Why Penelope From Bridgerton Looks So Familiar

Netflix's new period drama, Bridgerton, features a talented ensemble cast. Many of its stars have been in major productions before, such as Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne and has been on shows like Younger and Monroe, and Regé-Jean Page, who portrays the Duke of Hastings and was spotted in another series from Bridgerton showrunner Shonda Rhimes, For the People.

Another familiar face on Bridgerton is Nicola Coughlan, who plays Penelope Featherington. Coughlan will be familiar to viewers from another fan-favorite streaming on Netflix, Derry Girls. Per IMDb, Coughlan's other credits include Doctors, Ivan the Incredible, and Harlots.

Coughlan's character is overlooked for much of Bridgerton, but Penelope comes into her own as the show progresses. We won't spoil the show for you, but let's just say that Bridgerton doesn't hold back when it comes to scandal and juicy secrets — what else would you expect from a Rhimes show?

Nicola Coughlan is looking forward to playing Penelope in another season of Bridgerton

While Bridgerton hasn't been renewed for a second season yet, it seems likely that we will be seeing more of Penelope and the rest of the characters. Coughlan is already looking forward to filming more episodes. The show is based on a series of books by Julia Quinn, and Coughlan is excited to see how her character develops.

"I'm excited to see her be a young girl and have fun, and hopefully get a little bit more confident," she told Harper's Bazaar. "But having started connecting with her — she's like 28 in book four — I'm fascinated to see where that goes for her, how it develops and changes.

She added that there's a lot more in the Bridgerton universe to explore and she can't wait. "There's so much stuff," she said. "Because this is a big world, there's a lot of characters in it. We really just started to scratch the surface. There's a lot more there to kind of dig into."