Entertainment TV 'Bridgerton' Star Nicola Coughlan Tests Positive for COVID and Misses Season 2 Red Carpet Premiere Season 2 of Bridgerton premieres on Netflix March 25 By Olivia Jakiel Olivia Jakiel Instagram Associate Editor, Nights – PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 22, 2022 10:22 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Nicola Coughlan has tested positive for COVID-19. The Bridgerton actress, 35, shared the news on Instagram on Tuesday ahead of the show's season 2 red carpet premiere, captioning a photo of herself, "My Bridgerton Premiere look- a little different than expected." "So I've been struck down with Miss Rona and I'm missing our first premiere- heartbroken is an understatement but sending so much love to my gorgeous cast mates who I hope have the best night," Coughlan, who plays fan-favorite Penelope Featherton on the show, added. Bridgerton Star Nicola Coughlan Asks People Not to Share Their Opinions on Her Body Although Coughlan was donning a spa-chic outfit consisting of a white towel wrapped around her head and a white robe, the Irish actress still got glammed up in honor of the premiere, sporting crimson red lips, metallic eyeshadow, and a stunning silver statement necklace, calling it her "infectious virus but make it fashion" look. For more on Nicola Coughlan, listen below to our daily podcast on PEOPLE Every Day. "We'll miss you so much my lovely ❤️❤️❤️," fellow cast member Charithra Chandran commented, while Queer Eye sensation Jonathan Van Ness added, "But you look f–ing hot tho 🔥🔥🔥." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Ahead of her diagnosis, the star was good in spirits. On Tuesday's PEOPLE (The TV Show!), the star opened up to senior correspondent Jeremy Parsons about her relationship with Bridgerton mega-fan Kim Kardashian. "It was really crazy," Coughlan said of hearing about Kardashian's obsession with the show. "I've watched Keeping Up With the Kardashians for how many years? I don't know. They were a big reference point for our characters in season 1." The Derry Girls star went on to explain that the show's costume designer told the cast they were the "Kardashians of Regency London," adding, "You've got this ambitious mama and three daughters … so the fact that then she watched it and loved it was like, very mind-blowing. Crazy." Kim Kardashian Says It 'Would Make My Whole Life' to Go to a Bridgerton Fitting Kate Green/Getty Coughlan also told Parsons that the two stars have been in contact since Kardashian, 41, declared her unwavering love for the period piece: "We've DM'd, yeah! She DM'd me. I woke up one morning and they were like, 'Kim Kardashian just mentioned you in her story,' and I was like, 'What is happening?" The actress then revealed that she and the SKIMS founder – whom she called "sweet" – messaged back and forth with one another, with Coughlan even reaching out to wish her luck ahead of hosting Saturday Night Live in October last year. "We're besties!" she joked. Season 2 of Bridgerton hits Netflix on Friday, March 25. Catch PEOPLE (The TV show!) Monday through Friday on select TV stations (check your local listings for exact times). You can also stream the show daily at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT on PeopleTV.com and People.com. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from the CDC, WHO and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.