Nicola Coughlan shuts down commenter who called her "the fat one from Bridgerton"

The Bridgerton star is not here for comments about people's bodies, and neither are we

Nicola Coughlan attends a VIP Dinner to celebrate the launch of byTiMo Pre-Spring 2020 collection at Daphne's on November 13, 2019 in London, England
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Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan has shut down a commenter who referred to her as "the fat one from Bridgerton" this weekend.

On Sunday night she attended the Golden Globes, wearing a yellow tulle gown by British designer Molly Goddard. Forget Bridgerton, because this was a very Killing Eve fashion moment. 

However, when one person referred to her as "the fat girl from Bridgerton" on Twitter when discussing her outfit, Coughlan took it upon herself to call it out.

Big Calf Podcast host Amanda Richards wrote, "The fat girl from Bridgerton is wearing a black cardigan at the Golden Globes, bc no matter how hot and stylish you are, if you’re a fat girl there will always be a black cardigan you think about wearing, then decide against, but ultimately wear bc you feel like you have to."

Coughlan responded: "I thought the cardigan looked ace, Molly Goddard used them on her runway with the dresses that’s where the idea came from, also I have a name".

She then shared an article she wrote for in 2019, writing: "So I wrote this two years ago for the Guardian but I just thought I’d share it again TLDR: Can we judge actors for their work and not their bodies.

"Also can we please stop asking women about their weight in interviews, especially when it completely irrelevant," she continued in a series of tweets. "I’m seeing a lot of interviews from 10 years ago where people go 'Oh weren’t the questions so inappropriate!' unfortunately it’s still happening.

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"Every time I’m asked about my body in an interview it makes me deeply uncomfortable and so sad I’m not just allowed to just talk about the job I do that I so love. It’s so reductive to women when we’re making great strides for diversity in the arts, but questions like that just pull us backwards".

She continued: "Also, and I mean this in the nicest way ah possible, I’m not a body positivity activist, I’m an actor I would lose or gain weight if an important role requirement. My body is the tool I use to tell stories, not what I define myself by.

"So yeah, it’s 2021 it would be nice if we didn’t have to keep having this conversation. It would really love to never be asked about it in an interview again, also I have so many other things I love to talk about, I’m Irish so I can talk till the cows come home".

We applaud Nicola for calling these things out!

Lucy Abbersteen
Lucy Abbersteen

Lucy is a beauty journalist who has written for titles including Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, OK!, woman&home and Women's Health, as well as regularly contributing to My Imperfect Life. Her work covers everything from skin and haircare tips to trying and testing the latest beauty launches, and interviewing celebrities and experts. A certified dog person, her other interests include mental wellbeing, books, piña coladas and not getting caught in the rain.