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This Bridgerton Actor Had A Major Role In Harry Potter & Appeared In GoT!

today15 January 2021

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Ah, Bridgerton – the steamy, dreamy and oh so cheeky period drama that sneaked its way into our lives and our hearts the minute it dropped on Netflix. Everything about the show is on point: from the immaculate sets to the gorgeous styling, and equally gorgeous cast – it’s no wonder people are obsessed with the show. But, while all eyes are on the pair that headline the first season (yes, there will be more seasons, dear reader!) Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor, one rather familiar face has stuck out to viewers. It is that of actor and model Frederic Wilhelm C.J. Sjöström (better known as Freddie Stroma), who plays Prince Frederich of Prussia in the series.

 

 

Now, full disclosure: the extra af sideburns that a lot of the men in the series sport can be distracting – it does take up HALF of their faces – but if while watching Bridgerton, you too were left wondering, “Where have I seen this actor before?” as Prince Frederich joins the gang, you’re not alone. With a bit of sleuthing, it turns out that many of us would have grown up hating (or at least, mildly despising) Freddie Stroma for his major role in Harry Potter as…

 

 

That’s right (didn’t I say the sideburns were way too distracting?)! He first appeared in ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ as Cormac McLaggen, a Gryffindor student who is Harry’s senior by a year. Due to this uncle’s close ties to the Ministry of Magic, he is introduced during the train journey as a member of Horace Slughorn’s ‘Slug Club’.

 

Notably, McLaggen goes up against Ron Weasley in tryouts for the position of Keeper on the Quidditch team when Potter becomes captain. However, Hermione Granger secretly jinxes him with the Confundus Charm to help Weasley retain his spot. When standing in for Weasly (who was poisoned), he is overbearing (ordering the team about) and clumsy (knocks Potter unconscious with a Bludger). Granger even briefly uses him to spark jealousy in Weasley, by inviting him as her date to Slughorn’s Christmas party (in retaliation for Weasley’s relationship with Lavender Brown). The plan backfires when she becomes exasperated with McLaggen’s arrogant behaviour and she leaves him stranded under the mistletoe and avoids him for the remainder of the party.

 

Stroma went on to reprise his role as McLaggen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (where he is seen on the Hogwarts Express), and in Part 2 (he is seen participating in, and surviving, the Battle of Hogwarts).

 

The 34-year-old has held multiple roles in his almost 15-year career; most of them, in quite notable movies too!

 

 

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Stroma has appeared in ‘A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song’ as a British student opposite actress Lucy Hale as her love interest. He also had a minor role in the 2012 hit ‘Pitch Perfect’, as the manager at the local college radio station. In 2016, he joined the cast of the HBO series Game of Thrones in Season 6 as Dickon Tarly, the brother of Samwell Tarly.

 

Stroma is the second cast member to have been revealed to have Harry Potter origins, with fans spotting the ‘Duke of Hastings’ (Regé-Jean Page) as a wedding guest at Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour’s wedding

 

 

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Oof, it looks like it’s time to rewatch Bridgerton to spot who else we may have missed out (or, let’s be honest: to stare into Hastings and Prince Frederich’s dreamy eyes)!

 

Written by: Marissa Anne


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