Let’s discuss who has become MY favorite hottie in the Bridgerton series now that Regé-Jean Page has moved on: Luke Thompson. This floppy-haired charmer plays second-oldest son Benedict, and he’s funny, arty, and already getting his kit off — I can’t WAIT until he’s the focus on the season (possibly season 3, if they stick with the book order). He hasn’t done much else, frock-flick-wise, but I dredged up some period stuff, and I plan to keep both my eyes very fixed on him for future performances.
Shakespeare’s Globe: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014)
Thompson got his start in theater, so I’m including filmed performances here! He played Lysander — and helpfully got his shirt off. Yum!
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2014)
A late-Victorian-set detective series, Thompson played “Joshua Hallows” in the episode, “The Ties That Bind.”
Globe on Screen: Julius Caesar (2015)
Another filmed Shakespeare’s Globe production. He played Mark Antony.
Thompson’s first non-stage film role was a tiny little one, “Warrant Officer,” in the World War II film.
Bridgerton (2020- )
As artistic second son Benedict, with tall, floppy hair and high, high collars. I love how his character is very teasing of his siblings. And how he’s already been shagging right and left!
A based-on-a-true-story film about the 1970 Miss World competition, focusing on the feminists (including Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley) who protested it and a Black contestant (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). It was a great film, just a little too recent for us to really review! Thompson played anti-apartheid activist (and future British politician) Peter Hain.
Who’s your favorite of the various Bridgerton boys?