Who is Lady Whistledown in 'Bridgerton'? Here's how her identity was revealed

Wondering who is Lady Whistledown in the 'Bridgerton' series? You've been warned: spoilers are ahead!

Bridgerton. (L to R) Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington, Polly Walker as Lady Portia Featherington, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in episode 205 of Bridgerton
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She's the maker of much drama on Netflix’s Bridgerton, but who is Lady Whistledown?

This delicious drama, blessed with an incredible cast that includes Phoebe Dynevor, Jonathan Bailey and Regé-Jean Page, has been compared to the likes of Gossip Girl. For one, it serves up the drama we crave, and secondly, it features an iconic narrator à la GG. So, who narrates Bridgerton? Just Hollywood royalty herself, Julie Andrews, who voices the concealed Lady Whistledown on the series. 

However, while Andrews performs the voiceovers, we know that she doesn't actually play Lady Whistledown. This is revealed to us in the final moments of season one, as we come face-to-face with the woman who, in her newsletters, has served London with all the hot high-society scandals and gossip. (If you need a refresher on that Bridgerton ending, explained, we've got you.) 

But who is the real Lady Whistledown? Let's dive in. 

*Warning: spoilers ahead!*

Who is Lady Whistledown on 'Bridgerton'?

Lady Whistledown turns out to be none other than Penelope Featherington, played by actress Nicola Coughlan. The final moments of Bridgerton season one reveal all—not only do we get a glimpse of Lady Whistledown’s identity, but we also get to see her whole face as she seals off the final newsletter of the season. It's a truly shocking reveal for some but for the true detectives and book lovers, it simply confirmed what we already knew.

For the lovers of the book series, Lady Whistledown’s identity was revealed in the fourth edition, Romancing Mister Bridgerton. It bears the question—why didn’t the show drag out the mystery a bit longer? And also, what does the reveal of Lady Whistledown's identity mean for Bridgerton season 2?

Speaking on the decision to reveal her identity so soon, showrunner Chris Van Dusen told OprahMag.com: "It felt right for the season to end where we end. I think it sets up future seasons in a really interesting way that I'm excited about." 

Bridgerton. Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in episode 201 of Bridgerton

(Image credit: Liam Daniel/Netflix)

We all saw Penelope Featherington as one of the many women in high society trying to find a suitable husband. In Penelope’s case, she had been trying to catch the eye of her best friend’s brother, Colin Bridgerton, even to the extent of disgracing her family with Lady Whistledown’s reveal of Marina Thompson’s pregnancy. This now makes perfect sense as to how Lady Whistledown knew that information.

However, the biggest shock will come to those who carefully watched her throughout season one as she states quite openly to her best friend Eloise Bridgerton that, unlike her, Penelope does not wish to avoid the traditional domestic life—the opposite of the impression we got from the subversive Lady Whistledown. 

It could be assumed that while Eloise feels that marriage would mean she can have no other ambitions due to the limitations put on women at the time, Penelope sees she can have both and hopes to change London society with her place as Lady Whistledown. Hopefully, season two could bring clarity on Penelope’s reasons for being Lady Whistledown and what Lady Whistledown is going to do next.

We can't wait! Bridgerton season 2 hits Netflix on Friday, March 25, so mark your calendars! 

Liv is a freelance journalist currently studying English at university. She loves covering everything from entertainment and politics to lifestyle and travel. As well as writing for My Imperfect Life, Liv has bylines in The Times, HuffPost, Den of Geek, Bustle The Metro and The Bookseller.

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