Nicola Coughlan Reveals Penelope Will “Step Out of the Shadows” in “Bridgerton” Season 3
As you may have guessed, the title for the season three premiere is “Out of the Shadows.” In her first column of the season, Whistledown hints that not all ladies shine like diamonds, but they can still command a room. “Dearest Gentle reader, we’ve been apart for far too long,” Coughlan reads. “At last, London’s smart set has made its return and so too has this author. As the season begins, the question on everyone’s minds is, of course, which newly minted debutante will shine the brightest. The crop this year appears to be dazzling indeed. Unfortunately, not every young lady can attract the light.”
Lady Whistledown is ready to step out of the shadows. In a new video from Netflix’s fan event “Tudum,” Nicola Coughlan reveals the title of the season three premiere and even reads Penelope/Lady Whistledown’s introduction to the season, which will feature Pen and Colin taking center stage.
“Bridgerton” fans already know Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington are taking center stage in season three. On July 20, Netflix also announced that three new cast members will be joining them: Daniel Francis (“Stay Close”) as Marcus Anderson, Sam Phillips (“The Crown”) as Lord Debling, and James Phoon as Dankworth. Netflix hinted that the trio might also be rivals for Penelope’s affections.
Filming on “Bridgerton” season three officially began in the summer with Netflix releasing a teaser video on July 20 with key cast members, including Nicola Coughlan, Jonathan Bailey, Adjoa Andoh, and Luke Newton. Everyone featured in the video holds up two fingers and then adds a third to signify they have transitioned from season two to three. Newton, who plays Colin, then opens the door of a carriage to reveal Coughlan as she announces the news we’ve all been waiting for, with Newton declaring: “Let’s go.”
When asked if Penelope and Colin would be steamy, like Daphne and Simon, or slow burn, like Kate and Anthony, Coughlan suggested the show’s latest duo will give fans season one vibes. “I think, because we’ve had two seasons of build up, it’s probably going to be the former,” she said to Variety. “I haven’t read the scripts. I’ve just been given an overview.”
In a June interview with Variety, Coughlan also teased that Colin and Penelope’s romance may be steamier than fans might be anticipating. While Penelope has been in love with Colin since the series began, the third Bridgerton son has been oblivious to her feelings. That’s all set to change in season three, and after the slow-burn romance of Kate and Anthony, Pen and Colin could return the hit Netflix series to its sexy season-one roots.
On May 16, Netflix confirmed that season three will tell Colin and Penelope’s story. If the show followed the order of the books, season three would’ve followed the second-oldest brother, Benedict, but Netflix decided to adapt the plot of the fourth book, “Romancing Mister Bridgerton,” instead.
Back in early 2021, just weeks after announcing the show’s season two renewal, Netflix picked up “Bridgerton” for a third and fourth season. Thanks to what we already know from Netflix (and from Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton book series), we have a few ideas about what we can expect to see.
The news came days after Netflix made the surprising announcement that it had recast the role of Francesca Bridgerton, the sixth Bridgerton child and third Bridgerton daughter, on May 12. It wrote on Twitter, “Hannah Dodd (‘Anatomy of a Scandal’) will star as Francesca Bridgerton in Season 3. She takes over the role from Ruby Stokes who is moving on to star in Netflix’s ‘Lockwood & Co.’ Can’t wait to welcome Hannah to the family.”
“I really feel like it’s Colin and Penelope’s time. Because we’ve been watching both of these actors on our screens since season one, we’ve already invested in them a little bit. We know who they are as people,” “Bridgerton” showrunner Jess Brownell explained to Variety at the time. “I feel like, especially in the last season, there are these moments of tension between them where it’s like, Colin walks up to the line of almost realizing that Penelope has feelings for him but doesn’t quite get there. Instead of treading water on that dynamic, we wanted to push it into their season. It really felt like the perfect moment to tee it up.”
Keep reading for everything we know so far about the highly anticipated third season of “Bridgerton.”
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