Want to know about Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor—her boyfriend history, what her family is like and her previous TV credits? We can't blame you: the Netflix starlet has won over hearts with her portrayal of Daphne Bridgerton and fans are dying to know more about her.
The series, which is based on Julia Quinn's best-selling novels, was crowned the most-watched original series by Netflix last year, racking up a massive 82 million views in its first 28 days post-release.
The Regency-era drama follows the lives of the Bridgerton family, including their relationships and love interests, with plenty of scandal and lust thrown in. In season one, Dynevor's character Daphne decides to form an alliance with the elusive Duke of Hastings, played by Regé-Jean Page—with plenty of twists and turns along the way and an explosive finale to boot.
As we await Bridgerton season 2, which finally drops on Friday, March 25, here’s what you need to know about the show's breakout star.
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Who is Phoebe Dynevor's boyfriend?
Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson and Phoebe Dynevor had a short but sweet relationship over the summer of 2021. The couple apparently split due to busy work schedules and the long distance, The Sun (opens in new tab) reported last August.
Dynevor had been stationed out in her native UK for Bridgerton filming, while Davidson had stayed stateside to folk SNL and a new film with Kaley Cuoco titled Meet Cute.
At the time, a source told The Sun: "Pete and Phoebe’s romance was a real whirlwind and from the start, they were both totally committed. But as time has passed, it’s become increasingly obvious it is going to be difficult to make this work."
"Their mates think they make a great couple but the distance has made it completely unworkable," the source said. "They had fun and will remain close but unless something drastic changes their relationship won’t recover."
Dating rumors first started a-circling after the two were spotted in Phoebe's UK hometown in March. In July, rumors circulated that Davidson was actually planning on moving to Dynveor's native England, but those obviously didn't come to fruition.
Prior to Pete Davidson (who is currently dating Kim Kardashian), the Bridgerton star dated fellow actor Sean Teale (Skins, Reign) and the pair were fairly public about their romance at the time. They often attended red-carpet and public events together, as well as shared updates on social media.
Thanks to their incredible on-screen chemistry, Dynevor was unsurprisingly linked to her Bridgerton co-star Regé-Jean Page initially. The two never confirmed an off-screen relationship—although Page did make some comments about their chemistry in a recent interview the pair did with Access Hollywood (opens in new tab).
"I think that everything you need to know is on camera," he said. "All of the sparks that flew came off of the beautiful scripts that we were handed and so I think that the sparky words, scripts, and material are more than enough."
Dynevor also told Harper's Bazaar that the pair got close during filming. "We had so much time to get to know each other," she explained. "We did a lot of rehearsing."
"I think the thing that actually really helped the chemistry was all the dance rehearsals because we just spent so much time with our choreographer, Jack Murphy, and loads of time in the studio—just me, Regé, and Jack sort of getting the moves right and dancing and dancing to this modern, fun music. And we just got time to play and sort of form a connection. I think that was so beneficial actually in getting the chemistry right."
Was Phoebe Dynevor pregnant during 'Bridgerton'?
As far as we know, Phoebe is not pregnant in real life and wasn't while filming Bridgerton. However – *spoiler alert*
Any speculation from fans was most likely down to her character Daphne Bridgerton, who does get pregnant in Bridgerton's ending following a turbulent relationship with her husband Simon.
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Phoebe Dynevor age: how old is she?
Phoebe Dynevor is 26-years old. Born in Manchester in April 1995, she’s the eldest of three children and attended Cheadle Hulme School in Stockport, which is in the north of England.
She retreated to her family home in Altrincham, near Manchester, when UK lockdown came into force just a month after the end of filming.
But when it comes to watching herself back on screen, she revealed she won't be letting her grandparents watch the raunchy show any time soon.
"I’m happy for Mum and Dad to see it because they know the industry, and they know how hard I worked, and how much it meant to me getting that role," Dynevor told The Guardian (opens in new tab). "But not my grandparents. And with my younger brother…well, it’s awkward." We totally get it.
Phoebe Dynevor height: how tall is she?
According to IMDb, Phoebe Dynevor is around 5 feet 5 inches tall, which is slightly taller than the average height for women in the UK. For reference, her Bridgerton costar Regé-Jean Page is 5 feet 11 inches, making for quite a height difference onscreen.
