‘This Is So Special’: Nicola Coughlan Scoops Rising Star Award For Bridgerton At IFTAs

A massive congratulations to Nicola and... Penelope Featherington!


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This year’s most talked about (and watched) TV show, Bridgerton, has helped to shoot all of it’s stars into the spotlight. Of course, here in Ireland, we already adored Nicola Coughlan since her breakout role in comedy, Derry Girls.

So, it was with great pleasure that we got to see her tackle the very different character of Penelope Featherington in Netflix’s Bridgerton.

The Galway native was awarded the IFTA Rising Star award at this weekend’s virtual ceremony.

Presented by Star Wars actor, Mark Hamill, he said; “I know first-hand the incredible talent in Ireland.”

Nicola accepted the award and revealed how much it meant to her to win; “This is so special because all you really want is people at home to be happy with what you are doing.”

“Thank you so much to the Irish Film and Television Academy for my nominations, what an honour.”


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Following the show’s launch in late 2020, it quickly became the highest rated programme on Netflix, with 82 million streams in only 30 days. So, after smashing all previous records, it was no surprise the period drama was given the green light for a second season, as well as a third and fourth.

Nicola previously spilled what we can expect from Bridgerton season two. Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland, she spoke about being back on set; “Back in the corset and the wigs! We’re deep into it, but it’s so exciting to be back at work, it’s been brilliant.”


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Continuing she said; “This series moves on to Anthony Bridgerton’s story. Penelope’s definitely still doing her… Oh gosh, I was about to say – it’s a huge spoiler!”

“If you know what happened at the end of the series, lots more of that is happening. Ok, just stopped myself in time!”


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