Nicola Coughlan is a social media personality and actress. Nicola was born on January 9, 1987, in Ireland, and grew up seeing her older sister perform in school plays, which motivated her to pursue acting as a career. The 34-year-old began her acting career when she was cast in a minor role in My Brother’s War in 1997 at the age of ten.
Nicola Coughlan, star of “Bridgerton,” is fed up with people criticizing her figure and has chosen to use her platform to do something about it. Nicola, who portrays Penelope Featherington on the blockbuster Netflix series Bridgerton, sent a selfie-and a message to her 1.2 million Instagram fans.
Nicola looks stunning in the photo, wearing a floral dress, fresh makeup, and a tousled blonde bob. “Hello!” Nicola captioned the shot. So, just a reminder, if you have an opinion about my physique, don’t discuss it with me.” “Most people aren’t trying to offend you,” Nicola continues, “but I am just one real-life human being, and it’s incredibly hard to absorb the weight of thousands of comments on how you look being sent directly to you every day.”
“If you have an opinion about me, that’s fine; I understand I’m on TV and people will have things to think and say about me,” Nicola continues, “but I implore you not to send it to me directly.” “Anyways, here’s a pic of me in my hotel in NY about to go to S-N-L, it’s irrelevant to this topic but thrilled with my hair in it,” she concluded her letter.
However, this isn’t the first time Nicola has been offended by people’s comments about her body. “Also, can we please stop asking women about their weight in interviews, especially when it’s entirely irrelevant?” she tweeted last year. Unfortunately, I’m still seeing interviews from ten years ago where people say things like, ‘Oh weren’t the questions so inappropriate!’ “Every time I’m asked about my body in an interview, it makes me profoundly uncomfortable and so sad I’m not just allowed to talk about the job I do that I so love,” Nicola stated in a tweet thread.
She explained that she is not a “body positivity activist” in the kindest possible way. She’s an actress, so if a major job needed it, she’d reduce or gain weight. “So yeah, it’s 2021, it’d be nice if we didn’t have to keep having this topic…. furthermore, I have so many other things I love to speak about, I’m Irish, so I can ramble till the cows come home,” Nicola commented to the thread. She ended the chat by sharing a link to an opinion piece she wrote for The Guardian three years ago about wanting to be assessed on her acting rather than her body.
Who is Nicola Coughlan?
Nicola Coughlan aka Nicola Mary Coughlan is an Irish actress. She made her mind to become an actor at the age of five after seeing her older sister performing in the school plays. Talking about her education, she attended Scoil Mhuire for primary school and Calasanctius College for secondary school. Later, Nicola graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a degree in English and Classical Civilisation and then enrolled at the Oxford School of Drama and Birmingham School of Acting.
In 2004, she appeared in the film The Phantom Cnut and played the character of Katie. In 2012, she played the role of Marie Callaghan in the British medical soap opera, Doctors. In 2018, Nicola played the role of Hannah Dalton in the Harlots. From 2018 to 2022, she is appearing in the role of Clare Devlin in the British teen sitcom, Derry Girls. Also, since 2020 she playing the character of Penelope Featherington in the American streaming television period drama series, Bridgerton.
As a voice actor, she worked in several projects including The Fairytale, Summer of the Flying Saucer, Simsala Grimm II: The Adventures of Yoyo and Doc Croc, Thor: Legend of the Magical Hammer, Ivan the Incredible, Her Song, and Whistle Through the Shamrocks. Besides, Nicola has five-stage credits under a name including Chapel Street as Kirsty, Duck as Sophie, Nadya as Elena, Jess and Joe Forever as Jess, and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie as Joyce Emily. Looking at her achievement, she won three awards such as The Stage Ones to Watch 2011, Off West End Awards, and Irish Film and Television Awards.
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