Nicola Coughlan joins cast of iconic show

Pic: Instagram/Nicola Coughlan

Nicola Coughlan is a busy woman!

She is set to take centre stage for the third season of Bridgerton when it hits Netflix. She also appeared in Barbie, the highest-grossing movie in Irish history.

And now she is set to join a very iconic show.

Rumours swirled that the Galway girl would be appearing in Doctor Who and now she has confirmed the news.


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The official Doctor Who page shared a picture of Nicola in her costume with the caption: “Here’s your first look at @nicolacoughlan on set of #DoctorWho!”

BBC shared the news with the statement: “The Galway-born actress has made a huge impact in film and television, having starred in standout roles such as the hilarious Clare Devlin in award-winning drama comedy series Derry Girls, Penelope Featherington in the Regency-era international sensation Bridgerton, and not to forget one of the Barbies in mega-blockbuster Barbie, alongside the Fifteenth Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa.

“Nicola is now set to make a big impact when she takes a trip through time and space in this exciting undisclosed role.”

In the picture, Nicola can be seen supporting a red jacket with a matching beret, with her hair in blonde curls and a thick fringe.

“I’m excited to join the Whoniverse under the leadership of the inimitable Russell T Davies,” Nicola revealed as she discussed being part of the Christmas special.

“I’ve been a fan of Ncuti Gatwa for some time and getting to share the screen with him as the Doctor has been an absolute joy.”

The showrunner, Russell T Davis, said during a Q&A session following a press screening of The Star Beast, the first of the BBC series’ annual specials, Russel was asked if he could reveal anyone who will be making a guest appearance in the next series.

“Nicola Coughlan at Christmas — not this Christmas, next Christmas,” he said.

“We’re shooting Christmas 2024 now.”

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