Netflix’s latest smash-hit original series Bridgerton has captured the attentions of millions across the globe over the last two weeks.
The eight-part series set in the competitive world of Regency London high society’s ton during the season when debutantes are presented at court has no doubt become one of the most talked-about shows on TV, with an estimated 63 million households tuning in since its Christmas Day release date.
The new period drama has held the number one slot on the Top 10 list in a total of 76 countries and has made the fifth biggest original series debut on the streaming platform to date.
But now fans have uncovered a little-known fact about the show’s lead, and it’s blown our minds.
Phoebe Dynevor – who plays one of the main characters Daphne, the youngest sibling in the Bridgerton family – is actually the daughter of none other than Middleton-born Sally Dynevor, aka Sally Webster from Coronation Street.
What a small world.
With a mother known for playing an iconic television character, and a screenwriter father, perhaps it was clear Phoebe was destined for acting success all along
As the eldest daughter of Sally and Tim Dynevor, Phoebe was born in Trafford and attended the prestigious Cheadle Hulme School in Stockport before she decided to follow in her mum’s acting footsteps. She landed her first role in the popular BBC series Waterloo Road over 10 years ago, and has been earning herself a number of major acting gigs ever since.
Sally Dynevor has been playing cobbles-regular Sally Webster on the ITV soap since 1986, and just last week was awarded an MBE for her services to drama in the 2021 New Year’s Honours list.
From Sally’s Instagram, it’s clear to see she is a very proud mother of Phoebe’s role in Bridgerton, having been sharing lots of promotional clips from the Netflix show, and by looking at both Sally and Phoebe’s social media platforms, they also appear to have a very close relationship and often post pictures together.
And if that wasn’t enough to shock you as it is, fans have made yet another revelation.
The Bridgerton mum-related news just keeps on coming and has seen viewers also freaking out after realising that Phoebe’s on-screen mum – played by Ruth Gemmell – is actually Tracy Beaker’s mum from the 2004 movie spin-off Tracy Beaker: The Movie of Me.
A now-viral tweet revealing the fact has blown the minds of over 50K people.
No wonder it’s the show everyone’s talking point.
Bernardo Silva refused to speak to Bruno Fernandes during the FA Cup final
The first-ever Manchester Derby FA Cup final in history was always going to be an acrimonious affair, but one flare-up fans might not have expected came between midfielders Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva.
Man City took one step closer to winning the treble on Saturday — a feat which would see them equal United’s treasured achievement in 1999 — but at half-time, Bernardo Silva’s derby day mentality was well and truly locked in as the two Portuguese players had a little spat on the pitch.
With the United captain walking up to share a few words with his international teammate as they went to walk down the tunnel, City’s number 20 had no interest in chatting with his compatriot.
In fact, in a moment picked up by the cameras on the day, Bernardo not only did his best to ignore Bruno but even shoved him away when his opposite numbers tried to get his attention.
That’s an icy blue cold shoulder if we’ve ever seen one.
Moreover, while Fernandes has previously insisted he has “a great relationship with Bernardo” and that the two share regular WhatsApp messages throughout the season, he did admit ahead of that game they “normally don’t speak” until after the full-time whistle these days.
That being said, it would seem only Silva got the derby day memo this time around and, much like City have been on the pitch for a good five or six seasons now, he chose to remain ruthless and quite literally push his friendship to the side.
Although seeing rival players (often fellow countrymen or ex-teammates) greeting and hugging each other before, during and after a game is much more commonplace these days, it’s still one that split opinion — especially if you’re Roy Keane.
The United legend has previously slammed a number of players from his former club for being far too friendly in the tunnel before going up against each other — including in a Manchester derby not long ago — stating that they need to “cut that” and “just get down the tunnel”.
Nevertheless, it looks as though the more cutthroat attitude helped the Blues on the day, scoring within 13 seconds to set the tone for the rest of the game.
Pep Guardiola‘s side now only needs to win one more game, the Champions League final against Inter Milan this weekend, to do the treble and put themselves even deeper into the history books than they already are. Either way, many already believe Pep will go down as the greatest of all time.
Holly Willoughby delivers honest and emotional statement addressing Phillip Schofield scandal on This Morning return
Holly Willoughby has officially addressed the ongoing Phillip Schofield scandal on her return to This Morning on Monday.
Making her first appearance since the pair both dropped off the show following Schofield’s admission that he had a relationship with a younger man who worked on the show, his former co-presenter jumped straight into the issue at the top of the show.
“Firstly, are you OK? I hope so. It feels very strange sitting here without Phil and I know that you might be feeling a lot like I have: shaken, troubled, let down, worried for the wellbeing on all sides of what’s been going on, and have lots of questions.
“You, me and all of us at This Morning gave our love and support to someone who was not telling the truth, who acted in a way that they themselves felt they had to resign from ITV and step down from a career they loved. That is a lot to process and it’s equally hard to see the toll that has taken on their own mental health.”
The 42-year-old went on to say, “I think what unites us all now is a desire to heal for the health and wellbeing of everyone. I hope that as we start this new chapter and get back to a place of warmth and magic that this show holds for all of us, we can find strength in each other.
“From my heart, can I just say thank you for all your kind messages and thank you for being here this morning. Myself, Josie, Dermot, Alison, Craig and everyone who works on this show will continue to work hard every single day to bring you the show that we love.”
Stand-in host Josie Gibson then hugged Holly and said: “All we can do now is be the family that we are”.
After making it through the statement, Holly and Josie then jumped back into the regularly scheduled programming as usual.
As for the scandal itself, Schofield recently gave an exclusive interview with the BBC admitting that his “career is over” and had “suicidal thoughts” after the story broke, as well as insisting that he hasn’t spoken with Holly since apart from sending her an apology via text following his own statement.
The 61-year-old continues to deny allegations that he groomed the man he maintained a relationship with for a number of years but ITV has stated that they are continuing to investigate the situation following his resignation.