The Untold Truth About Bridgerton's Golda Rosheuvel

Actress Golda Rosheuvel plays Queen Charlotte in Bridgerton. Netflix's hit series from TV queen Shonda Rhimes follows British high society in Regency-era England. Bridgerton is fiction, but Queen Charlotte is rooted in history. According to People, many historians believe Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitzmany to be the first biracial royal. Rosheuvel is a British actress and singer who is well-known for her theatrical work, and she has received international attention for her work as Queen Charlotte. A few of her television and film credits include Lady Macbeth, Luther, and Silent Witness.

Rosheuvel told Glamour in January 2021 that Queen Charlotte was a role she never even dreamed about playing. "I just wasn't represented. There weren't people that looked like me playing roles like this," she said. "But in terms of representation of color, it's a beautiful, enriching time now. And Netflix is the perfect platform for a show like ours because it's global. The audience can see themselves be represented. And I feel very, very blessed to be part of that."

Rosheuvel was born in Guyana, but her family moved to the UK while she was growing up. In a Q&A with Shondaland, the British star revealed her favorite book is The Secret Garden and that she is "mad" for country music. Keep reading to learn more about the fabulous Bridgerton star!

How Golda Rosheuvel channeled Queen Charlotte

As Queen Charlotte in Bridgerton — Netflix's fifth-biggest original series launch of all time — Golda Rosheuvel has earned rave reviews.

In a January 2021 interview with Essence, the British actress discussed how she brought Queen Charlotte to life. Rosheuvel revealed how her British mother helped her channel the queen: "This is the first time that I wasn't playing a role that didn't completely revolve around me being Black. So for me, this is the first time been able to tap into my mother's side. Do you know what I mean? That side of me that loves afternoon tea and scones with clotted cream and jam, that loves horse riding through the countryside. So when channeling Queen Charlotte, I thought about my mom. I don't know whether my mum pouted, but definitely channeled her with great pride and honor."

Shondaland's Netflix hit is based on Julia Quinn's Bridgerton book series. In an interview with The Times, Quinn weighed in with her support on the choice to cast Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte. The author said that Netflix "very deliberately" choose Rosheuvel to play King George III's wife and queen. The Bridgerton author said, "Many historians believe she had some African background."

Clearly Rosheuvel was born to play Queen Charlotte, and we can't wait to see her in Season 2 of Bridgerton!