Penelope Featherington - Julia Quinn
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn and television pioneer Shonda Rhimes comes a powerful and romantic novel of Bridgerton’s Queen Charlotte and King George III’s great love story and how it sparked a societal shift, inspired by the original series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, created by Shondaland and streaming May 4 only on Netflix.

Penelope Featherington

Portrayed on screen by: Nicola Coughlan

Falls in love with: Colin Bridgerton

Featured in: Romancing Mister Bridgerton

Appears in: The Duke and I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer from a Gentleman, It’s In His Kiss, The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown, The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton, Just Like Heaven

Is also mentioned in: To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked, On the Way to the Wedding

Character Notes:

  • Penelope is mentioned over two dozen times in To Sir Phillip, With Love, but doesn't actually appear.
  • In On the Way to the Wedding, Penelope neither appears nor is mentioned by name, but is referred to as Colin's wife.
  • Penelope isn't identified by name in Just Like Heaven, but she is the "kindred spirit" Marcus overhears muttering to herself about getting an éclair. They are both at the same Bridgerton House party that occurs toward the beginning of Romancing Mister Bridgerton where Colin catches Penelope biting rapturously into what must be said procured éclair.

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Portrayed by: Nicola Coughlan
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Nicola Coughlan appears in Shondaland’s series for Netflix, Bridgerton, seasons 1 and 2

From the Show:
BRIDGERTON (L to R) CLAUDIA JESSIE as ELOISE BRIDGERTON and NICOLA COUGHLAN as PENELOPE FEATHERINGTON in Season 1 of BRIDGERTON Cr. LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX © 2020

BRIDGERTON (L to R) CLAUDIA JESSIE as ELOISE BRIDGERTON and NICOLA COUGHLAN as PENELOPE FEATHERINGTON in Season 1 of BRIDGERTON Cr. LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX © 2020

Bridgerton. (L to R) Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington, Polly Walker as Lady Portia Featherington, Harriet Cains as Philipa Featherington, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in Season 2 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

Bridgerton. (L to R) Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington, Polly Walker as Lady Portia Featherington, Harriet Cains as Philipa Featherington, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in Season 2 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

BRIDGERTON (L to R) NICOLA COUGHLAN as PENELOPE FEATHERINGTON, POLLY WALKER as PORTIA FEATHERINGTON, HARRIET CAINS as PHILLIPA FEATHERINGTON, BEN MILLER as LORD FEATHERINGTON and BESSIE CARTER as PRUDENCE FEATHERINGTON in Season 1 of BRIDGERTON Cr. LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX © 2020

BRIDGERTON (L to R) NICOLA COUGHLAN as PENELOPE FEATHERINGTON, POLLY WALKER as PORTIA FEATHERINGTON, HARRIET CAINS as PHILLIPA FEATHERINGTON, BEN MILLER as LORD FEATHERINGTON and BESSIE CARTER as PRUDENCE FEATHERINGTON in Season 1 of BRIDGERTON Cr. LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX © 2020

Bridgerton. (L to R) Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington, Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton in Season 2 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

Bridgerton. (L to R) Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington, Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton in Season 2 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

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