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Derry Girls actress to star in Shonda Rhimes’ first Netflix series


By Jennifer McShane
11th Jul 2019
Derry Girls actress to star in Shonda Rhimes’ first Netflix series

Being massive Derry Girls fans here at IMAGE, news of this new Netflix series has us very excited indeed…


It was announced this week that Derry Girls star, Irish actress Nicola Coughlan has landed a role in an anticipated new series, produced by none other than Shonda Rhimes – her first for Netflix. The streaming network announced she’ll play Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton, set to premiere next year. 

Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, Bridgerton is according to Netflix, “set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society.”

The Shonda Rhimes treatment 

“From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground.  At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.”  

Nicola Coughlan. Photo: Netflix

 More was also revealed about Coughlan’s character:

“A vastly intelligent girl with a sharp wit and kind heart, Penelope would prefer to quietly sway near the perimeter of any ballroom rather than take center stage.  She’s been born into a family who will never truly understand her – as if dealing with the cutthroat, mean girls of 1813 Regency London weren’t enough.”

She stars alongside quite a cast, including none other than Julie Andrews and revealed her joy at this very fact on social media. She added that she’d taken time and care to deliver on a character that had so many fans from the original books.

Mean Girls with a Shonda Rhimes twist? We like the sound of that.

Main photograph: Anthony Woods