Nicola Coughlan is in debt and ‘struggling to make a living’ as Derry Girls

Derry Girls and Bridgerton actress Nicola Coughlan has opened up about her former debt as she admits she’s still worried about money now after finding fame

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Nicola Coughlan has revealed she was ‘struggling to make a living’ before landing the role in Derry Girls.

The 35-year-old actress, who plays Clare in the Channel 4 comedy series, admits that she struggled both financially and mentally throughout her twenties.

The blonde beauty, who also plays Penelope Featherington in the hit Netflix series, Bridgerton, also revealed that she still struggles with money worries due to past debt.

“The fear of having nothing is still there,” Nicola admits.

“I’m in student loan debt, I’m working on a minimum wage and the rent is too high.

Nicola Coughlan Still Worried About Her Finances


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Former Derry Girls star struggled to ‘make a living’



“I just had Derry Girls 5 years ago so it wasn’t long before I was able to go get coffee and not panic.”

The Galway-born actress continued: “So I think I’ll have a few more years to think ‘I hope I have some money in my bank account’.”

Despite her worries, Nicola is grateful she’s been through what she has, because it means she appreciates having a steady income more than ever.

The Derry Girls star told RTE Guide: “You know what it’s like to not have all that and you know how hard you’ve worked to get there.

Nicola plays Clare in the Channel 4 sitcom


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“So for me even being on set is a privilege, getting to audition is a privilege because for years I couldn’t even get into the audition room.”

Although the talented actress has amassed a huge degree of popularity – becoming a household name thanks to Bridgerton – she still can’t help but suffer from impostor syndrome.

“I still wonder, ‘How did this happen?’ Even at BAFTAS, I wondered, “Why am I in the room with all these people,” she said.

“So I really feel like I’ve won a competition but it’s something a lot of people in the industry struggle with, more women than men I believe.”

Irish actress who became a household name thanks to Bridgerton



Nicola has previously joked that being famous makes her feel like ‘a dog on camera’.

The Irish actress explains that people stare at her wherever she goes as she stars in the hit Netflix series Bridgerton – becoming the biggest show ever Now on a streaming platform with 80 million followers.

She told Elle UK : “Being famous is like being a dog on Tube. It’s exactly the same energy. When you become famous, everyone looks at you.

Nicola says being famous is like ‘a dog in a tube’


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“Some people laugh a lot, while some people are afraid of you and don’t want to get close. Some people touch you without asking. Obviously I can still do what I want, but things are different. .

“I went to the pub with my friend a while ago and it was like an animal at the zoo. People just looked and looked. And I remember one time I was bringing my Invisalign out and this person was staring at me right in the eyes quite strange. But honestly, most people are like that, very lovely.”

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