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Bridgerton’s Luke Newton Pranks Nicola Coughlan In Viral BTS Clip

He got her good.

Luke Newton and Nicola Coughlan in 'Bridgerton' Season 3.

Bridgerton Season 3 was just as entertaining behind the scenes. On June 3, Luke Newton (aka Colin Bridgerton) shared an Instagram gallery of BTS moments from the set of the Netflix drama, including a clip of him pranking his co-star, Nicola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington).

In the now-viral video, captioned “Polin Part 2,” Coughlan is secretly filmed entering what appears to be the Bridgerton Series 3 dressing room. As she approaches her chair, Newton jumps out from under a vanity table, startling Coughlan, who runs away screaming.

The prank soon caught fire online, with one declaring Coughlan’s jump “priceless.”

“Luke, why’d you do my girl like that?” another fan commented on Instagram. “This video is everything! I love their off-screen chemistry,” one user also wrote, while Coughlan herself commented under the video, “Hahahhahahaa.”

This isn’t the only Polin prank pulled by the co-stars. In another behind-the-scenes video from the set of Season 3, posted by director Andrew Ahn, the pair are shown filming a ballroom scene that’s suddenly interrupted by a familiar song.

Luke Newton and Nicola Coughlan at the Bridgerton Series 3 premiere. Elena Di Vincenzo/Archivio Elena Di Vincenzo/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

In the clip, it quickly dawns on Newton that the track is “Cougar Town,” by the former British boy band South 4, which he was a member of before Bridgerton.

As the cast and crew dance along to the 2012 song, Newton breaks character and bursts into laughter.

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Fans were also treated to glimpses of the Bridgerton set back in 2022. In a video shared by the show’s choreographer from the Season 2 wrap party, the cast and crew danced to Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” wearing their Regency-era costumes.

At the time, Newton revealed to Insider that the on-set routine was his co-star Jonathan Bailey’s idea.

“Sometimes after lunch, energy can dip a bit,” he said. “It was Jonathan Bailey who asked the choreographer, Jack Murphy, if we could have a more modern dance that we could do on set. ... We had a little routine that we’d bust out to bring everyone’s energy levels back up.”