Bridgerton's Nicola Coughlan will not be watching steamy S3 with her mum

The Netflix period romance is known for its intimate scenes and Nicola Coughlan says she did not get the 'PG version' she asked for as season three's star.

Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton (Netflix)
Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington get their moment in Bridgerton's spotlight. (Netflix)

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Bridgerton's Nicola Coughlan is finally getting a starring role in season three of the Netflix period romance, but the star has said her pleas for a "PG version" went ignored - so she will not be watching with her mum.

Coughlan has played Penelope Featherington since the show's debut and is about to step into the limelight as her character finds love with fellow wallflower Colin Bridgerton - but despite their nerd status, she revealed that the steamy scenes have not been toned down at all.

She also told The One Show viewers on Wednesday that the new series was "a special one" and would give "nerds their moment in the spotlight".

What, how, and why?

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton. (Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022)
Nicola Coughlan's Penelope is set for some steamy scenes. (Netflix)

Nicola Coughlan's family might be bursting with pride to see her step into the starring role of Bridgerton season three, but she definitely won't be hosting any screening parties at home.

The Derry Girls star said she was delighted that her character Penelope Featherington was finally going to find romance with Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton), but she had not managed to convince the show's bosses to tone down its notoriously raunchy love scenes.

Coughlan told The One Show: "It's all change. It's a very action-packed season. I got to see some last night, I was bouncing off the walls with excitement. It's a special one."

Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton (Netflix)
Nicola Coughlan says Bridgerton season 3 will put nerds in the spotlight. (Netflix)

Asked about romance for Penelope, she said: "There just might be. She did her time, she's waited, it's about time for Penelope."

But as host Jermaine Jenas asked how it would go down with her family, Coughlan admitted: "I asked for a PG version for my family because I'm not doing that. Also, having seen what I've seen last night, I'm really not doing that.

"Watch it with your mum if you want, I won't be watching it with mine. I'll get her her own Netflix."

The actor added that her co-star Adjoa Andoh, who plays Lady Danbury, had told her: "This one's for the wallflowers, this is going to mean a lot to people."

Coughlan said: "It's the first season in which the leads are not the cool ones. Kate and Anthony - super cool, Daphne and Simon - mega cool, Penelope and Colin - nerds. I think all the nerds in the world are ready for their moment in the spotlight."

What else happened on The One Show?

(L-R) Clare Devlin (Nicola Coughlan), Erin Quinn (Saoirse Monica Jackson)
Apparently, Derry Girls is loved by Martin Scorsese. (Channel 4)

Coughlan first found fame as one of the stars of sitcom Derry Girls, and when asked about the show's celebrity fans who include the Kardashians, she added another huge name to the list.

She said: "It's wild, it's really crazy, that and Martin Scorsese was a crazy one - he's a Derry Girls fan, who would have thought. Also I love that he can understand the Derry accent, that's really impressive."

The star added that he loved one of her co-stars: "He's a big fan of Siobhan McSweeney, Sister Michael herself. Who isn't? He has good taste."

The One Show airs on BBC One at 7pm on weekdays.

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