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11th Apr 2022

Nicola Coughlan almost landed role in another huge Netflix show

We would have loved to see this.

Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan has revealed she almost could’ve appeared in a very different Netflix show.

The actress auditioned for the role of Robin Buckley in the massively popular sci-fi series Stranger Things.

In the end, the role went to Maya Hawke, daughter of Uma Therman and Ethan Hawke, but Nicola says there’s absolutely no hard feelings between the two.

“I auditioned for Stranger Things a number of years ago. I auditioned to play Robin, Maya Hawke got it,” she told BuzzFeed.

She then humbly added: “She was far better than I ever would have been!”


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The 35-year-old offered some advice for those in the acting world, saying they instead of being upset when they don’t get a role, they should view it as more of a “lesson”.

“It’s a good lesson to actors, watch the stuff you didn’t get because you’ll totally understand how it’s not personal.

“You’re just right for some things and you’re not right for other things.”

The character of Robin was introduced to Stranger Things in season three as a co-worker and friend of Steve  Harrington in the ice cream store, Scoops Ahoy.

Things worked out well for Nicola, regardless, as she’s enjoyed huge success with her roles as Clare Devlin in Derry Girls and Lady Penelope in Bridgerton.

She recently revealed that she will have less of a role in the upcoming third season of Derry Girls, due to scheduling conflicts.

“We were meant to film Derry Girls in January 2021,” she told Digital Spy. “And I was totally free and they decided to push it again. And that caused me insane stress because I was on what in the industry is called first call. So it means you have to go and do the show that you’re on first call to, which was Bridgerton.

“And I was like ‘Guys, can we just film it?’ And they were like, ‘No, we’re gonna wait.’ And I was like, ‘oh’, so we had to make compromises happen in the script of Derry Girls. It was devastating to me because I wanted to be in all of this. But compromises had to be made.

“And you know, they had to cut down my role somewhat, which was hard. Really, really hard. But I think, you know, the fans of the show are going to be happy. I think it’s a really nice sign-off for the show.”