Nicola Coughlan asks followers to keep their opinions of her body to themselves

Nicola Coughlan

Derry Girls and Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan has asked her followers to be kind and not to share negative views of her body with her.

Although Nicola was recognised as Clare Devlin from Derry Girls before the pandemic, over the last two years the star has shot to global fame thanks to her role as Penelope Featherington in the Netflix hit Bridgerton.

The star took to Instagram to send the message to any body-shamers out there, posting a mirror selfie she captioned it;

“Hello! So just a thing- if you have an opinion about my body please, please don’t share it with me.

Nicola Coughlan
Instagram/ Nicola Coughlan

“Most people are being nice and not trying to be offensive but I am just one real life human being and it’s really hard to take the weight of thousands of opinions on how you look being sent directly to you every day.

“If you have an opinion about me that’s ok, I understand I’m on TV and that people will have things to think and say but I beg you not to send it to me directly.

“Anyways here’s a pic of me in my hotel in NY about to go to SNL, it’s unrelated to this post but delighted with my hair in it.”

Nicola has the comments on the post turned off.

Nicola Coughlan
Nicola Coughlan

This isn’t the first time the actress has spoken about the downsides of fame, in a recent interview she told ELLE; “Being famous is like being a dog on the Tube. It’s exactly the same energy. When you get on, everyone looks at you.”

“Some people are so smiley, while some are afraid of you and don’t want to go near. Some people touch you without asking.”


Yikes, we wouldn’t fancy that. Going on, Nicola explained that while she still gets to do the things she enjoys doing, it’s just not as fun as it was before, as she now has eyes on her at all times.

“I can still do the things I want to do, obviously, but it is different. I went to the pub with my friend a while back and it was like being an animal at the zoo. People just watching and looking.”


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