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's vice-president of inclusion strategy has said Bridgerton's racially diverse cast was the result of an 'inclusion lens' being applied to casting decisions. 

Verna Myers said the company supported diverse lead producers and showrunners for the series as well as its executive producer Shonda Rhymes.

Bridgerton is a romantic drama set in Regency London which re-imagines the period as one where black and white people were equal.   

Strategy: Netflix's vice-president of inclusion strategy has said Bridgerton's racially diverse cast was the result of an 'inclusion lens' being applied to casting decisions (Phoebe Dynevor and Rege-Jean Page pictured)

Strategy: 's vice-president of inclusion strategy has said Bridgerton's racially diverse cast was the result of an 'inclusion lens' being applied to casting decisions (Phoebe Dynevor and Rege-Jean Page pictured)

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Ms Myers told The Guardian: 'We’ve got to get folks in front of the camera and behind the camera. When that happens you’re going to get something you’ve never seen before. Bridgerton is something we have never seen before.'

'We help out all of our creative folks in content and marketing with what we call an inclusion lens, when they’re casting and when they’re green lighting: see who's there, see who isn’t.'

Ms Myers said the historical lack of black employees in the technology and entertainment industries is down to industry trends and said has put special emphasis on recruiting black employees.

She explained: 'We had a special person to think about recruitment, specifically for underrepresented groups, and we started with people of colour, and we really emphasised black.'

Story: Bridgerton is a romantic drama set in Regency London which re-imagines the period as one where black and white people were equal (Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury)

Story: Bridgerton is a romantic drama set in Regency London which re-imagines the period as one where black and white people were equal (Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury)

The VP added that she did not think the problem was specific to and was instead a 'function of the industry'.

Ms Myers said companies should back up talk of diversity with action such as 's new £350,000 investment scheme to help develop black creative talent. 

Speaking about the Black Lives Matter movement, Ms Myers said she believes it has opened peoples eyes to a 'social hierarchy' that exists in the world. 

Diversity: Verna Myers (pictured) said the company supported diverse lead producers and showrunners for the series as well as its executive producer Shonda Rhymes

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Diversity: Verna Myers (pictured) said the company supported diverse lead producers and showrunners for the series as well as its executive producer Shonda Rhymes

Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan recently had some harsh sentiments for those who have criticised the show for its diverse casting.

In a string of tweets, the actress, 33, touted the success of the racy period drama as proof of audiences’ fervent acceptance of the show and its cast.

'You know the way some people were like "Diversity in period drama doesn’t work..."' Nicola tweeted.

'63 million households thought it did tho so,' she continued, adding a skull emoji.

Speaking out: Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan (pictured, right) recently had some harsh sentiments for those who have criticised the show for its diverse casting

Speaking out: Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan (pictured, right) recently had some harsh sentiments for those who have criticised the show for its diverse casting 

She wrote on Twitter: 'Remember people were trying to downvote the show on IMDB cos it was so diverse? You can’t downvote us being Netflix['s] fifth biggest original release ever'

She wrote on Twitter: 'Remember people were trying to downvote the show on IMDB cos it was so diverse? You can’t downvote us being ['s] fifth biggest original release ever'

Minutes later, the Galway, Ireland-born thesp added, 'Remember people were trying to downvote the show on IMDB cos it was so diverse?

'You can’t downvote us being ['s] fifth biggest original release ever.

It comes after Bridgerton was officially been renewed by for series 2 after weeks of speculation.

The second season will focus on Anthony Bridgerton's (Jonathan Bailey) quest to find a wife after his turbulent love life was played out in the first series. 

The series follows the self-titled family and how their lives are turned upside-down by the revelations of the illusive and anonymous Lady Thistledown in London.   

Success: It comes after Bridgerton was officially renewed for series 2 after weeks of speculation (show lead Phoebe Dynevor in programme still)

Success: It comes after Bridgerton was officially renewed for series 2 after weeks of speculation (show lead Phoebe Dynevor in programme still)

 confirmed the news in a tongue-in-cheek statement penned as mysterious show lead Lady Whistledown. 

They also shared the news on Twitter and YouTube with a montage of best clips from series one.

The statement read: 'The ton are abuzz with the latest gossip, and so it is my honour to impart to you: Bridgerton shall officially return for a second season. I do hope you have stored a bottle of ratafia for this most delightful occasion.

'This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony

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