Hannah Dodd dons chic period attire as she films scenes in London as Francesca for the first time - while Jonathan Bailey reprises his role as Anthony during filming for Bridgerton series three

  • Hannah, 27, was filming for the first time since taking over the role of Francesca from actress Ruby Stokes
  • The star was transformed into the character as she donned a a stunning gown, gloves and heels
  • While her on-screen brother Jonathan, 34, looked dapper in a 1800's costume as he appeared back on set
  • Previous seasons have taken around a year from filming to release, which could put the Bridgerton season three release date in Summer 2023 

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Filming for the highly anticipated series three of Bridgerton continued on Wednesday as the cast were spotted on set in South London. 

And new addition Hannah Dodd looked strikingly different as she transformed into Francesca Bridgerton for the first time since filming started.

The actress, 27, stood out in chic period attire, made up of a stunning gown, gloves and heels while beaming beside her new on-screen brother Jonathan Bailey as he reprises his role as Anthony. 

New look: Hannah Dodd looked strikingly different as she transformed into Francesca Bridgerton for the first time as she filmed Bridgerton scenes in South London

New look: Hannah Dodd looked strikingly different as she transformed into Francesca Bridgerton for the first time as she filmed Bridgerton scenes in South London 

Hannah looked radiant as she sported a soft glam makeup look with a nude lip, while her hair was in a stylish updo. 

A new casting announcement was made when it was revealed that the seventh Bridgerton sibling, Francesca, would finally be introduced in the third instalment of the franchise.

Ruby Stokes was originally set to play the eldest Bridgerton daughter, however due to scheduling conflicts she has stepped down and been replaced by Anatomy of a Scandal and Eternals star Hannah Dodd.

Siblings: The actress, 27, stood out in chic period attire, made up of a stunning gown, gloves and heels while beaming beside her new on-screen brother Jonathan Bailey as he reprises his role as Anthony

Siblings: The actress, 27, stood out in chic period attire, made up of a stunning gown, gloves and heels while beaming beside her new on-screen brother Jonathan Bailey as he reprises his role as Anthony

Stunning: Hannah looked radiant as she sported a soft glam makeup look with a nude lip, while her hair was in a stylish updo

Stunning: Hannah looked radiant as she sported a soft glam makeup look with a nude lip, while her hair was in a stylish updo

Character: A new casting announcement was made when it was revealed that the seventh Bridgerton sibling, Francesca, would finally be introduced in the third instalment of the franchise

Character: A new casting announcement was made when it was revealed that the seventh Bridgerton sibling, Francesca, would finally be introduced in the third instalment of the franchise

Francesca is a bit of a mystery within her chatty, extroverted family and only had two fleeting appearances in Season one.

Despite her reserved nature, she goes along to get along when it comes to social affairs, fortified with a dry wit and pragmatism that confound the fickle ton yet seem to draw attention when she least desires it.

The character then appeared in the first three episodes of season 2 but disappeared  without an explanation, leaving viewers confused.

Casting: Due to scheduling conflicts she has stepped down and been replaced by Anatomy of a Scandal and Eternals star Hannah

Casting: Due to scheduling conflicts she has stepped down and been replaced by Anatomy of a Scandal and Eternals star Hannah

Role: Francesca is a bit of a mystery within her chatty, extroverted family and only had two fleeting appearances in Season one

Role: Francesca is a bit of a mystery within her chatty, extroverted family and only had two fleeting appearances in Season one

Playing the part: Despite her reserved nature, she goes along to get along when it comes to social affairs, fortified with a dry wit and pragmatism that confound the fickle ton yet seem to draw attention when she least desires it

Playing the part: Despite her reserved nature, she goes along to get along when it comes to social affairs, fortified with a dry wit and pragmatism that confound the fickle ton yet seem to draw attention when she least desires it

Who is newest Bridgerton star Hannah Dodd?

