When everyone’s new favorite period drama, The Gilded Age, was renewed for season 2 It was no surprise. The hit series from Julian Fellows (Downton Abbey) brings all the drama in America that is fresh and exciting. 


As we previously reported, there are plenty of new characters headed our way in the new season. The majority of our favorite characters will return for season 2. On top of this, 13 recurring characters have been bumped up to series regulars!

Formerly recurring and now promoted are Kelli O’Hara as socialite Aurora Fane and Donna Murphy as NY society leader. Mrs. Astor, Debra Monk as Van Rhijn’s lady’s maid Armstrong, Kristine Nielsen as Van Rhijn’s cook Mrs. Bauer, Taylor Richardson as Van Rhijn’s housemaid Bridget, Ben Ahlers as Van Rhijn’s footman Jack Trotter. Then, Kelley Curran as Bertha Russell’s former lady’s maid Turner, Douglas Sills as Russells’ chef Baudin aka Borden, Celia Keenan-Bolger as Russells’ housekeeper Mrs. Bruce, and Michael Cerveris as George Russell’s valet Watson. As well as, Erin Wilhelmi as housemaid Adelheid Weber, Patrick Page as George Russell’s secretary Richard Claym, and Sullivan Jones as publisher T. Thomas Fortune.

Tom Raikes played by Thomas Cocquerel will not return. But don’t fret, we will still continue to see Audra McDonald as Peggy’s mom Dorothy Scott, and Nathan Lane as social powerhouse Ward McAllister. As well as, John Douglas Thompson as Peggy’s dad Arthur Scott, Ashlie Atkinson as socialite Mamie Fish, Claybourne Elder (Oscar’s secret lover John Adams), and Ward Horton as Aurora’s husband Charles Fane.


The Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, huge fortunes made and lost, and fierce rivalry between old money and new. Nowhere is that rivalry more apparent than on East 61st Street, where Marian Brook and her thoroughly old money aunts, Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook, live opposite the stupendously rich George and Bertha Russell.  The Russells are both fiercely ambitious; he financially, she socially, and they are determined to reach the highest echelons of New York. Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, Marian’s friend and confidant Peggy Scott forge her own path in the world of the Black elite. In this glittering world on the brink of the modern age, will the established rules of society prevail, or will the game change entirely?

What are you most excited about in season 2? Who are your favorite characters/storylines in season 1? Comment below and let me know!