Nicola Coughlan Said Kim Kardashian West and Her Family Inspired ‘Bridgerton’ on Netflix

Kim Kardashian West and her family have inspired pop culture for over a decade — and Nicola Coughlan said they even helped shape Netflix’s Bridgerton. The actor, who played Penelope Featherington on the smash-hit show, spoke out on Twitter about the reality TV family’s impact on the regency romance.

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington, Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington and Harriet Cans as Phillipa Featherington in 'Bridgerton'
Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington, Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington and Harriet Cans as Phillipa Featherington in ‘Bridgerton’ | Liam Daniel /NETFLIX

Nicola Coughlan said this about Kim Kardashian West and ‘Bridgerton’

Coughlan portrayed Penelope on the show, a young woman navigating regency life in London. Penelope also had to deal with her crush pursuing her cousin, as well as her best friend’s family going through it in the gossip column, Lady Whistledown. By the end of season 1, Bridgerton revealed the secret identity of the columnist. Fans who didn’t read Julia Quinn’s original books were surprised by the ending.

The actor revealed on April 20 that the Kardashian family helped inspire the Featherington family for the Netflix hit.

She tweeted: “As the world’s number one @bridgerton stan does @KimKardashian know that the Kardashians were a massive inspiration for the Featheringtons and we talked about them all the time during our fittings?”

The star continued: “Because I feel like she should know this.”

Kim Kardashian West responded to the tweets and was so excited

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The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star responded in pure joy to the revelation about her family and the show.

Kardashian West quote-tweeted Coughlan: “What?! I am freaking out! This tweet was sent to me on my @bridgerton group chat! Can I please come to a fitting?! It would make my whole life! I love you Lady W!”

The star of the show, who was revealed to be Lady Whistledown in the finale, immediately sent back a public message to Kardashian West.

“Omg yes of course we would love to have you,” she expressed. “Also did you know that Mr Pearl made your corset for the Met Gala and the very next one he made was mine for Bridgerton? You’ve been part of the Bridgerton world longer than you know!”

Nicola Coughlan has been a fan of the reality star for years

Kardashian West continued the conversation by answering Coughlan. She wrote: “OMG I’m gonna faint! Does this make me an honoary Duchess in Bridgerton?! I am the corset Queen!”

The Bridgerton actor joked back: “Why of course, Duchess Kardashian of Calabasas! Lady Whistledown is happy to declare you the season’s true incomparable.”

The reality star replied: “I will wear this title proudly and not let you down Lady Whistledown.”

Coughlan then took a moment to quote-tweet a message of hers from Feb. 24, 2020. The tweet was months before Bridgerton would air on Netflix, smashing records at the end of the year.

She said at the time: “You know what celebrity I’ve heard first hand from loads of people is really lovely – Kim Kardashian.”

We loved witnessing the pair’s interactions online. Maybe one day, Kardashian West will guest-star in an episode of her favorite show.