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Nicola Coughlan (aka Penelope Featherington; aka Lady Whistledown) has got a point to prove. Taking to the stage at Sunday's (8 May) BAFTA Awards (looking the definition of gorge in a Valentino Haute Couture pink floor-length gown), the Derry Girls turned Bridgerton star called out stereotypically sexist claims that 'women aren't funny' whilst presenting the award for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme.
"So, we are here tonight to answer the very important question: Are men funny?" the 35-year-old joked. "Unfortunately, science has no way of figuring this out, so the only way I can think of that is fair to determine who wins this award, is to have some sort of illegal fight club, in which each nominee duals to the death."
The Irish actor continued: "No, I've just been told the fight club is a no-go, it's not happening. So we'll do this the traditional way..." She then went on to announce the nominees for the category, but to be honest, was anyone paying attention after her poke at the sexist trope? Nicola deserves an award of her own for that!
As for who actually did scoop the award though, Stath Lets Flats' Jamie Demetriou came out victorious, beating the likes of Brassic's Joe Gilgnun, Bloods' Samson Kayo, This Time with Alan Partridge's Steve Coogan, Jerk's Tim Renkow and Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa – who, by the way, was recently confirmed as the new Time Lord on Doctor Who.
We love you, Nicola!
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