Phoebe Dynevor family—are they also actors?
It seems the Dynevor family is blessed with a talent for the arts. Phoebe's mother is British actress Sally Dynevor, who has played Sally Webster in the British soap opera Coronation Street since 1984. (For the uninitiated US reader, soaps are a big deal in the UK and are on pretty much every weeknight, so Sally is something of a household name across the pond.) Phoebe's father, Tim Dynevor, also works in the TV/film world and is a scriptwriter.
Phoebe comes from a loving family and is super close to both her parents and siblings. In an interview with Glamour UK, she said: "The Bridgerton family are a really, super-tight-knit family and I have the same thing at home. I'm really close to my parents and my family—they have shaped me every way they could; they've been such an amazing support system."
Case in point: aged 11, she pestered her parents into attending open auditions for The Golden Compass. “I didn’t end up getting the role, but I had the best day of my life," she told The Guardian. "From then on, it was like, ‘Right, what’s next? How are we doing this?’ My mum and dad couldn’t stop me.”
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What has Phoebe Dynevor starred in?
The 26-year-old actress has appeared in a number of British shows over the years, including Waterloo Road (which her co-star Regé-Jean Page also appeared in back in the day). Phoebe played student Siobhan Mailey when she was just 14, appearing in 20 episodes in total.
Her other TV credits include Prisoners' Wives, Dickensian, and the American comedy series Snatch. She also starred in the comedy-drama series Younger alongside Hilary Duff.
Phoebe has admitted that the most challenging thing about her role in Bridgerton was the dancing. "I was really nervous about the dancing because I've always told myself that I’m not a dancer, so I started to believe it," she told Town and Country (opens in new tab).
"We had this incredible choreographer called Jack Murphy, and we had six weeks of rehearsals before filming began. It really helped the chemistry between Regé and me because we had to learn to dance together, and that very much informed our acting relationship.
"There were also a lot of scenes where we had dialogue during these dance routines, which looks easy, but it's quite difficult to pull off. Those scenes were the most nerve-racking, but also the most fulfilling."
Phoebe Dyvenor feminism—the star advocates for women
Phoebe has shown that she isn't afraid to call out some of the ways women are treated in the mainstream media. She often uses her social media platforms to champion issues she feels passionately about—including calling out the press when they target a powerful woman and attempt to tear her down.
Last year, she shared the below Instagram post with the caption: "Trying to wrap my head around the social urge to break apart vulnerable women in the public eye. They do not belong to you."
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Phoebe Dynevor on 'Bridgerton' sex scenes
Sex can be daunting at the best of times, let alone when there's a film crew and cameras looking on. But Phoebe appears to have taken it in her stride, and has opened up about exactly how those Bridgerton sex scenes were filmed.
“We would rehearse the sex scenes like stunts," she explained. "I would literally know exactly where a guy was going to put his hand at what moment. And we’d have props, like mats, that went in between us. It was more intricately choreographed than our dance routines in a way, so I never really felt exposed at all.”
As for "going solo" for Daphne's self-love scene, Phoebe admitted she had to nail it in one take without rehearsing. In an interview with Glamour (opens in new tab) she confessed: “On my own, it’s a different thing. The stage directions are very specific: You have to [perform having] an orgasm. It’s a difficult thing to rehearse, which means you don’t. You just do it.”
And not forgetting the question on everyone's lips" what was it like for Phoebe to work opposite the Duke of Hastings, a.k.a. Regé-Jean Page? “It was a big moment in both of our lives in a lot of ways, and we were both quite nervous about it," she said of the on-screen partnership. "We spent so much time rehearsing together that we’ve become good mates. Unfortunately now he’s off in Los Angeles, but we check in with each other a lot.”
We're looking forward to seeing what comes next for Phoebe!
Lizzie is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist who writes for titles such as Metro.co.uk, Evening Standard, Refinery29, Woman & Home, Ideal Home and Spectator Life. You'll find her looking up new restaurants and bars on Instagram or scrolling through cute dog videos. She also loves travelling, running, cooking and cross-stitching.
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