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.