Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton's Friendship Photos to Hold You Over Until "Bridgerton" Returns

It's the talk of the town: Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton are taking center stage to portray Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton's love story in "Bridgerton" season three. Following in the footsteps of Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page playing Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset, and Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey playing Kate Sharma and Anthony Bridgerton, the actors have big shoes to fill as the third duo serving up steamy romance on the Regency-era drama. But thanks to the close friendship they've formed through the years, we're confident they're more than capable of filling 'em — we just wish we knew when we'll get to see that chemistry in action (attention, Netflix).

Ever since meeting on set three years ago, Coughlan and Newton have delighted fans with numerous selfies on social media, often referencing their onscreen couple nickname, Polin (a combination of Penelope and Colin). It's clear they deeply care about their characters and enjoy a genuine offscreen bond, as much of the "Bridgerton" cast does when the cameras stop rolling.

"I couldn't ask for a better partner to go into this with."

Coughlan and Newton also find ways to praise one another in interviews. Referencing the racy scenes she and Newton shot for season three, Coughlan told Netflix's TUDUM, "I couldn't ask for a better partner to go into this with. I have such trust in Luke, and I hope he has it in me to go forward on it." Newton, for one, is quite fond of representing one half of such a beloved fictional pair. "I love Polin," he told TUDUM, admitting that he often browses through the Polin hashtag on social media. "There's so much love for that relationship, which brings its pressures because there are people that are really excited about this story to come to the forefront. But also it really warms me."

Admittedly, though, that real-life friendship did make fiming a bit awkward, at points. Coughlan told Entertainment Tonight in a June interview, "Luke and I read the books at the beginning of season 1, and it was funny to us. We were like, 'Imagine if we have to kiss and do this.' And then season three come on and we were like, 'Oh god,' and then it's like, it's my friend. I have to kiss my friend."

Continued Coughlan, "Oh my god, there was one day where we had to sort of do like a very romantic, beautifully written romantic scene. And we were just like peeing ourselves with laughter, 'cause you just have to, like, look into each other's eyes and we were like, 'Oh god.'"

While we wait to see Penelope and Colin's relationship evolve from friends to lovers on season three of "Bridgerton," we'll be fawning over all the sweet photos Coughlan and Newton have shared on Instagram through the years, and the red carpet moments we've gotten of them. Join us by checking them out ahead.

Photos of Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton

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