Bridgerton Unveils First Look at Penelope and Colin’s Glow Up in “Scandalous” Season 3

Netflix released the first official photos of Bridgerton season three, centering on a "grown up" Penelope and Colin. See how Nicola Coughlan described the season.

By Lindsay Weinberg Jun 17, 2023 11:47 PMTags
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Polin's first look is sweet like honey.

Netflix dropped the official first photos from Bridgerton season three on June 17, revealing Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) stepping into the spotlight as the dazzling new stars.

Penelope—who has a side hustle as town gossip Lady Whistledown—looked radiant in multiple pale blue dresses that complemented her red hair, styled in soft waves.

"Do contain your excitement," the show tweeted, adding on Instagram, "The author is about to become the main character."

And according to Nicola, fans are in for a wild ride. The 36-year-old described her season—which doesn't yet have a release date—as "magical," "romantic" and "quite scandalous" while speaking at Tudum's Brazil event, per Shondaland.

"This year is the year Penelope thought she was having last year, if that makes sense," Nicola told the outlet. "Because I think she thought that she and Colin were a thing and it was happening, and then she got a really rude awakening at the end. I always say year one is ‘girl,' year two is ‘not a girl, not yet a woman,' and this year is ‘woman.' So, she's entering into a woman era this time."

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And as Pen and Colin may be getting closer than ever, so has she with her co-star.

"Luke and I sharing this experience together has been great, because he's someone who completely gets what you're going through, and we can kind of be a united front on stuff," the Derry Girls star noted. "We can talk about scenes that we're nervous about or whatnot. Obviously, we've had scenes together since the beginning, but it's definitely different this time around."


Teasing that there will be a "massive shift this season," Nicola said her character has "really grown up" since the first episodes in 2020. Now that she's "having to sort of step up and film these romantic scenes," the actress is embracing moments that are "totally out of my comfort zone."

"I often think about playing characters who are a lot younger than you, and one of the most important things is not to patronize them and to realize that everyone, regardless of age, is a human being," she explained. "I've been on a bit of a journey with her this time around—she's embracing her womanhood."

Find out everything to know about Bridgerton season three here, and keep reading for all of the dreamy first look photos.

Sharing a Glance

Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin (Luke Newton) take center stage as the duo to watch in season three of Bridgerton.

Looking For His Place in This World

Fans will get the chance to get more insight into Colin Bridgerton's personality this season.

"Colin is a curious person," co-executive producer Betsy Beers explained. "And I think he feels that his answers are out there somewhere, which is why you sense this pushing and pulling and, ultimately, confusion. He's in a tough spot, being the third son. In a world where you only need an heir and a spare, Colin doesn't know where he fits—and he's constantly looking to transform himself.

A Longing Look

Penelope is "grown up" now, Nicola shared in June 2023, adding it was "definitely different this time around" as all eyes are on her journey from Lady Whistledown to leading lady. 

Day Dreaming—or Plotting

The actress has known for a while that she'll be the focus. 

"I've known for, like, two weeks into filming season two, so I had a lot of time to adjust to it," she told E! News' Justin Sylvester and Loni Love in May 2022. "But then, you know, last night when they were like, ‘The news is coming out. You can talk about it,' I was like, ‘I don't want to. I'm too scared.' When I say it out, it makes it real."

The Dashing Bridgerton

One more secret about season three? It appears another extravagant ball will be taking place: London's Osterley Park estate was seen in July totally made-over with white flowers, Regency-era carriages and purple decorations seemingly for filming. Colin better have his dance moves perfected!

Hands Touch, Eyes Meet

Penelope and Colin share an intimate moment as she assists him with a cut to his hand. 

One of the Ton's Many Soirées

Colin and Penelope tease their romance at one of the ton’s soirées.

A New Suitor

Colin has competition when Lord Debling (Sam Phillips) begins vying for Penelope's hand. 

Leaving the Nest

Penelope learns to spread her wings after distancing herself from her overbearing family. 

Super Steamy Season

Jonathan Bailey is looking forward to seeing where season three takes the Bridgertons.

"It's going to be tantalizing," the actor teased to E! News' Francesca Amiker at the GQ Men of the Year in November. "It's going to be good. And also, my brother Luke Newton is bringing the heat with Nicola. So it's going to be great."

And Simone Ashley couldn't agree more.

"I'm very happy when I'm reading the scripts," she told E! News at the time. "When I receive them, I've got a beaming smile on my face."

Gentlemen's Night

Colin enjoys a night out with his older brother Benedict, still an eligible bachelor himself. 

New (Marriage) Season, New Eloise

The second oldest Bridgerton daughter decides to put her best foot forward when it comes to finding a suitor. 

Mother Knows Best

Bridgerton's third youngest Francesca (Hannah Dodd) returns to London. 

A Family Affair

The Bridgerton's gather for an important occasion. But just what, viewers will have to wait and see...

A New Place in the Ton

Will Mondrich (Martins Imhangbe) and his family grapple with their new reality after being gifted a new title. 

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