Simone Ashley defends Bridgerton co-star Nicola Coughlan against body shaming

Simone Ashley, the star of Netflix's Bridgerton, has publicly defended her co-star Nicola Coughlan against body-shaming comments. At the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, Ashley spoke out against the negativity Coughlan has received, highlighting her colleague's strength, intelligence, and kindness.

Ashley emphasised that Coughlan's "strong and fruitful career and entire life" lie ahead of her, and she should not be discouraged by the negativity. She applauded Coughlan's ability to spread joy and inspiration, particularly to women around the world.

Coughlan, who plays Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton, recently faced criticism for her intimate scenes in the show's most recent season. However, she confidently responded to a fan's comment about her "bravery" by expressing pride in her body type and the representation she brings to the screen.