Nicola Coughlan, born 9 January 1987, is an Irish actress best known for her roles as Clare Devlin in the Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls, and Penelope Featherington in the Netflix period drama Bridgerton with Phoebe Dynevor, Jonathan Bailey, Regé-Jean Page and Claudia Jessie.
She found success in 2018 when Coughlan began playing Clare Devlin, one of the main characters, in Derry Girls. This sitcom is set in Derry, Northern Ireland, in the 1990s. The series was broadcast in January and February 2018 on Channel 4. The series was rereleased on Netflix in the same year.