Fans of Netflix's smash hit Bridgerton will know Luke Newton as the charismatic and hopeless romantic Colin Bridgerton.

The Regency romance is set to return to our screens very soon with the focus shifting to the eldest Bridgerton brother Anthony and some exciting new faces.

However, you might also recognise the Shoreham-by-Sea actor from other major shows and productions over the years.

Here's everything you need to know about the Bridgerton heartthrob ahead of the period drama's return.

The Argus: Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton, Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton in episode 203 of Bridgerton. Credit: Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton, Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton in episode 203 of Bridgerton. Credit: Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

Who is Luke Newton?

Luke Newton was born on February 5 1993 in Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex, making him 29 years old.

Newton has a younger sister and he went to Northbrook College Sussex which is now part of Greater Brighton Metropolitan College.

If you love boybands - wait for it - because Luke was in one and it was called South 4.

The West Sussex actor then went on to train at the London School of Musical Theatre before breaking into acting.

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Who does Luke Newton play in Bridgerton?

Luke Newton plays Colin Bridgerton who is the third oldest sibling and son in the Bridgerton family. 

At the beginning of the series, we find out that Colin wants to see the world with travel plans starting in Greece before exploring Europe. 

However, his head is quickly turned (much to his close friend Penelope Featherington's dismay) to the new girl in town, Marina Thompson. 

We left Colin brokenhearted after finding out Marina attempted to trick him into marrying her after she became pregnant with another man's child.

Fans will need to wait until book four - and presumably series four - Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn for Colin's love story. 

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What else has Luke Newton starred in?

If you've been sleeping on Bridgerton, you might recognise Luke from a few other major shows on the telly. 

You may recognise Newton from his role in the tv series The Lodge where he played the character Ben Evans.

The 29-year-old also starred in the popular BBC soap Doctors, Mr Selfridge as Richard Brackenbury and Luke Atwood in The Cut.

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Is Luke Newton on social media?

You'll be glad to hear that Luke Newton is in fact on social media which is perfect for some scrolling to tide you over until the new series drops.

Before you follow the actor on Instagram @lukenewtonuk and Twitter on the handle @LukeNewtonUK, sitting is advised and swooning is likely.

Bridgerton series two will be available to stream on Netflix from March 25, 2022.