Even though Netflix's Bridgerton is an ensemble effort, the main storyline of Season 1 focuses on the love story between Daphne and Simon. But the course of true love doesn't always run smooth. At one point, Daphne looks like she might trade up from the Duke of Hastings to a full-blown Prince, the nephew of Queen Charlotte herself. But who plays Prince Friedrich in Bridgerton? He should look familiar to members of certain fandoms.
Prince Friedrich is played by British actor Freddie Stroma, who started his career as a teen actor in the long-running primetime medical drama Casualty. (Much like American daytime soaps, Casualty is one of those places lots of up-and-coming actors pass through, including fellow Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page.)
But American fans should know Stroma's face as well. His first significant role was in Harry Potter as Gryffindor student Cormac McLaggen. McLaggen is the Slug Club and was Ron's main competition for the position of Keeper on the Quidditch team. He's also one of the most snobbish and egotistical students at Hogwarts (well, aside from all the Slytherins, that is).
Stroma played the role for the three final Harry Potter films: Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Landing the Potter role led to getting cast in TV roles, including UnReal, Lifetime's fictionalized look at reality television, which was a critical darling during its four-season run.
But the most prominent TV series Stroma landed on was one that rivaled his Potter role. In 2016, he was cast in Game of Thrones Season 6 as Dickon Tarly. As Samwell's younger, father-approved brother, Stroma's appearance in "Blood of My Blood" was a sympathetic reversal of the egotistical McLaggen. But that episode was the only time fans got to see him. The part was recast for Season 7, with Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy) as Dickon for the character's big battle scenes.
Since then, Stroma has landed a few lead roles, including playing H.G. Wells in ABC's short-lived Time After Time. As for where playing a prince will take him, that remains to be seen. Fans hope Prince Friedrich will return in Bridgerton Season 2, but no announcements have been made as to whether he will return from Prussia for another season.