  • She's set to grace Bridgerton fans' screens as she replaces Ruby Stokes as Francesca Bridgerton in the upcoming season, but Hannah Dodd has already has a slew of acting and model credits to her name
  • The 27-year-old, who was named as as one the UK’s 'rising stars' by Marie Claire, rose to the limelight in her recent role as a young Sophie in Netflix drama series Anatomy Of A Scandal
  • Graduating in 2017 from the London Studio Centre, Hannah has previously starred in Eternals, Find Me In Paris and Enola Homes 2 
  • Hailing from London, the star also previously landed a major Burberry campaign, modelling alongside Romeo Beckham in 2015
  • And earlier this year, Hannah was reportedly dating singer Sam Fender, with the romance never confirmed by the couple
  • The Sun reported in April: 'Sam thinks Hannah is absolutely stunning and has been liking her pictures like crazy, which is of course very flattering for her. She has also followed him back and they are getting on very well. It’s a case of watch this space'
  • The beauty has sported a variety of different looks too, stepping out with bright blonde locks for a 2015 Burberry show, as opposed to her current redhead tresses 
Changing look: The beauty has sported a variety of different looks too, stepping out with bright blonde locks for a 2015 Burberry show (left) as opposed to her current redhead tresses (right, pictured in April this year)
Off-screen: She stunned earlier this year while attending the Anatomy Of A Scandal world premiere

Changing look: The beauty has sported a variety of different looks too, stepping out with bright blonde locks for a 2015 Burberry show (left) as opposed to her current redhead tresses (right, pictured in April this year)

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Elsewhere on set, Jonathan looked dashing in an 1800's costume which included long suit jackets and shirt as he stood beside Luke Newton who plays his on-screen brother Colin Bridgerton.

Another familiar face on set was Simone Ashley, who plays Anthony's wife Kate, who appeared in high spirits while donning a yellow gown. 

The cast appeared to be filming a lavish event as they all gathered in their best gear outside of the grand venue.

Dapper: Elsewhere on set, Jonathan looked dashing in an 1800's costume which included long suit jackets and shirt

Dapper: Elsewhere on set, Jonathan looked dashing in an 1800's costume which included long suit jackets and shirt

Favourites: He stood beside Luke Newton who plays his on-screen brother Colin Bridgerton

Favourites: He stood beside Luke Newton who plays his on-screen brother Colin Bridgerton

Family: The Bridgerton family put on a united front as they stood outside the grand house

Family: The Bridgerton family put on a united front as they stood outside the grand house 

The popular period drama has confirmed that it is back in production after the record-breaking second season was released in March.

The third season will focus on another of the Bridgerton siblings - Colin - but will break tradition and skip the third Julia Quinn novel and jump to the fourth, Romancing Mister Bridgerton.

New show-runner Jess Brownell confirmed in an interview with Variety that season three is skipping ahead to book four and focusing on Colin and Penelope's love story.

A potential romance has been teased between the pair throughout the last two seasons, as wallflower Penelope pined for Colin from the side of the ballroom while he took centre stage.

Beaming: Another familiar face on set was Simone Ashley, who plays Anthony's wife Kate, who appeared in high spirits while donning a yello gown

Beaming: Another familiar face on set was Simone Ashley, who plays Anthony's wife Kate, who appeared in high spirits while donning a yello gown

Speaking to Deadline, Ashley said: 'We're going to be back! Kate and Anthony are just getting started'

Speaking to Deadline, Ashley said: 'We're going to be back! Kate and Anthony are just getting started'

Much-loved: The popular period drama has confirmed that it is back in production after the record-breaking second season was released in March

Much-loved: The popular period drama has confirmed that it is back in production after the record-breaking second season was released in March

Looking good: The family all donned their traditional bold period attire while chatting in front of the stunning garden

Looking good: The family all donned their traditional bold period attire while chatting in front of the stunning garden

New: The third season will focus on another of the Bridgerton siblings - Colin - but will break tradition and skip the third Julia Quinn novel and jump to the fourth, Romancing Mister Bridgerton

New: The third season will focus on another of the Bridgerton siblings - Colin - but will break tradition and skip the third Julia Quinn novel and jump to the fourth, Romancing Mister Bridgerton

However their storyline ended in an awkward position at the end of the last series, after Penelope overheard Colin mocking the idea of marrying her to his friends.

