HBO’s “The Gilded Age” Season 2 is preparing to debut on out screens this fall and for the most part, we will see the return of every character!
Only one character will go missing during the 2nd season and that’s Tom portrayed by Thomas Cocquerel.
On the bright side, The Gilded Age is expanding its cast in a big way for Season 2, going from 12 to 24 series regulars, and deepening the Upstairs, Downstairs feel of the show. That includes the promotion of 13 actors who recurred in Season 1 to series regulars: Kelli O’Hara as socialite Aurora Fane, Donna Murphy as NY society leader Mrs. Astor, Debra Monk as Van Rhijn’s lady’s maid Armstrong, Kristine Nielsen as Van Rhijn’s cook Mrs. Bauer, Taylor Richardson as Van Rhijn’s housemaid Bridget, Ben Ahlers as Van Rhijn’s footman Jack Trotter, Kelley Curran as Bertha Russell’s former lady’s maid Turner, Douglas Sills as Russells’ chef Baudin aka Borden, Celia Keenan-Bolger as Russells’ housekeeper Mrs. Bruce, Michael Cerveris as George Russell’s valet Watson, Erin Wilhelmi as housemaid Adelheid Weber, Patrick Page as George Russell’s secretary Richard Claym and Sullivan Jones as publisher T. Thomas Fortune.
“The Gilded Age” was a period of immense economic change, of huge fortunes made and lost, and of fierce rivalry between old money and new. Nowhere is that rivalry more apparent than on East 61st Street, where Marian Brook and her thoroughly old money aunts, Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook, live opposite the stupendously rich George and Bertha Russell. The Russells are both fiercely ambitious, he financially, she socially, and they are determined to reach the highest echelons of New York. Meanwhile in Brooklyn, Marian’s friend and confidant Peggy Scott forges her own path in the world of the Black elite. In this glittering world on the brink of the modern age, will the established rules of society prevail, or will the game change entirely?
The Gilded Age is created, written and exec produced by Fellowes with Gareth Neame and David Crockett also exec producing. Michael Engler directs and executive produces with Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Bob Greenblatt. Sonja Warfield is a writer and co-executive producer and Erica Dunbar serves as historical consultant and co-executive producer.
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