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Mad Hatter Q&A: Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan

Actress Nicola Coughlan opens up about her favourite things, worst fears, and more.

Who would be the last person you would invite to your birthday party?
Donald Trump.

Who would be the first person you would invite to your birthday party?
My best friend Maeve, who’s been my best friend since I was seven years old.

Favourite saying?
To thine own self be true.

Favourite record?
The one I probably listen to the most even if it’s uncool is the Hamilton original soundtrack.

Favourite book?
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson.

Favourite film?
The Royal Tenenbaums.

Favourite author?
Jon Ronson.

Favourite actor/actress?
Judi Dench.

Favourite musician?
At the moment it’s Chloe X Halle.

Most embarrassing moment of your life?
I try not to get embarrassed because life’s too short, what’s the point?

Favourite food/drink/stimulant?
Prosecco and anything with garlic in it.

TV programme?
My favourite comedy of all time is Arrested Development and at the moment I’m really into Succession and Euphoria.

Favourite TV personality?
Rylan. He’s just a total delight.

Favourite item of clothing?
A really cool coat with a nice fluffy collar.

Most desirable date?
Someone who makes you laugh.

Favourite method of relaxation?
You can’t beat a bubble bath.

If you weren’t pursuing your present career, what other career might you have chosen?
I’ve always been fascinated by the art department on set. I love that level of detail and research, and I love making things with my hands.

Biggest thrill?
Getting a job that I’ve wanted for a really long time.

Biggest disappointment?
Probably just the opposite. Getting rejected, which is a big part of acting. I always try and let myself have the disappointment, then move on because you can’t dwell.

Your concept of heaven?
Just being around the people I love. I love having people in my home and just laughing and talking and drinking wine.

Your concept of hell?
Loneliness and not being able to be around the people I love.

What would be your dying words?
The butler did it.

Greatest ambition?
I would love to act until the day I die.

Period of history you’d most like to have lived in and why?
The ‘70s. They had great music, hair and clothes.

If you weren’t a human being which animal would you have chosen to be?
I would definitely be a koala, and that’s not so much that I’m choosing it – I’ve just been told that by so many people.

If you were told that the world was ending tomorrow morning, how would you react/what would you do?
I would go back home and cuddle my nieces and nephews.

Your nominee for the world’s best-dressed person?
I was always obsessed with Mary-Kate Olsen when she was at NYU.

Favourite term of abuse?
Feck off.

Biggest fear?
Open water.

Humanity’s most useful invention?
Indoor plumbing.

Humanity’s most useless invention?
Fidget spinner.

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Written by The Hot Press Newsdesk
Published January 5, 2021