Bridgerton Star Nicola Coughlan Reveals Hilarious Behind-the-Scenes Secret About Filming Season Three’s Steamy Sex Scene

Bridgerton fans have been eagerly awaiting the unfolding love story between Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton). The latest season has not disappointed, delivering on its promise of romance and passion.

Recently, Nicola Coughlan shared an amusing behind-the-scenes secret that has added a new layer of excitement for the show’s fans.

The Big Reveal

Nicola took to Instagram on Thursday to share a humorous detail about a particularly explicit scene in the new episodes.

She posted a photo of the damaged chaise lounge where she and Luke filmed a passionate six-minute scene, revealing that they managed to break the furniture during filming. “Part Two is out now, we put our heart and souls into it, hope you love watching it as much as we loved filming it #PolinForever,” Nicola captioned the photo, which showed her and Luke giving thumbs up next to the broken piece of furniture.

Fan Reactions

The post was met with an outpouring of comments from fans of the ‘Polin’ couple, expressing their delight and amusement.

Queer Eye star Jonathan van Ness commented with laughing face emojis, while another fan quipped, “We can all say that scene broke us.”

The enthusiasm from fans highlights the strong following and emotional investment in the characters’ journey.

Behind the Scenes

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Nicola had previously teased that this season would be particularly saucy, even mentioning that a piece of furniture had been broken during one of their scenes.

“It’s a little bit like a stunt in which they’re like, ‘Okay, we’re gonna do this, this, and this.’

But then they gave us freedom, and we had a lot of say in how we did those scenes and what we wanted to do,” she explained. This freedom, according to Nicola, made the scenes enjoyable and empowering to film.

The Scene’s Reception

The steamy scene between Penelope and Colin comes in episode five of the series and has been a talking point among fans and critics alike. While some viewers celebrated the boldness and intensity of the scene, others found it less appealing.

“I’M SCREAMING I KNEW IT. ON THE SOFA; thought this show was PG13?!?!?” one fan exclaimed, while another added, “Boobs on my screen, this is crazy.”

Critics’ Opinions

The passionate scene has divided critics. Aramide Timudu of Variety called it “one of the sexiest things seen on television since Bridgerton series one.”

In contrast, Vicky Jessop of the Evening Standard felt it lacked the desired impact, describing it as “two teenagers fumbling their way through an awkward clinch.”

This divergence in opinions has fueled further discussions among fans and critics about the direction and execution of the show’s latest season.

Other Critics’ Reviews

Overall, critics’ reviews of Bridgerton season three, part two, have been mixed. Vicky Jessop from the Evening Standard questioned whether the series is losing its touch, giving it a two-star review.

Anita Singh from The Telegraph found Penelope’s extensive sex scene with Colin to be cringe-worthy. Kate Rosseinsky from The Independent commented that the final two episodes would need to be dramatic to get things back on track.

However, Christopher Stevens from the Daily Mail acknowledged that despite the explicit nature of the scenes, they were oddly chaste.


Nicola Coughlan’s behind-the-scenes revelation has provided fans with a delightful and humorous insight into the making of Bridgerton’s latest season. While opinions on the explicit scenes vary, the passion and dedication of the cast in bringing their characters to life are undeniable.

As viewers continue to enjoy the unfolding drama and romance, the stories behind the scenes only add to the rich tapestry of the Bridgerton experience.

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