She dazzled TV audiences as the sharp-witted Miss Sharma in Bridgerton.

And now actress Simone Ashley is set to wow music fans after teaming up with Fraser T Smith, the producer behind Adele's No 1 hit Set Fire To The Rain.

Ms Ashley has already recorded some material with Smith and is now expected to find herself at the centre of a frantic bidding war among record labels keen to sign her to record a whole album.

One industry insider said: 'If she finds enough time to devote to her music, Simone could even end up becoming a successful as someone like Adele.

'She is really versatile in what she does.

'A real mix of soul, pop and indie. Perfect for today's market.'

Ms Ashley, 29, who already has appeared on the cover of Vogue and played Indira, a sister of Ariel, in the 2023 live-action film adaptation of Disney's The Little Mermaid, is said to be thrilled to have teamed up with Smith in the studio.

She now looks set to combine her early love of music with her successful career as an actress, having once said: 'I started out doing music before I did anything else at the age of about eight, but I never pursued it.'

Ms Ashley has spoken of her wish to appear in the fourth series of Bridgerton, which will be based on the second novel in Julia Quinn's series, The Viscount Who Loved Me. Fans of the hit Netflix show will be eager to see how her romance with Anthony Bridgerton, played by actor Jonathan Bailey, develops.

Asked earlier this month at the Monte Carlo TV Festival whether she and Bailey would appear in the next series, Ms Ashley said: 'Both Johnny and I adore our characters so much and their relationship and what they mean for the show.

'I think we'll do all we can with our schedules to make it work so that we can, hopefully.'

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