Nicola Coughlan rules out possibility of a Derry Girls return

Nicola Coughlan at the Bridgerton season three Dublin special screening in the Lighthouse Cinema.
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Nicola Coughlan has ruled out the possibility of a return to Derry Girls. Coughlan, who plays Penelope Featherington in the hit Netflix series Bridgerton, was speaking to reporters at a red carpet event in Dublin for the period drama's return for the second half of series three.

She said Derry Girls was a "perfect package" of "three and done" seasons of the hit sitcom, but insisted she wouldn't return for fear of "tainting" the smash hit comedy series.

Coughlan told the BBC in Dublin that Derry Girls had been "amazing and I think it was a real three and done and it was wrapped up in a perfect package".

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"I wouldn't want to go back because I wouldn't want to taint it," she added.

But the Bridgerton star left the door open to working with her Derry Girls co-stars at some point in the future as she praised Siobhán McSweeney, who stars as Sister Michael.

"It's incredible to see Siobhán to go on to win the Bafta," Coughlan said.

"But I would like to work with them again in another iteration."

Speaking to Dublin Live at the red-carpet event, Nicola said she doesn’t see herself as a sex symbol.

She said: “I don't think any Irish woman considers themselves a sex symbol.

“But it's so fun to be on a show like this that celebrates sex in such a positive way. And women's pleasure and the joy in it and also, like the second half of the season, refocused on intimacy in a really beautiful way.

“And the humour and the closeness in it and I just it's not been done before because the characters these characters have had history. I love I really love the second half I think it was very special.”

Nicola arrived looking stunning in a black Erdem gown for the Dublin screening of the hit series at the Light House cinema. She was joined by her co-star Luke Newton, who wore a suit by Simone Rocha.

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