The Irish actress posted a time-lapse of the two hour process on Instagram

By Hanna Flanagan
January 05, 2021 02:43 PM
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Nicola Coughlan just gave Bridgerton fans a behind-the-scenes look at her two-hour transformation into a member of London's high society in the 1800s.

Last week, the 33-year-old actress — who stars as the lovable Penelope Featherington in the new Netflix period drama — posted a time-lapse of herself transforming into the fan favorite character.

"🦋Becoming Penelope 🦋 The brilliant @loumua 🧡 doing all the hard work

And tiny puppy @readyteddygo1 keeping me company! (Thank you @lyndajpearcemua!)," she captioned the post, tagging the show's hair and makeup artist Lynda J Pearce and her adorable pup Teddy.

During the clip, Pearce applies a light layer of makeup and a tightly curled red wig to create Penelope's signature hairstyle. "For anyone asking the whole process from very scruffy Nicola to Ball-Ready Penelope took about 2 hours," Coughlan revealed in the caption.

"Owww 🥰 I miss turning you Ginge everyday 🧡👩🏻‍🦰🧡😘" Pearce wrote in the comment section. "It didn't even look like it was a wig, so perfect," another Instagram user said.

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton
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And a third person made mention of the elaborate costuming (embellished ballgowns, silk opera gloves, corsets, colorful waistcoats, tiaras and more) and alluded to the season finale, writing, "Those dresses Penelope had to wear. 🤦🏻‍♀️ No wonder she did what she did."

Last month, Netflix dropped the first full-length trailer for the Shonda Rhimes drama — and plenty of seduction, scandal and society papers along with it.

Created by Chris Van Dusen (Scandal, Grey's Anatomy) and based on a series of romance novels by Julia Quinn, Bridgerton follows a family of eight siblings as they navigate the trials and tribulations of the marriage market in Regency England. While the always-iconic Julie Andrews narrates the series as the mysterious Lady Whistledown (the author of the salacious society papers that do the rounds in the community), Phoebe Dynover (Younger) stars as Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter of the powerful family whose society debut meets a (sexy) hiccup or two along the way.

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton
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The historical romance dropped on Netflix on Dec. 25 and has been taking the Internet by storm ever since.

Speaking with Town & Country about landing a role in the Gossip Girl meets Downton Abbey series, Coughlan said, "To be part of that world—what Shonda has done for television in terms of representing women, difficult women, unlikeable women, complicated women, in terms of diversity, in terms of representing LGBTQ characters and stories—it's a dream."