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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‘Bridgerton’ Nominated for SAG Award
Sarah • February 4th, 2021 0 comments

Bridgerton: Ball Preparations with Nicola Coughlan
Sarah • February 1st, 2021 0 comments

Nicola Coughlan Still Can’t Quite Believe That She Is the Star of Bridgerton
Sarah • February 1st, 2021 0 comments

Vogue chats to the Irish actress about corsets, costume dramas and the great Shonda Rhimes.

Nicola Coughlan’s Bridgerton story begins in Hollywood.

It’s funny to imagine that anything to do with this lush, glossy Netflix period drama, filmed across England in the most English of locations and set in the most English of time periods—Regency-era London, when Jane Austen ruled the roost—could begin anywhere else. But that’s where it started with Coughlan, or rather, that’s how it started.

Because Coughlan, the 34-year-old star of Derry Girls, thought she had the measure of Bridgerton when she went into her first audition. “When you hear Shondaland is making their first show with Netflix and it’s going to be this big budget, incredible period drama, that translated in my brain to: ‘20 auditions minimum, in and out.’ It’s America: you hear about all these scary executives,” Coughlan muses to Vogue over Zoom from her cosy flat in London.

“I thought OK, audition one is going to be routine. Go in and read and maybe they’ll call you back.” Which meant that she went into her first audition for the role of Penelope Featherington, ginger of hair, yellow of dress and unlucky of mother, with absolutely zero trepidation. She did some readings, had a chat with the casting director and that was that. “I thought, we’ll see if I ever hear back,” Coughlan says, laughing.

Spoiler alert, reader, but Coughlan got the job. In fact, she got the job off the back of that one audition—and herein lies the Hollywood rub. “I got a call about a week or two later from my agent saying, ‘They want you for it,’” Coughlan recalls. “And I said, ‘Well what does that mean?’ Thinking it was some fancy Hollywood lingo I didn’t understand.”

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BFI & Radio Times TV Festival ‘Bridgerton’ Q&A Now Online
Sarah • January 27th, 2021 0 comments

Bridgerton Renewed for Season 2
Sarah • January 22nd, 2021 0 comments

Pre-production is already underway with filming expected to start in Spring 2021.


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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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