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We've known Nicola Coughlan was a wee Irish legend ever since she scored the role of Claire in the hilarious Channel 4 series Derry Girls, and never fails to stand up for LGBTQ+ and reproductive rights.

It's now been confirmed that none other than Shonda Rhimes, veteran TV producer, writer and creator of Grey's Anatomy, agrees with us. 

Netflix and Shondaland have announced hugely exciting casting news; Coughlan has secured the role of Penelope Featherton in Bridgerton, premiering on the streaming site in 2020.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actress will work alongside massive names in the industry, such as Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, Golda Rosheuvel, Jonathan Bailey, Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie, Ruby Barker, Sabrina Bartlett, Ruth Gemmell, Adjoa Andoh and Polly Walker.

Oh, and the one and only Julie Andrews is lending her voice to the character of Lady Whistledown…So that's amazing. 

Bridgerton is based on Julia Quinn's best-selling series of novels by the same name, set in the lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society.

The show is described as uber-glamorous;

"From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground. 

"At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love." 

Nicola's character Penelope is a vastly intelligent girl with a sharp wit and kind heart, who prefers to quietly sway away on the outskirts of any ballroom rather than steal the spotlight.

Sadly, Penelope was born into a family who will never truly understand her and has to deal with the cut-throat environment of Regency London relatively alone.

Shonda will executive produce the show alongside Betsy Beers, and creator Chris Van Dusen, who commented; “We could not have found a more gifted group of actors to bring Bridgerton to life. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He added; "When creating this series, the goal was to turn a very traditional genre on its head and make something fresh, smart, sexy and fun.

"That’s exactly what this cast embodies and I'm ridiculously excited to see them inhabit these characters and captivate viewers in their own incredibly brilliant ways.”

Gowan Nicola, keep slaying our lives. You're doing Ireland proud. Let's celebrate by watching the ultimate Claire compilation, shall we?

Feature image: Instagram/@nicolacoughlan

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We have been longing for a third instalment in The Princess Diaries franchise forever and it looks like our dreams are about to come true.

Rumour has it we’ll be reunited with Mia, Queen Clarisse Renaldi and of course, Fat Louie very soon.

Anne Hathaway opened up about the third movie during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and it sounds like she’s even more excited about the third Princess Diaries movie than we are.

The actress revealed that a script has been written for the third film: “There is a script. I wanna do it, Julie wants to do it… we all really want it to happen."

However, Anne said they won’t be releasing the movie unless they’re 100 percent happy with it. They understand that the characters and story mean the world to fans.

“We don't wanna do it unless it's perfect because we love it as much as you guys love it,” she explained.

"It's as important to us as it is to you and we don't wanna deliver anything until it's ready but were working on it,” the One Day actress added.

Rumours about The Princess Diaries 3 first started circulating in 2016 when director Gary Marshall said they wanted to wait until Anne had given birth to her son Jonathan before thinking about the movie.

He commented: “I was with Anne Hathaway a couple weeks ago, it looks like we want to do Princess Diaries 3 in Manhattan," said the director of the original films. Anne is very pregnant, so we have to wait until she has the baby and then I think we're going to do it."

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That’s right! Our favourite frizzy-haired princess is reportedly going to be back for a third instalment of The Princess Diaries.

Anne Hathaway is to reprise the role that made her a star in the 2001 film, according to Tracking Board.

While Disney has yet to officially announce the project, it has been reported that Debra Chase, who produced the first two films, is back to direct the third film.

Although it indeed looks as if Ms Hathaway will be back as Mia Thermopolis, there is no word as to whether Dame Julie Andrews will be returning to play our favourite royal grandmother just yet.

The films are based on the books by Meg Cabot, who recently released the latest installment of her series, Princess Diaries XI: Royal Wedding.

Let’s hope that this is just another tell-tale sign that the movie is actually happening! 

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Mary Poppins is one the the world's most beloved films, and Julie Andrews' beautiful performances from the soundtrack have been covered countless times.

But this latest re-jig of one of the movie's most iconic songs, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious has taken things just a bit too far.

Musician Andy Rehfeldt reimgined the song as a death metal anthem, and although he does prove a good point about how versatile music can be, we're not sure we're too happy with him ruining our favourite film!

Have a listen… and if you're really feeling it, turn the music up and get headbanging! We won't tell Julie Andrews, promise.

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