The Derry Girls actress plays Penelope Featherington, as well as Lady Whistledown – the ton’s scandalous gossipmonger, and the upcoming season is finally her time to shine.
But, while filming for the new series, Nicola wasn’t quite prepared for what happens when dressed up in a regency gown, namely, unfortunate sunburn and tan lines.
‘And so… the Bridgertan* returns,’ she teased on her Instagram stories, alongside a picture of her with a sunburnt chest.
‘Sunburn you get while wearing a regency dress.’
Behind-the-scenes clips of the Bridgerton cast recently teased that filming for season three was well and truly underway.
Penelope will finally get her love story with Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) as familiar faces Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey also reprise their roles.
The short clip features snippets with fan favourite cast members putting up three fingers as a signifier of the new season.
At the end, actress Nicola, whose character will feature heavily, says from a carriage: ‘Bridgerton season 3 filming has officially begun, you coming in?,’ with her co-star Luke replying: ‘Let’s go.’
While the season 2 finale left her in a tricky situation, as viewers were heartbroken for the lonely Penelope pining after Colin, Nicola hinted that the upcoming chapter may have far more to offer in terms of romance.
The fourth book of the series, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, explores their blossoming romance, so it’s inevitable (in true Bridgerton style) that the two characters will be sharing some steamy scenes in the future.
But Nicola has mixed feelings about filming those sex scenes.
‘It’s exciting and terrifying,’ she admitted to Digital Spy and other media.
Knowing that her love storyline with Colin would be coming soon, she recalled joking about it with her co-star Luke in the past, but as the time draws closer ‘it becomes progressively less funny and more intimidating’.
Having read the book and knowing what’s coming up, Nicola added: ‘So I know that it gets extremely racy in that scene. I know already stuff that’s gonna happen. So I’m like, no, we’re good. We’re fine. It’s intense.’
She even hinted at a carriage scene from the book which offers the romance and some lust, saying: ‘it’s just if they’re sort of arguing, and then it all gets very romantic, shall we say, but I think it will be such a good scene in the show.
‘It terrifies me to think of filming but I think it would be really great.’
We can’t wait!
Bridgerton is available to stream on Netflix.