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Bridgerton’s new queer hunk James Phoon is flooding everyone’s britches

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Netflix‘s Regency Era hit Bridgerton has a habit over introducing us to absolute dreamboats to crush on.The inaugural season featured the handsome Regé-Jean Page, season two gave the spotlight to out heartthrob Jonathan Bailey, and now we have a new guy to obsess over: James Phoon.The queer, British and East-Asian actor joins the cast in season three as Harry Dankworth, the sweet, silly, and slightly naive new husband to Prudence Featherington (Bessie Carter), whose younger sister Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) is at the center of the drama this time around.Subscribe to our newsletter for your front-row seat to all things entertainment with a sprinkle of everything else queer.In many ways, the dashing but dopey Dankworth is Bridgerton‘s newest resident himbo, and Phoon does a fantastic job delivering some comic relief while still giving the character dimension.Bridgerton may be Phoon’s biggest breakthrough to date, but the young actor has been very busy the past few years.

For one, he makes quite the impression in The BBC and Hulu’s dark and campy whodunit series Wreck, and he can currently be seen in the play Underdog: The Other Other Brontë at the National Theatre in London.And while a number of his previous credits are voice roles—including video games like Rise Of The Ronin, animated series like Dodo, and Doctor Who; The Lost Stories—we’re thrilled he’s getting opportunities to step in front of the camera, because that smile deserves to be seen!A post shared by James Phoon (@jamesphoon_)In a way, Phoon follows in Bailey’s footsteps on Bridgerton—as an out, gay actor playing straight in the world of the show—highlighting how the industry is slowly but surely becoming more open-minded about casting LGBTQ+ talent, and not just in queer roles.“It’s a balance of both sides that you need,” the actors says, reflecting on the opportunity with Pink News.

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