Sex Education’s Simone Ashley spotted horse riding for Bridgerton in Windsor

She’s best known for portraying Olivia Hanan in the hit Netflix series Sex Education.

And Simone Ashley, 26, has traded high school classes for lessons in horse riding, as she gets into character as Kate Sharma in Bridgerton. 

The actress was spotted on the back of a horse on Wednesday wearing a dark cloak, navy blue dress and black boots as she filmed for the show in Windsor Great Park, Berkshire.

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Horseplay: Simone Ashley was spotted on the back of a horse on Wednesday in a dark cloak and a blue dress as she filmed Bridgerton scenes as Kate Sharma in Windsor Great Park

New venture: Simone (left) traded high school classes for lessons in horse riding, as she prepares for a ‘much more intense’ role of Kate Sharma  in Bridgerton

The Sex Education star appeared to look cool, calm and collected as she trotted around in the scenic fields with a chestnut coloured horse.

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At one point, Simone and her equine friend ran at speed through the grass while the series crew sprayed water over the pair to create a rain scene.

She was closely followed by who seemed to be her trainer, who also rode on horseback in a more modern outfit of a black padded jacket and blue jeans.

Hard at work: The star was hard at work on the day, proving her ability to take up a new skill for the role

Go for it! The actress ran through the fields with her equine friend

At one point, the series crew sprayed water over the pair to create a rain scene

Netflix described Simone’s new character Kate as ‘a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools — Anthony Bridgerton very much included.’ 

In the first look trailer for Bridgerton, Simone’s character Kate defiantly confronts lothario Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, 33, in a bid to call out his objective views of women. 

Showrunner Chris Van Dusen told Today With Hoda & Jenna that viewers should expect a romantic storyline between Anthony and Kate that’s ‘as sweeping and moving and as beautiful as viewers of the first season have come to expect from the show.’  

Careful watch: Simone was closely followed by who seemed to be her trainer, who also rode on horseback in a more modern outfit of a black padded jacket and blue jeans

Onward! She raced towards the cameras on horseback – and appeared to have been well trained 

Of her latest role, Simone said to Wonderland magazine: ‘I think a lot of the time, people who do have those traits – quite fiery, have a temper, have a raised voice – are actually people with the biggest hearts because there’s work to be done on how you express yourself.’  

The actress revealed that the period drama is ‘much more intense’ than Sex Education, but she knew it’s what she’s ‘meant to be doing.’  

The star said: ‘With Bridgerton, it’s much more intense than Sex Education in the sense that if I’m not filming, I’m horse riding, training or in rehearsals.  

‘I’m in accent training or I’m in a fitting… I’ve never really worn a corset before, so that took some getting used to.’ 

Defiant: In the first look trailer, Simone’s character Kate defiantly confronts lothario Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey (left) in a bid to call out his objective views of women

She previously said: ‘With Bridgerton, it’s much more intense than Sex Education in the sense that if I’m not filming, I’m horse riding, training or in rehearsals’

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The Surrey-born star also mentioned that the tight undergarment has changed her body a little bit, including her posture. 

Regarding Sex Education, which has just been renewed for its fourth season, Simone described it as ‘a really fun job to be a part of.’

She added: ‘I’m so grateful to be a part of that show. It’s a cast and crew of such incredibly intelligent, wonderful people with really big hearts.

‘And, all in all, as well as being part of the series, that was a massive thing I took away from the job, I made some really amazing friends.’

New role: The actress recently revealed that the period drama is ‘much more intense’ than Sex Education, but she knew it’s what she’s ‘meant to be doing’

Worlds away: Simone pictured as Olivia in Sex Education, which has just been renewed for its fourth season

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