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The actress, Golda Rosheuvel, playing the older Queen Charlotte in “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” was born in Guyana. Rosheuvel was born to a Guyanese father and an English mother on May 2, 1970. She moved to England at age five. She said her acting career is partially due to a twist of fate (and ankle), which makes sense, as fate and the arts are a bit of a family legacy.
The 53-year-old is also known for her acting roles in Lady Macbeth (2016), Luther (2010) and Silent Witness (1996). Other theatrical work and a number of on-screen roles include Porgy and Bess, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, Angels in America, Bad Girls: The Musical, and Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2018, Rosheuvel played a lesbian version of Othello in Othello.
In 2019, Rosheuvel was cast as Queen Charlotte in the Netflix period drama Bridgerton produced by Shonda Rhimes. The series premiered on December 25, 2020 and continue with positive reviews from critics.
Golda now plays the older Queen Charlotte in “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” in the new Netflix series spinoff.
“Charlotte is thrown into this world that doesn’t accept her at first, and she has to power through and work it out…Even as she’s being vulnerable, she knows who she is. This is a strong Black woman,” says Rosheuvel of the role.
“The origins of the 57-year romance between Britain’s King George III and Queen Charlotte are the subject of the series, which was created by Shonda Rhimes and based on characters first introduced on-screen in Bridgerton.
“While the British king and queen are very real figures, the six-episode interpretation of their romance is fictional. As the series reminds you in its opening moments.
“Portrayed in their 1800s iterations by Golda Rosheuvel and James Fleet and as their 1700s predecessors by India Amarteifio and Corey Mylchreest, the royal couple aren’t all that was pulled from history books to create the world of Queen Charlotte. Read on for more details about the series’ real-life inspiration.
Queen Charlotte is a love story, but it’s also a narrative of Black girl magic — and the sometimes unbearable weight that comes with it.
“The story takes fans of the Julia Quinn novels-turned-series back in time. Pivoting away from the romantic shenanigans of the Bridgerton family before the next installment of the Regency-era drama, the six-episode series depicts the earliest days of Queen Charlotte’s – the younger queen played by India Amarteifio and the older by Rosheuvel – reign. In the Bridgerton prequel, we peel back the layers of the royal’s icy demeanor and learn the heartbreaking context behind her stern approach to the crown.”
Rosheuvel is a patron of An Tobar and Mull Theatre, a multi art-form creative hub on the Hebridean island of Mull. Her partner is writer Shireen Mula.