- 06 Mar 18
Whether strutting her stuff in a Union Jack t-shirt to Whigfield or coming out as Our Lady Immaculate College’s “wee lesbian”, Derry Girls’ Clare Devlin has proven to be a hero for our – and their – times. Nicola Coughlan talks to Stuart Clark about bagging her dream role, the series’ other magical moments and rubbing shoulders with Oscar nominees.
They can go through the pretence of nominating other shows, but we all know that in 12 months time the IFTA and BAFTA committees will both be giving their ‘Best Comedy’ awards to Lisa McGee and Derry Girls.
Not since Edmund, Baldrick and George went over the top (both figuratively and literally) in Blackadder has a sitcom had you laughing like a hyena one moment, and sobbing uncontrollably into your Kleenex the next.
Having got more unmissable by the week, Derry Girls signed off with a season finale that will linger long in the memory not only for the closing image of Erin’s family watching in gape-mouthed horror as news of a fatal bombing breaks on TV, but also for Clare’s coming out as “the wee lesbian” whose anonymous ‘Suffocation: The Secret Life Of A Gay Teenager’ confessional has ended up in the school magazine.