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Regé-Jean Page’s impossibly charming portrayal of Duke of Hastings Simon Basset in Bridgerton has earned him an Emmy nomination. His reaction? Just as charming.
“It’s a joy to be seen,” the actor wrote on Tuesday in response to the news that he had been nominated for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for the forthcoming award ceremony on Sept. 19. Page went on to congratulate his fellow cast and crew — a “dazzling group of artists” — on the 12 nominations the Netflix series received, including for outstanding drama series. Page also celebrated the Creative Arts Emmy nomination for Sylvie’s Love, in which he appeared in a supporting role. After listing the many nominations, Page wrote, “And 1 happy, tired boy who gets to be a part of it all.”
This marks Page’s first Emmy nomination since kicking off his acting career over a decade ago in 2004. It’s also a fitting farewell to the beloved Bridgerton character, as Page announced in April that he will not be returning for season two. Page told Variety at the time, “Simon was this bomb of a one-season antagonist, to be reformed and to find his true self through Daphne. I think one of the bravest things about the romance genre is allowing people a happy ending.”