The third season of hit Netflix series Bridgerton will follow the budding relationship between Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington – played by Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan – the streaming service has confirmed.
Like Lady Whistledown, I’ve kept a secret for quite some time and I can confirm to all of you that Season 3 is the love story of Colin and Penelope,” Coughlan revealed Sunday in Los Angeles at Netflix’s For Your Consideration event.
“I kept this secret for two weeks in Season 2. This is the first time I say it here.”
The official Netflix UK and Ireland account tweeted Monday afternoon: “Bridgerton S3 will follow the budding relationship between Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington.
“Great news for Polin fans and friends-to-lover truthers!”
Galway native Coughlan also believes her character needs to stop idolizing Luke Newton’s role so much “if they are to eventually get together.”
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She told TV Insider last month: “She thinks he’s perfect. In her eyes, he can do no wrong. So she needs to start seeing him as a real person and not this perfect boy.”
English actor Newtown said: “There are so many other characters that are introduced and love stories that we’ve seen over the last two seasons that have developed pretty quickly, or that there’s been an instant spark, an instant connection . We viewers see that immediately.
“But what I love about Colin and Penelope is the longevity of the relationship and how long it has taken to get where it is now, which isn’t even considered a relationship,” he told Shondaland, the US Production company behind the series.
“I like playing that a lot.”
The third season of the historical drama is scheduled for release in summer 2023. Based on the books by Julia Quinn, the show follows eight close-knit siblings from the powerful Bridgerton family as they attempt to find love in Regency-era England.
Coughlan has previously apologized for a reduction in screen time for her Derry Girls character Clare in the third and final series of the Channel 4 sitcom, which she says was due to planned clashes with Bridgerton.
The final episode of Derry Girls airs Tuesday at 9pm.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-news/bridgerton-season-3-to-focus-on-derry-girls-star-nicola-coughlans-characters-new-budding-relationship-41655099.html Bridgerton: Season 3 focuses on Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan’s new burgeoning relationship