‘Bridgerton 2’ star Simone Ashley is also in Disney’s live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’


Actress Simone Ashley who plays Kate Sharma in ‘Bridgerton 2’ is reportedly also a part of Disney’s much anticipated live-action adaptation of ‘The Little Mermaid’. She stars alongside Halle Bailey who plays the lead Ariel.

Simone’s role in the ‘The Little Mermaid’ has not been disclosed. Her casting in the Disney movie was teased in an interview with ‘The Times’ when it was revealed that the ‘Sex Education’ star will be featuring in a small role in “the live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’”.

Simone Ashley, herself, revealed in an interview with ‘Elle Singapore’ in 2021 that she was actually on the Disney movie set when she received the call that she had bagged the role of Kate Sharma in ‘Bridgerton 2’.

While it is clear that her part is small, speculations are on about her role with most leaning towards Simone playing one of Ariel’s sisters – Alana, Attina, Adella, Arista, Aquata and Andrina. It was reported a while ago that the studio was looking for women of colour for the role of Ariel’s sisters.

The filming for ‘The Little Mermaid’ was done a while ago but the movie has an extensive post production schedule. Disney has scheduled this movie for a theatrical release on May 26, 2023.

The movie has been directed by Rob Marshall and besides Halle Berry as Ariel, it also stars Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula and Daveed Diggs as Sebastian. The other cast members include Jude Akuwudike, Emily Coates, Russell Balogh, Noma Dumezweni, and Adrian Christopher.

Work wise, Simone Ashley is currently starring as the lead Kate Sharma paired alongside Jonathan Bailey who plays the role of Anthony in the second season of ‘Bridgerton’. Simone is also known for her work in the Netflix series, ‘Sex Education’ and besides this she has also starred in a mini-series, ‘The Sisters’, which was a psychological thriller. Simone plays the role of Elise Fox in that series.


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