News Americas, LONDON, England, Tues. May 9, 2023: The actress playing the older Queen Charlotte in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story was born in Guyana. Golda Rosheuvel was born to a Guyanese father and an English mother. She moved to England when she was five.
Rosheuvel, 53, is known for her theatre work and a number of on-screen roles including Porgy and Bess, Macbeth, 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, with positive reviews from critics.
Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte in episode 206 of Bridgerton. (Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022)
She 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.
Netflix’s Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton 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. 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.