Bridgerton: First look at season 2 from Shondaland

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Bridgerton star Ruby Barker, 25, has gushed over how “sweet” Derry Girls’ Nicola Coughlan, 34, is. The actresses shared plenty of scenes with each other during season one of the Netflix period drama, as Nicola’s character, Penelope Featherington, quickly befriended Ruby’s character, Marina Thompson.

Speaking about their working relationship in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Ruby admitted that although she didn’t want to “patronise” Nicola, she was keen to describe her co-star as “cute”.

Ruby explained: “She’s sweet as pie, she really is so lovely. 

“The thing is, like, I want to say she’s cute, because she’s so cute! 

“But she’s a 34-year-old woman, so I don’t want to patronise her or anything! 

“But she is just the absolute epitome of cuteness in a human soul.”

During the explosive final episode of Bridgerton’s debut season, Nicola’s character Penelope was revealed to be the mysterious Lady Whistledown.

Lady Whistledown’s role in the series is to report on the goings-on in the ton to manipulate people.

Ruby revealed that when Nicola informed her that Penelope was the character writing under the pseudonym of Whistledown, she was left taken aback.

 

When quizzed on whether Lady Whistledown’s identity was kept as a surprise for the cast, Ruby divulged: “I don’t know about everyone else, but I knew. 

“I didn’t ask, but the last person I suspected was Penelope. 

“And then Nicola told me, and I was like, ‘damn! That changes things, b****y hell!’ 

“Often, it’s one you suspect least.”

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Ruby’s character Marina started series one of Bridgerton as a new member of the ton, as she was sent to live with her distant relatives, The Featheringtons, so they could help her make her debut in London society.

However, it was soon uncovered that Marina was pregnant, which prompted her to be hidden away from society in her bedroom.

After Penelope Featherington learned Marina was pregnant and not sick as her mother had led her to believe, the latter informed her she had fallen in love with a boy at church named George Crane, who had since gone off to war in Spain. 

He was also the father of her unborn child.

Lady Featherington then decided it would be a good idea to find her a suitable husband, who could be tricked into believing Marina’s baby was his. 

However, this plan backfired when Lady Whistledown reported Marina was pregnant and had been since she arrived in London.

Unfortunately, after Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) tried to help Marina by trying to get George to return to England, his brother Sir Phillip Crane (Chris Fulton) arrived to share the sad news that he had died on the battlefield.

Phillip then proposed to her, stating he would be doing his duty as George had taken liberties with her honour, which she eventually accepted before leaving London with him.

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