‘Bridgerton’ Star Banita Sandhu Reveals Which Other Character She’d Rather Play

The key to the hit TV show ‘Bridgerton”s success lies in its ability to resonate with viewers from all over the world, according to one of its actresses. Banita Sandhu, who plays Miss Malhotra in the Netflix period drama, emphasised that the show’s diverse cast allows people from “every country” to see themselves represented.

Sandhu highlighted that Bridgerton features characters of different ethnicities with significant storylines, rather than being merely “ornamental.” This approach ensures that the show’s portrayal of early 19th-century high society in London is inclusive and reflective of its diverse audience.

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The actress, who grew up in Caerleon, Newport, after her grandparents migrated from Punjab, northern India, shared her personal experiences as an actor of colour. She noted that while acting is challenging in itself, being an actor of colour adds another layer of difficulty.

Sandhu expressed hope that ‘Bridgerton”s inclusive storytelling would pave the way for more diverse stories to be told. She believes that such representation is crucial for a better understanding of history and the diverse cultural landscape of the United Kingdom.

She added that ‘Bridgerton’’s global popularity stems from its ability to offer viewers from various backgrounds a chance to see themselves in significant roles. This inclusivity, she said, is what makes the show particularly special, especially for her as an Indian actress working alongside a diverse cast.

Moreover, Sandhu pointed out that Bridgerton’s diverse casting is not merely a creative choice but is grounded in historical reality. She mentioned that Indian families were indeed part of British high society at the time, including a royal family from Punjab and an Indian godchild of Queen Victoria, underscoring the authenticity of the show’s representation.

-Sushmita Sarkar