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Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan is sick of people talking about her body

Galway, Ireland- Nicola Coughlan clapped back after being referred to as the "fat girl from Bridgerton" on Twitter and restated her desire to be judged for her work, not her body.

Nicola Coughlan (34) is best known for her roles in Bridgerton and Derry Girls
Nicola Coughlan (34) is best known for her roles in Bridgerton and Derry Girls  © screenshot/ Instagram Nicola Coughlan

Like many actors Nicola Coughlan, best known for her role in the period drama Bridgerton, attended the 2021 Golden Globes virtually, but she still dressed to impress.

The actor wore a stunning pastel yellow gown from the British designer Molly Goddard paired with a black knit cardigan and bold pink eyeshadow.

As Elle magazine reported this bold look was mostly celebrated on social media. However, podcaster Amanda Richards, who regularly talks and writes about the experiences of overweight people, saw something less admirable in the star's outfit.

On Monday Richards tweeted: "The fat girl from Bridgerton is wearing a black cardigan at the Golden Globes, bc no matter how hot and stylish you are, if you’re a fat girl there will always be a black cardigan..."

But Coughlan was not about to let anyone make assumptions about her style choices.

Coughlan responded to Richard's tweet, pointing out that the cardigan was part of the designer's original outfit concept and ending with a sharp: "also I have a name." Her response has been liked more than 6,000 times.

Richard's tweet struck a nerve with the accomplished actor, who continued to tweet about how much she hates it when interviews turn into discussions of her body. She also reposted an article she wrote for The Guardian in response to a critic who called her an "overweight little girl"

"Can we judge actors for their work and not their bodies," Coughlan asked, while insisting that her body was the "tool" she uses to tell stories – nothing more, nothing less.

The actor made it clear with her Twitter thread that she is fed up with this kind of discourse, but that she is more than happy to talk about anything else. "I have so many other things I love to talk about, I’m Irish so I can talk till the cows come home."

Cover photo: Collage: IMAGO / ZUMA Press & screenshot/Twitter/Nicola Coughlan

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