All the Details on Katherine Ryan's Netflix Show 'The Duchess'

It's the British rom-com you've been waiting for.

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If you clicked into this story searching for a saucy show about Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge that could rival the (English Breakfast) tea spilled on The Crown, then, well, this isn't it. Instead, Netflix's latest series, The Duchess, is about a different Katherine, Katherine Ryan, that is, and it proves to be—as the Brits would say—a cheeky good time. Here's everything to know about season 1 of Netflix's rom-com The Duchess.

What's The Duchess about?

The six episodes follow Katherine, a melodramatic single mom in London with an over-the-top sense of style, a unique relationship with her daughter, Olive, and a deep fear of commitment. Katherine debates having a second kid with her ex (a washed up boy bander). The only problem? She can't stand him, leading to some awkward run-ins. Think: Gilmore Girls meets Fleabag.

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Who stars in The Duchess?

The show stars Canadian actress and comedian Katherine Ryan, who also wrote the series and served as one of the its executive producers. She's much better known across the pond, having hosted several UK panel and comedy shows like Comedy Central UK's Roast Battle, and Your Face or Mine with Jimmy Carr.

The comedian already has two live stand-up specials on Netflix, Katherine Ryan: In Trouble (2017) and Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room (2019), so you can get acquainted with her irreverent sense of humor before her show premieres.

The show is loosely based on Ryan's own life, she previously confirmed to “The Duchess is super authentic I think to my personality, to my stage persona, because it’s a disruptive mum who’s a bad person but a good mum. She’s fashionable, she loves being a mother she’s not sad about it — it’s me, yes. The rest is fiction, but it is a heightened version of me, and I’m really lucky because they’re just letting me go and write the real thing that I would have wanted to, and I don’t think I would have been as lucky with a traditional network, I don’t think they would give me the same liberty that Netflix does. It’s gonna be fun.

The Duchess also stars Steen Raskopoulos as Katherine's devoted boyfriend, Rory Keenan as her ex, Michelle De Swarte as her straight-shooting best, and Kate Bryne as Katherine's precocious daughter.

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Katherine with her daughter Olive (Kate Bryne).

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When does The Duchess premiere?

The show will hit the streaming giant on Friday, September 11. Watch the trailer now.

Is Netflix's The Duchess about Kate Middleton?

No. And it's also not about Meghan Markle. But there's always hope the Duchess of Sussex could make a cameo in a yet-to-be-confirmed season 2.


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Neha Prakash
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As Marie Claire’s Entertainment Director, Neha oversees and executes strategy for all editorial talent bookings and culture coverage across the brand's print and digital entities, including covers, celebrity profiles and features, social takeovers, and video franchises as well as handles talent relations for MC's flagship summit, Power Trip. She's passionate about elevating diverse voices and stories, loves a hot-take, and generally hates reboots. She's worked in media for more than 10 years and her bylines about pop culture, film & tv, and fashion have appeared on Glamour, Vanity Fair, GQ, Allure, Teen Vogue, Brides, and Architectural Digest. She is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.