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Nicola Coughlan’s character in Bridgerton has a Derry Girls connection

March 25, 2022, 5:53 PM

Fans have spotted a connection between Bridgerton and Derry Girls.

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Fans have spotted a connection between Nicola Coughlan’s iconic characters in Bridgerton and Derry Girls…

Season two of Bridgerton is finally here – and things are a little different the second time around!

At the end of 2020, Netflix dropped the naughty eight-part drama that made everyone’s hearts flutter. Now that the next season has arrived, fans are noticing something interesting about Nicola Coughlan’s character…

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Nicola reprized her role as Penelope Featherington, the youngest Featherington daughter of the clan who is considered something of a wallflower in the high society of the royal court.

The 35-year-old star is also well known for starring in Channel 4 comedy, Derry Girlswhere she plays Clare Devlin – and it didn’t take long for audiences to see a connection between the characters of Penelope and Clare.

Be warned – Bridgerton spoilers are ahead…

Nicola Coughlan stars in both Bridgerton and Derry Girls

Nicola Coughlan stars in both Bridgerton and Derry Girls.

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However, throughout the first season, it soon became apparent that there was more to Penelope’s character than initially seemed.

In the Season 1 finale, it was revealed that Featherington’s younger sister was actually the mastermind of Lady Whistledown – an anonymous columnist who gossips about London’s high society.

Since the cat came out of the bag, Bridgerton gave audiences a glimpse into Lady Whistledown/Penelope Featherington’s operations as she continues to torment her friends and family with her newsletter.

When Penelope goes undercover to send her gossip column to print, she takes another alias posing as Lady Whistledown’s maid, as she takes on a heavy Irish accent!

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton

Nicola Coughlan plays Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton.

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Nicola Coughlan stars as Clare Devlin in Channel 4's Derry Girls

Nicola Coughlan stars as Clare Devlin in Channel 4’s Derry Girls.

Image: Channel 4


Of course, the actress is Irish herself from Galway and grew up in Oranmore; but it made fans instantly think back to her iconic Clare character in Derry Girls.

Coughlan mastered the Londonderry accent perfectly for his famous role in the dark comedy that first aired in 2018.

After three years since the release of the sitcom’s second series, the third and final season was confirmed last week with a trailer – so we’re about to hear Nicola’s Derry accent again!

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