Nicola Coughlan is an Irish actress. In 2004, she made her acting debut in the short film The Phantom Cnut. That same year, she had a voice role in The Fairytaler. Several years later, she became more active on television, guest-performing in Doctors in 2012. Her first starring role on the small screen was as Hannah Dalton in the period drama series Harlots. The actress gained recognition for her role as Clare Devlin in the British sitcom Derry Girls, which she has been playing since 2018. Recently, she landed the role ofPenelope Featherington in the new streaming series Bridgerton, which premiered on Netflix.