. Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan Loves a Good Piece of Gossip « JO LEE MAGAZINE

Harper’s Bazaar – When the trailers for Bridgerton first released, the Internet immediately pointed out an obvious comparison: This looks like Gossip Girl for Regency England. Sure, the new Netflix series from Shonda Rhimes takes place nearly 200 years prior to the famous teen show and is based on a book series by Julia Quinn, but one driving element is still the same: An anonymous gossip column exposes the doings and secrets of high-society families, stirring up drama among its readers. For Bridgerton, however, the rumor-spreading medium is a widely circulated scandal sheet penned by the so-called Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews).

“It was a funny thing, because I’ve never seen Gossip Girl, and that’s never become more evident than in the last month or so, because people have been asking about it,” Nicola Coughlan, who plays Penelope Featherington on the show, tells BAZAAR.com. “But it might be a fun binge for me, post-Bridgerton,” she adds…

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