up, which span a variety of cuisines. She's certainly welcome in our kitchen any time! Follow her at @charithra17 (opens in new tab).
Charithra Chandran, Oxford University grad
According to the Daily Mail (opens in new tab), Charithra Chandran graduated from Oxford University in 2019 with a degree in politics, philosophy and economics. Following graduation, Chandran was slated to start a job at a top management consultancy firm in London, but took a gap year to focus on acting. That's when Shondaland came calling. Color us impressed!
Is Charithra Chandran dating anyone?
Though a partner hasn't been publicly confirmed, we did catch Chandran in a cute date-night look on Instagram, so we're assuming someone special is in the picture!
Charithra Chandran on 'Bridgerton' season 2:
While fans and Bridgerton followers are all about romance, Chandran notes the importance of all types of love.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab), she stated: "For Edwina and Kate, although it is a love story, they are each other's soulmates. We often focus on romance being the center of our lives, but in most cases, it's not. That relationship shows that, no matter what happens, these two will always choose each other."
Is that a hint of how things will play out next season? Time will tell! Catch Bridgerton season 2 on Netflix beginning Friday, March 25. To distract you until then, here's how to read the Bridgerton books in order.
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