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Netflix's 'Bridgerton' star Nicola Coughlan talks season 2

Fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Netflix’s Bridgerton season two, whose production is still in progress. Actress Nicola Coughlan, popular as Penelope Featherington has opened up about the forthcoming season. 

The 34-year-old actress plays the witty and adorable Penelope. At the end of season one, fans were shocked when it was revealed that it was the sweet and innocent Penelope who functioned as the gossip-monger of the high aristocratic society, under the alias name of Lady Whistledown, marking the series slowly straying away from Julia Quinn’s novels on which it was originally based. 

Now, she has promised the second season to be “spicier” and more scintillating than ever as fans will get to see many shades of her character. 

“It’s got a whole lot spicier I will say. You definitely see more sides to her,” said Coughlan. “We find out at the end of season one [that she’s Lady Whistledown], that is there but we don’t get to explore it. But the world cracks open.”

Talking about how her character is set to evolve, Coughlan cheekily added that Penelope is a “sassy chick” whose various sides will now come to light as the Bridgerton universe has gradually expanded. 

The second season will be based on Julia Quinn’s second book in the series, The Viscount Who Loved Me which shall mostly focus on the eldest Bridgerton brother, the charming and womanising Anthony who is finally looking for love but struggling to settle down.

Simone Ashley will be playing his potential love interest, Kate. Coughlan expressed her excitement regarding the new character, before adding how desperately they wanted to bring out the very best in their work, adhering to the love and attention that has been showered on them by fans. 

Gushing over the yet-to-be introduced Kate, she said “Kate is such a fiery character. She’s like this strong, independent woman. We really wanted to get to that and the fact that we get to tell [it] is a real privilege”. 

She spoke about the “major” and palpable chemistry between the duo and even hinted at some romantic moments in Penelope’s life to be on its way. 

Coughlan also explained how it would be easier for fans to make sense of the manners and etiquettes of the Regency-era England as they had already been exposited to the world of Bridgerton last year. 

However, she said that although people are aware of the changes, “they are not ready” for what the season has in store. 

The premiere date for the second season has not yet been announced. 

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