Nicola Coughlan almost gave up acting after failing to book any gigs while struggling to make ends meet while living in London.
Now she has become a household name for her part as Clare in Derry Girls and, of course, Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton.
So when she learned about her latest role she could barely contain her excitement.
And honestly, it’s truly iconic!
Nicola will be playing Nancy in Audibles’ version of Oliver Twist.
She took to Instagram to share the good news, writing: “Slight upgrade from when I did Oliver in school and played Unnamed Workhouse Orphan Number 4
“Genuinely a lifelong dream to play Nancy(!), with this cast(!!), and Sam Mendes to top it all off(!?) So delighted.”
We can’t blame her!
Her comment section was filled with congratulatory messages including her Bridgerton co-star Luke Newton, who wrote: “This is mega.”
Derry Girls star Louisa Harland commented: “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.”
While her good pal Jonathan Van Ness added lots of love-heart-eyed emojis.
Deadline announced the stellar cast for the audiobook recording that has dropped this week.
Succession star Brian Cox plays Fagan, the guardian, for lack of a better word, of a group of child thieves headed by the Artful Dodger played by singer, Elijah Wolf.
Oscar-winner Daniel Kaluuya plays Bill Sikes’, Nancy’s abusive partner in the audiobook alongside Nicola.
Newcomer Emilio Villa-Muhammad voices the titular character of Oliver Twist.
Released already on Audible, the adaptation of Dickens’ classic will also star Kit Connor (Heartstopper), Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You), Julia Davis (Gavin & Stacey), Nick Mohammed (Ted Lasso), Patricia Allison (Sex Education) and Diane Morgan (Motherland).