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Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan Reveals What Teachers Told Her


Don’t mind your teachers, Nicola. As Lady Violet would say, “There is nothing you cannot do.” 

Bridgerton‘s Nicola Coughlan, who plays Penelope Featherington in the Regency-era drama, revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter for its Next Gen list that she never thought she would would star in a period piece, thanks to some feedback she received in drama school. “I was told, categorically, I would never do period drama,” the actress recalled. “They told me, ‘Your face is too modern.’ I have no idea to this day what that means.” 

Not only does Nicola star in the Emmy Award-winning Shondaland series, which Netflix renewed through season four, she also stars in the streamer’s 1990s-set hit Derry Girls.

Though Nicola didn’t expect to star in a period piece at all, the rest of the cast, including castmate Pheobe Dynevor—who also made the THR list—didn’t expect the enormous response the show received.



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