‘Bridgerton’ and ‘Derry Girls’ star leads new comedy series ‘Big Mood’

Irish actress Nicola Coughlan has been cast in a brand new TV comedy!

Best known for playing Clare in Derry Girls and Penelope Featherington in Netflix’s Bridgerton, she’ll be starring in Big Mood.

The six-part series is described as “a vivacious and rebellious portrayal of female friendship when infiltrated by the complexities of a serious mental illness.”

From the producers of BBC One’s The Responder, Big Mood promises to explore “the messy pitfalls and idiosyncrasies of navigating adulthood through wicked humour, daft anecdotes, and unsettling truths.”

This sounds like it could be one to watch!

Nicola Coughlan wrapped the final season of Derry Girls last year (we still can’t believe she’s 36 in real life!), so it’ll be great to see her in another comedy role.

She commented: “When I first met [writer] Camilla Whitehill long, long ago, during the time of Indie Sleaze, I quickly realised she was one of the funniest and most talented people I’d ever met.

“It was always our dream for us to work on something together, and now Channel 4 are making that dream come true. I can’t wait to make this show with this amazing group of people.”

Coughlan will be joined in Big Mood by Lydia West, who you’ll recognise from It’s a Sin, Inside Man, and Dracula.

The 29-year-old British actress said: “I’m so happy to be working with Camilla and Nicola on this project. The writing is genius, and the subject explores the mental health struggles that all of our generation face – coupled with how to navigate complicated, loving and nuanced friendship.

“Channel 4 is the perfect home for this heart-warming, hilarious, savvy comedy and I feel truly honoured to tell this story which touched my heart.”

The official synopsis for Big Mood reads: “Best friends Maggie and Eddie have lived in each other’s pockets for ten years, through thick, thin, and multiple challenging eyebrow trends.

“But with the rest of their lives looming, careers hanging in the balance, and Maggie’s bipolar disorder making an unwelcome return to form, Eddie begins to question whether this friendship is really in their best interests.

“It’s a pivotal point in both their lives, bringing to the surface those all-important questions – could sleeping with your former History teacher be the key to happiness?

“Is a basement Rat Hotel a functional alternative to pest control? How do you stop your new psychiatrist giving you worry dolls? With their twenties behind them, Maggie and Eddie’s relationship faces the future – can it survive?”

Big Mood is expected to premiere in the UK later this year on Channel 4.

Meanwhile, Nicola Coughlan will also be back on our screens in 2023 as Penelope in the third season of Bridgerton.

Netflix has teased: “With Penelope’s days as a wallflower wearing thin, will she finally take bloom?”

The official Inside Bridgerton book is available on Amazon.