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Derry Girls’ Nicola Coughlan felt pressure to get powerful coming out scene ‘right’: ‘It’s going to look like we’re taking the p*ss’

Nicola plays Clare Devlin on the channel 4 show (Picture: Peter Marley/Channel 4)

Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan revealed she felt anxious about her ‘wee lesbian’ character coming out.

The 35-year-old actress plays Clare Devlin on the hit Channel 4 comedy – which last aired back in 2019 – and follows a group of Northern Irish teens growing up during The Troubles.

Although Clare is known as the goody-goody intelligent friend, fans witnessed a monumental moment in the season one finale where she came out to her friends after Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson) unintentionally published her anonymous letter in the school paper under the title The Secret Life of a Lesbian.

Although the powerful storyline was met with high praise, the Bridgerton star revealed she felt the pressure to do the important scene justice.

Speaking to Bustle she said: ‘I worried about it a lot. It’s a serious moment, but it had to be presented in a really comic way. You don’t want to have some schmaltzy thing, it would have felt really wrong.

‘There was a feeling of if we don’t get this right, it’s going to look like we’re taking the p*ss.’

Clare Devlin came out as a lesbian in the season one finale (Picture: Peter Marley/Channel 4)
Derry Girls returned this month after three years (Picture: Channel 4)

Nicola later addressed how much of an impact the scene had on the LGBTQ+ community – considering the fact that same-sex marriage was illegal at the time the episode came out.

Nicola – who also stars as Penelope Featherington in Netflix’s Bridgerton – recently expressed her devastation over her reduced role in the third and final chapter of Derry Girls.

After she revealed that her role in the regency drama took priority, she said: We were meant to film Derry Girls in January 2021.

‘And I was totally free and they decided to push it again. And that caused me insane stress because I was on what in the industry is called first call.’

She continued: ‘They had to cut down my role somewhat, which was hard.

‘But I think, you know, the fans of the show are going to be happy.’

Season 3 of the hit series premiered on April 12, with Clare and the rest of the gang for their final outing, however, fans were taken aback after Taken star Liam Neeson made a surprise cameo.

Derry Girls season three continues on Tuesday at 9pm on Channel 4. 


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