Viewers of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story were shocked to recognize a famous pop star while watching the hit Netflix show.
Singer Lemar, 45, – who rose to fame on Fame Academy in 2002 – appeared as a gentleman in the period drama.
The hitmaker wore an elegant red jacket over a floral silk vest, matching red trousers and white tights.
He added a white lace tie and wore a long black wig tied up in a fancy ponytail.
Viewers watching at home were stunned when they saw the 1990s icon and took to Twitter to express their shock.
Surprise! Singer Lemar, 45, – who rose to fame on Fame Academy in 2002 – appeared as a gentleman in the period drama
Throwback: Lemar released the hit songs It’s Not That Easy, Dance and If There’s Any Justice and won three Mobo Awards and three BRIT Awards (pictured on Fame Academy with Lionel Richie)
One said, ‘Wait Lemar is in #Bridgerton??? I could not believe my eyes’.
Another commented, “They got Lemar in Queen Charlotte and why hasn’t he aged?”
A third tweeted, “IS THAT FLIPPIN LEMAR??? From Fame Academy?!’
While a fourth commented, “So no one would say Lemar was in #QueenCharlotte!??!”
A fifth asked, “Wait a minute, did I just see Lemar in #Bridgerton?”
And a sixth wrote: ‘I didn’t have 00s pop star Lemar in Bridgerton on my bingo card for 2023’.
Lemar released the hit songs It’s Not That Easy, Dance and If There’s Any Justice and won three Mobo Awards and three BRIT Awards.
He recently released his seventh studio album on March 24 called Page In My Heart, his first new music in eight years.
During his hiatus from music, he was busy producing music for other artists and made a series of TV appearances such as Little Darlings in 2022 and also hosted his own podcast The Lemar Show.
Stunned: Viewers watching at home were stunned after seeing the 1990s icon and took to Twitter to express their shock
Speaking about his performance on Queen Charlotte, Lemar shared some behind-the-scenes photos of him dressing up in costume.
He captioned the snaps: ‘A really cool experience this was…’
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story focuses on the titular monarch’s rise to power and prominence in her early days of reign as the Queen of the United Kingdom.
The show consists of past and present storylines intertwined to tell her story.
The one in present-day Bridgerton is set in 1817 and follows the aftermath of the death of the royal heir, Princess Charlotte.
As she mourns, the Queen – played by Golda Rosheuvel – pressures her children to marry and produce another royal heir.
The other storyline – set even before that in 1761 – tells of the marriage between a young Queen Charlotte – played by India Ria Amarteifio – and King George III.
The spinoff, according to the synopsis, “delves into the past as it explores the monarch’s long marriage to the king” and “the way her racial identity influences her experience and her country.”
BTS: Speaking about his performance on Queen Charlotte, Lemar shared some behind-the-scenes photos of him dressing up in costume
Her Majesty: Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story focuses on the titular monarch’s rise to power and prominence in her early days of reign as the Queen of the United Kingdom
Linked to the Bridgerton verse: The show consists of past and present storylines that intertwine to tell its story alongside some of the returning cast members from the original Bridgerton series
The series also delves into how the Queen dealt compassionately with the King’s mental illness and slide into madness.
The story also explores her early relationship with her dear friend Lady Agatha Danbury – a Bridgerton verse character played by Adjoa Andoh.
The spin-off will also tell the story of a young Violet Bridgerton – the matriarch of the family of eight siblings from the original series.
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story had a huge opening week since its release on Netflix.
The Bridgerton prequel spin-off has already received critical acclaim, drawing 148.28 million viewing hours worldwide in its first four days.
The limited-edition drama series created by Shonda Rhimes ranked as the most watched show of all titles on the streaming platform in the past week.
According to The Hollywood ReporterQueen Charlotte not only ranked in the top 10 of 91 countries, but also ranked number one in 76 of those locations.
A big hit! Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story had a huge opening week since its release on Netflix
The six-episode miniseries has delivered the fourth-best opening week for the streaming giant this year.
Bridgerton’s first season debuted in December 2020 to similar critical acclaim.
Due to the rave reviews, the second segment was quickly greenlit and released in March 2022.
The steamy period drama will return soon for its third season, but a release date hasn’t been announced yet.