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Phoebe Dynevor has confessed she was on the verge of quitting acting and heading back to the UK before she landed the lead role in Bridgerton.
The 26-year-old actor had been living in Los Angeles for nine months with little success before she got the call for a screen test with co-star Regé-Jean Page.
“I was ready to go home, sort of throw in the towel, and see the fam for a bit," Dynevor told the Mirror.
“I had two suitcases filled with all my things. I told my flatmate ‘I’m so sorry, I have to go’ and to sell my furniture and sort it out. Bless her, thankfully she’s still my friend.”
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Dynevor said it was then a case of a "crazy whirlwind" as she was flown back to London by Netflix for rehearsals on the show.
Thankfully for Dynevor, Bridgerton turned out to be a record-breaking success on Netflix, with more than 63 million accounts watching the show in its first month of release over Christmas.
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Unsurprisingly, the streamer quickly greenlit a second season and has now confirmed that there will be a third and a fourth, at the very least.
Dynevor is currently filming the second season and said that Regé-Jean Page's Duke of Hastings will "definitely be referred to", even though he won't be appearing.
The star, whose mother is Coronation Street stalwart Sally Dynevor, said her family tried to talk her out of pursuing a career in the up and down world of acting.
“I’ve been through so many periods of my life, six months to a year of absolutely nothing. It’s really hard," said Dynevor.
“You have to push through that. Hats off to actors. We have to give ourselves the momentum to keep going because no one else will give it to you.”
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Dynevor, whose career started with a recurring role on Waterloo Road, will now make her feature film debut with Sky Cinema movie The Colour Room.
In the film, she will play famous ceramicist Clarice Cliff as the lead of a cast which includes Matthew Goode and David Morrissey.
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