Brownell explained: 'I really feel like it's Colin and Penelope's time. Because we've been watching both of these actors on our screens since Season 1, we've already invested in them a little bit. We know who they are as people.

'Instead of treading water on that dynamic, we wanted to push it into their season. It really felt like the perfect moment to tee it up.'

She added: 'I think Shonda Rhimes has said publicly before that she wants to have eight seasons. We hope to get to tell every sibling's love story and they will always be in each season.

Exciting: New showrunner Jess Brownell confirmed in an interview with Variety that season three is skipping ahead to book four and focusing on Colin and Penelope's love story

Exciting: New showrunner Jess Brownell confirmed in an interview with Variety that season three is skipping ahead to book four and focusing on Colin and Penelope's love story

Wow: The cast appeared to be filming a lavish event as they all gathered in their best gear outside of the grand venue

Wow: The cast appeared to be filming a lavish event as they all gathered in their best gear outside of the grand venue

Set: Previous seasons have taken around a year from filming to release, which could put the Bridgerton season three release date in Summer 2023

Set: Previous seasons have taken around a year from filming to release, which could put the Bridgerton season three release date in Summer 2023

Highly-anticipated: It was reported earlier in the year that cameras would start rolling for the third season in the summer, with pre-production already well underway

Highly-anticipated: It was reported earlier in the year that cameras would start rolling for the third season in the summer, with pre-production already well underway

Previous seasons have taken around a year from filming to release, which could put the Bridgerton season three release date in Summer 2023.

It was reported earlier in the year that cameras would start rolling for the third season in the summer, with pre-production already well underway.

At the second of series two, Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) discovers that her best friend Penelope is Lady Whistledown and has secretly been behind the gossip column for years. 

In one of the final scenes, Eloise is heartbreakingly seen confronting her friend over her suspicions after she finds hundreds of copies of Whistledown in Penelope's bedroom. 

Speaking about the status of their friendship in the new series, Nicola told Entertainment Tonight: 'They have to [reconcile]. They have to, because it would break my heart [if they didn't]. 

Also, I think, in deep life-long friendships, there are moments like that when you do fight and you've just got to learn to grow a little bit. But I think Penelope has got some apologizing to do. I think she has some apologizing to do.'

Pals: Penelope's friendship with Eloise (Claudia Jessie) hit the rocks at the end of the second series - and the pair are seemingly set to grow even further apart in the third season

Pals: Penelope's friendship with Eloise (Claudia Jessie) hit the rocks at the end of the second series - and the pair are seemingly set to grow even further apart in the third season

So far, no new cast exits have been confirmed after Regé-Jean Page quit the show following his lead role as the Duke Of Hastings, Simon Basset.

When quizzed on whether he was upset that producers may recast his part, Regé brushed off the speculation and said they were 'free to do as they wanted'.

However it seems series two leads Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Bridgerton (Simone Ashley) are set to return in the upcoming season.

Speaking to Deadline, Ashley said: 'We're going to be back!' She continued: 'Kate and Anthony are just getting started. In season two, there was a lot of push and pull between Kate and Anthony, there were complications with the family, and then they find each other towards the end. I think everything is just starting.'

Steamy: Season two of Bridgerton saw Lord Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) becoming embroiled in a love triangle with Sharma sisters Edwina (Charithra Chandran) and Kate (Simone Ashley)

Steamy: Season two of Bridgerton saw Lord Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) becoming embroiled in a love triangle with Sharma sisters Edwina (Charithra Chandran) and Kate (Simone Ashley)

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Hannah Dodd dons chic period attire as she films Bridgerton scenes as Francesca

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