Welcome to the Dazzling Nicola Coughlan, your largest online source for Irish actress Nicola Coughlan. She is best known for her roles in Channel 4's Derry Girls as Clare Devlin and Netflix's Bridgerton as Penelope Featherington. Our site aims to bring you the latest news on Nicola and her career along with providing a comprehensive gallery of her work and appearances. We hope you enjoy the site and come back soon!
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Gallery Updates Roundup
Sarah • June 22nd, 2021 0 comments

Hi, everyone! Nicola has been pretty busy since the BAFTAs, and so, I am posting all updates from then until now in one post.

BAFTA Backstage & Show Additions

Times BAFTA Portfolio Additions

Lancôme & Elle BAFTA Photoshoot

BAFTA Related Portraits

Attending Alyssa, Memoirs of a Queen Gala Night

Nicola for Bvlgari’s Magnifica Jewelry Campaign

Nicola Takes Part in Bulgari Magnifica Jewelry Campaign
Sarah • June 22nd, 2021 0 comments

‘Your Path Is Your Path’: Rosie Perez, Courtney B. Vance, Nicola Coughlan Talk Maintaining Identity on Supporting Actor Roundtable
Sarah • June 22nd, 2021 0 comments

The supporting actor roundtable at the Variety Virtual TV Fest presented by Amazon Advertising featured a handful of TV’s favorite stars — Nicola Coughlan, Rosie Perez, Anthony Ramos, Courtney B. Vance, Hannah Waddingham and Michael K. Williams — who discussed fighting through imposter syndrome and maintaining identity through the ups and downs of the entertainment industry. The group offered advice, with Perez remembering one piece of wisdom she once heard.

“You know what her problem is? She compares, she compares her career to everybody else and she’s so bitter,” she recalled her friend saying. “It’s the worst thing an actor can do is to compare. Your career is your career, your path is your path. That’s all you need to be concerned about because otherwise you’re just going to be a miserable person.”

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Nicola Participates in ‘In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast’
Sarah • June 11th, 2021 0 comments

Nicola Discusses Bridgerton Season 2 on the BAFTA Red Carpet
Sarah • June 7th, 2021 0 comments

Nicola Attends the BAFTA TV Awards
Sarah • June 6th, 2021 0 comments

Nicola for The Times’ BAFTA Portfolio
Sarah • June 5th, 2021 0 comments

Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan — ‘How many people can say they job-share with Julie Andrews?’
Sarah • June 5th, 2021 0 comments

Netflix’s most watched series has catapulted Nicola Coughlan to international fame – even Drew Barrymore now follows her

In the past year, Nicola Coughlan, 34, has gone from relative unknown straight to the red carpet without ever leaving Galway. The actress, who plays Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton, finished filming in February last year and immediately decamped to spend lockdown with her parents in Ireland. When Bridgerton aired at Christmas it became Netflix’s most watched series: 82 million households around the world watched, agog, as Coughlan’s character was revealed as the mysterious Lady Whistledown, the society chronicler at the heart of the drama. Meanwhile Coughlan was helping her mum with the cooking and cleaning, and the only thing that changed about her life was her Instagram following.

“I went from 200,000 followers to 1.2 million overnight, which is just ridiculous,” she says via Zoom from the London flat to which she’s only recently returned. “Drew Barrymore and Sarah Jessica Parker now follow me. That’s crazy! I’m posting a picture and I’m like, ‘What would Drew Barrymore think? Eighty-two million households is unfathomable, it’s surreal, and the only measure we have of it is online. A million followers on Instagram is a mad number of people.”

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Jonathan Van Ness and Nicola Coughlan Open Up About ‘Rare’ Friendship After Meeting on Instagram
Sarah • June 3rd, 2021 0 comments

For PEOPLE’s 2021 Pride issue, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness and Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan open up about chosen family

Jonathan Van Ness and Nicola Coughlan are major #FriendshipGoals.

For the 2021 Pride issue, PEOPLE spoke to LGBTQ stars about their chosen family, and Van Ness hopped on a Zoom call with Coughlan to open up about their deep bond that quickly transcended friendship.

Before they became friends, the pair were fans of one another. He loved her work as Clare Devlin on Derry Girls, and she — like the rest of the world — was instantly enthralled by the benevolent, non-binary super-hairstylist on Queer Eye.

“Queer Eye had just come out, and I was like, ‘I don’t know who that person is, but I love that person,'” Coughlan, who was so taken with the new self-care guru that she got his face screen-printed on a sweatshirt, recalls to PEOPLE.

After Coughlan tagged Van Ness in a photo of the sweatshirt, the stars, both 34, became fast friends on Instagram in 2018.

“Our friendship really is just so special to me because Nicola’s been in this industry for a minute, and I haven’t, and there’s just been so many times where I had questions and didn’t know what to do, and needed feedback,” Van Ness says. “She’s helped me navigate all sorts of situations that I never thought I’d find myself in.”

The duo finally met in person a year later when Coughlan visited New York City, where they went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child together on Broadway. During the play’s intermission, Van Ness — who was working on his memoir at the time — told the Bridgerton actress that he wanted to publicly reveal his HIV diagnosis.

“A lot of folks in my orbit were like, ‘Are you sure?’ But Nicola has consistently been so supportive,” Van Ness says. “We are consistently there for each other.”

Adds Coughlan: “It felt like we had met before. It just felt like we’d been friends forever. Then our friend groups just sort of melded together.”

Indeed, while COVID-19 kept them physically separated (he in the U.S., she in the U.K.), Van Ness and Coughlan’s bond has only grown stronger during the pandemic.

They stayed in touch with regular Zoom catch-ups and game nights, which included Van Ness’ husband Mark Peacock, his aunt Julie (the “original JVN,” whom Coughlan calls “the most legendary person in the world”), Coughlan’s sister and various friends.

“The fact that our friends and family know one another and have love for one another — that’s incredibly special, and it’s rare in the world. It just means so, so much, honestly,” Coughlan says.

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Nicola for Vanity Fair’s Emmy Portfolio
Sarah • May 21st, 2021 0 comments

“I love costumes. I love hair. I love makeup,” says Nicola Coughlan, who pretty much hit the glam jackpot playing Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton, Netflix’s addictive period romance. The only downside to those candy-colored costumes was what Coughlan wore underneath: “The corsets were not comfy, but I have still been known to nap in one.” Bridgerton became Netflix’s most watched original series with its 2020 debut, and like the rest of us, the Coughlan family was all in—including Coughlan’s sister, “the number one Bridger-fan,” who’s watched the series five times. “I didn’t want to watch the racy episodes with my mum, but she insists that we watch everything together, so I ended up fast-forwarding through them,” says Coughlan. “Some people can deal with the embarrassment of that, but I am absolutely not one of those people.”


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BRIDGERTON
Wealth, lust, and betrayal set against the backdrop of Regency-era England, seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.
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DERRY GIRLS
The personal exploits of a 16-year-old girl and her family and friends during the Troubles in the early 1990s.
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