Why We’re Obsessed with Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton’s Friendship IRL


Ever since Netflix blessed us with “Bridgerton” back in 2020, we’ve been totally hooked on the Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton dynamic. After what feels like forever, our favourite pair is finally set to get their moment in the spotlight, when the show’s upcoming third season drops. Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton are at the helm of this season’s storyline, which will plunge us deep into Penelope and Colin’s journey from friends to lovers.

Based on Julia Quinn’s novels, “Bridgerton” has been serving us some seriously steamy romance and heartfelt moments since the show’s premiere, and we just can’t get enough. But here’s the thing — Nicola and Luke aren’t just amazing on-screen partners; they’re also the best of friends off-screen.

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“Bridgerton” Takes on Bowral

The duo recently kicked off the “Bridgerton” festivities in Bowral, NSW, and Netflix even hosted a regency-themed screening at the Milton Park Country House.

During a Q&A session, Nicola spilled about their chemistry, saying, “We’ve known each other now [for] five years, and people were like, ‘What did you do to build the chemistry? And I’m just like, ‘Well we just stopped repressing it’. And it was fine, we didn’t have to do anything.”

“It was amazing, we’ve been on such a journey together. It felt like we were babies in Season 1, it’s strange to look back on, I’m so excited I can’t believe you guys are going to see it,” she added.

And when Netflix asked about their new roles as “Bridgerton’s” power couple, Nicola couldn’t help but express her trust in Luke, saying, “I couldn’t ask for a better partner to go into this with. I have such trust in Luke, and I hope he has it in me to go forward on it.”

Luke chimed in, adding, “There’s so much love for [Penelope and Colin’s] relationship, which brings its pressures… but it also really warms me.”

Their off-screen connection proved invaluable, easing even the most awkward moments on set.

“I feel like there’s always that question being asked of, ‘Is it easier to do the intimacy scenes with someone who is your friend of four years or someone you just met for one day?’ I can safely say it’s easier with a friend. There really is that sort of support,” Luke shared with Entertainment Tonight.

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Are Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton Dating?

As teasers of Penelope and Colin’s romance emerge ahead of the highly anticipated season three premiere, Nicola and Luke’s on-screen chemistry stands out as the most palpable in the franchise.

Beyond the realm of “Bridgerton”, Nicola and Luke have charmed social media with their endearing friendship, often sharing moments together under the hashtag ‘Polin’.

In light of the duo’s palpable on-screen chemistry, some fans can’t help but wonder if there’s something more between Nicola and Luke in real life. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, folks, but they’re just really good friends. Luke was reportedly dating actress Jade Louise Davies from 2019 to early 2023, while Nicola’s last known relationship was with her “Derry Girls” co-star Laurie Kynaston, though it seems they’re no longer together.

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