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Artists4Ceasefire

Nicola Coughlan wears Gaza pin to Bridgerton screening as a ‘call to Joe Biden’

‘If I can draw attention to that in a little bit of a way and give back a little bit and highlight what’s happening, I’m very happy to do that.’

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BRIDGERTON STAR AND Galway actress Nicola Coughlan has said she wears an Artists4Ceasefire pin as a “call to Joe Biden”.

The 37-year-old actress spoke of Bill Clinton’s role in the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and said the current US president “could really effectively use his position” to do something similar.

Speaking to the PA news agency at the screening for part two of Bridgerton series three, she said: “It (the pin) is a symbol of peace. It’s a call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza and Israel.

“It’s calling to release the hostages, to send aid into Gaza immediately.

“And it’s a call to Joe Biden because, I’m from Ireland and the American president at that time, Clinton, had a huge effect on the peace process in Ireland and worked out a two-state solution in Northern Ireland.

“There’s been peace in Northern Ireland since the 90s, so I think he (Biden) could really effectively use his position now to do that.

“And we as actors, I think at the moment because I’m in the show and I have a lot of eyes on me, if I can draw attention to that in a little bit of a way and give back a little bit and highlight what’s happening, I’m very happy to do that.”

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The actress is also known for her role playing Clare in Derry Girls, a sitcom set during the Troubles.

At the screening, Coughlan also spoke about the memes created by fans following the premiere of the first half of the new series.

She told PA: “I love all the memes, they really crack me up.

“And I love TikTok and I used to love TikTok because I was never on it and now that Bridgerton’s out I’m like, ‘Oh, God, it’s every second video’, but I more enjoy the groups of people watching it, the husbands who say they don’t watch it and people saying ‘I hear Pitbull through my wall’. It’s hilarious to me.”

The last episode in the third series’ first half included a reimagined orchestral version of Pitbull’s Give Me Everything.

Episode four also ended with the suggestion that there could be wedding bells for Colin Bridgerton, played by Luke Newton, and Coughlan’s character, Penelope Featherington.

In a nod to this, Coughlan wore a veil to the event, in Leicester Square, as well as a light pink sequinned off-the-shoulder gown which stood in contrast to a pair of dark red velvet gloves, one of which had the Artist4Ceasefire pin on it.

Bridgerton season three part two drops on Netflix today.

 

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