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Nicola Coughlan teases details of new project she wrote with a pal


by Sarah Finnan
21st Jun 2021

@nicolacoughlan

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Flexing her skills and showing us that she’s more than just a talented actress, Nicola Coughlan has revealed that she’s soon to head up her own podcast too.

First rising to fame as Clare Devlin on Derry Girls, Nicola Coughlan has reimagined herself as many a different character since then. From strutting her stuff on the West End to shimmying into a corset and morphing into the role of Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton, she’s worn many hats (and wigs) throughout the course of her career – impressing in all of them.

But her talents don’t stop at just acting it seems as the Galway native has revealed that she’s only gone and written her own podcast too. As if she doesn’t have enough on her plate! Titled Whistle Through the Shamrocks, Coughlan shared a little bit about the idea on social media last night.

“12 years ago one of my best friends Camilla Whitehill and I joked about Irish plays and now it’s become a real six episode podcast we’ve written. And brilliant people are in it, I’m very excited.”

Mirroring Coughlan’s enthusiasm, Whitehall confirmed that they had “roped in an insanely good cast of people” to help them with the project. “Me and @nicolacoughlan are recording this mad stupid thing today,” she wrote on Instagram yesterday. “I’m so excited!!!!!! It’s a podcast! Get into it!!!”

Fans and famous faces alike were quick to congratulate the two. Irish comedian Aisling Bea sent her warm wishes in all caps writing “CONGRATS LOVE X”, while the Netflix UK social media team simply commented “talent!” I concur.

Checking back in after a full day of recording, Coughlan hyped us all up even further writing, “After recording all day I cannot tell you how excited I am to share this with you, and how brilliant the people doing it are, very grateful and very excited.” Neither co-host has let slip just who will be joining them on the podcast but actor David Ames tweeted to say that he “had the absolute pleasure” of spending his Sunday “laughing with a bunch of super talented people and doing silly voices”… so we reckon he’ll feature on one episode at least.

With any luck, Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness will also make an appearance. Best pals with the “small Irish acting person” (as Coughlan’s Instagram bio describes her), the twosome recently opened up about their friendship for People Magazine’s 2021 Pride issue.

Describing each other as their “chosen family”, they became friends after connecting online. Meeting IRL a year after the fact, they went to see a Broadway show together and it’s been a steady love affair ever since. “Our friendship really is just so special to me,” Van Ness admitted with Coughlan agreeing and adding, “The fact that our friends and family know one another and have love for one another – that’s incredibly special, and it’s rare in the world. It just means so, so much, honestly.”

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