This is the one scene Bridgerton author Julia Quinn would change in the Netflix show

Her choice might surprise you...

Harriet Cains, Bessie Carter, Nicola Coughlan, After the Rain', (Season 1, ep. 108, aired Dec. 25, 2020)
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Bridgerton author Julia Quinn has seen her plotlines and characters reach millions of people across the world with Netflix’s hit adaptation. Since its release on Christmas Day 2020, the streaming platform has helped take her already bestselling book series to even greater heights. 

But whilst viewers can’t help wondering who narrates Bridgerton (opens in new tab) and what shows like Bridgerton (opens in new tab) are out there for when they finish the series, as the author of the Bridgerton books, Julia Quinn is in a uniquely knowledgeable position. 

Watching talented actors such as Regé-Jean Page (opens in new tab) and Phoebe Dynevor (opens in new tab) bring characters such as Simon, Duke of Hastings and Daphne Bridgerton to life on screen is surely a dream come true for a writer. 

Julia Quinn certainly seems delighted with the Netflix period drama, though there might just be one small scene she would change. 

But which one is it?

Which Bridgerton scene would author Julia Quinn change?

Taking to Instagram, Bridgerton author Julia Quinn revealed her feelings about one scene in particular. It may surprise fans to learn it’s Prudence Featherington’s famous fainting scene in Bridgerton episode 1 when she is presented to Queen Charlotte. 

The writer posted a picture of Prudence, brilliantly played by Bessie Carter, looking up embarrassed from the floor, whilst everyone else looks on astonished. This includes her less-than-impressed mother, Lady Featherington.  

Calling the post a ‘Prudence Featherington appreciation post’ in the caption, Julia went on to reveal what small thing she'd change about this iconic scene.

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"I tell everyone that there’s not a thing I’d change about @bridgertonnetflix — except maybe I’d like a few more seconds of Prudence fainting. Because seriously, guys, how awesome is Bessie Carter as Prudence??? Her expressions... her SINGING!!! Plus, her Instagram is awesome: @missbessb".

Prudence may not have the most major role in Bridgerton season one, but it seems Julia couldn't be more impressed with talented actor Bessie’s portrayal of her. 

Bessie’s previous roles include TV series Beecham House and Howards End.  

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Who are the Featheringtons in Bridgerton?

In Bridgerton, Prudence Featherington is the older sister of Philippa, played by Harriet Cains, and Penelope, played by Nicola Coughlan. Their parents Baron and Lady Featherington are wonderfully portrayed by Ben Miller and Polly Walker respectively. 

Like the Bridgerton family, the Featheringtons are keen for their children to make suitable marriages. 

We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Featherington siblings if Netflix announces a much-longed for Bridgerton season 2. 

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com.


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!