'Bridgerton' star Page absent from second series of Netflix smash hit

Los Angeles (AFP) – Rege-Jean Page will not return for the second season of record-breaking Regency romance “Bridgerton,” Netflix said Friday, prompting howls of despair from fans of the dashing Duke of Hastings. The wildly popular series from “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes puts a modern twist on the books about an upper-class family in early 19th-century England, including color-blind casting. British-Zimbabwean actor Page was a breakout star for the first season, but his character’s storylines largely conclude in the opening volume of Julia Quinn’s original books, which each follow a…

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