Bridgerton’s Luke Newton reveals he was living on mate’s sofa before Netflix hit

Bridgerton star Luke Newton has opened up about how starring as Colin Bridgerton in the hit Netflix series has completely changed his life.

Speaking on Monday 28 March's episode of ITV morning show Lorraine, Luke, 29, revealed that he was '"living on his mate's sofa" and working in a bar before he landed the sought after role – one of the ensemble characters in series two of the regency-themed drama.

The actor told the show's host Lorraine Kelly: "When I booked the job I was living on my mate's sofa bed and I was working in a bar, and I actually drove past the bar the other week. It's so crazy how in three years your life can change."

Revealing herself to be a big fan of the series, Lorraine said Luke's success was "obviously" due to his "ability," and added: "Sometimes it's luck, and sometimes the stars align in the right place at the right time."

Looking back on when he first took on the role, Luke admitted he had no idea how big the show would go on to become.

He explained: "We knew that having [Shonda Rhimes' production company] Shondaland and Netflix teaming up together for the first time we were really excited about it, but I don't think anything can prepare you for what happened on Christmas Day that year."

The Netflix phenomenon – which originally aired on Christmas Day in 2020 – became one of Netflix's most-watched series ever, pulling in 82 million streamers in just one month.

The series became a lockdown staple as many households hunkered down and tucked into binge-worthy shows like Bridgerton and Tiger King.

Reflecting on how times have changed since the show's initial release, Luke remembered promoting it from his grandma's house.

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He said: "It was so different celebrating the two different years.

"Compared to this year being on the red carpet, I was doing press from my nan's spare room [for the first series], which actually was as special to me."

And now the star said he's having to get used to being a familiar face, joking that people are now interested in his coffee order.

He laughed: "I was actually in a coffee shop the other day and I could hear people saying, 'I wonder what he orders' and my coffee order is so boring you really don't."

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