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Nicola Coughlan to Star in Thriller-Drama ‘Love and War’

Nicola Coughlan’s next project has been announced! She’ll star in an upcoming drama-thriller titled Love and War. 

The beloved Bridgerton and Derry Girls actor will portray an Irish mum who goes to Syria amidst civil war to rescue her abducted six-year-old daughter. The film is based on real events and the book Stolen: Escape From Syria by Louise Monaghan and Yvonne Kinsella.

Confirming the news to Deadline Nicola said, “I am so honoured to be playing this role and to tell the story of Louise Monaghan’s incredible bravery.”


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Meanwhile, Nicola has been delighting audiences around the world as Penelope Featherington in the third season of Bridgerton. According to Netflix, part one of the period drama which aired on May 16, attracted 45.04 million views worldwide and racked up a whopping 165.2 million viewing hours, making it the show’s biggest opening weekend to date.

With the spotlight now on Penelope’s relationship with Colin Bridgerton (portrayed by Luke Newton), and some gasp-worthy scenes (that none of us can stop talking about), it’s no surprise the series is doing so well! Part two is due out on June 16.


a still of Colin and Penelope from Bridgerton staring at each other and smiling, dressed in formal attire.

Photo: courtesy Netflix


The series is based on the books by Julia Quinn and follows a different character’s story each season. The current season also stars Hannah Dodd as Francesca Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashely as Anthony and Kate Bridgerton, Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton and Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte.

Nicola also starred alongside Margot Robbie in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie. 

Yep, we can’t get enough of her… so hooray to more projects!

(Feature Image Credit: Nicola Coughlan photo by Lev Radin/Shutterstock.com)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.