Derry Girls is finally returning for its third and final series soon, bringing us more teenage antics and angst from Erin, Orla, Clare, Michelle and the wee English fella.
But we’re unfortunately going to see less of Nicola Coughlan’s Clare than we might have hoped, the actress has revealed.
Speaking to Digital Spy and other press outlets while promoting Bridgerton season 2, Coughlan revealed that pandemic-related pushbacks led to a filming overlap, and something sadly had to give.
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“Last year was really difficult,” she said. “I won’t lie because, you know, at the best of times trying to manage different projects, it’s such a push and pull.
“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. So it means you have to go and do the show that you’re on first call to, which was Bridgerton.
“And I was like ‘Guys, can we just film it?’ And they were like, ‘No, we’re gonna wait.’ And I was like, ‘oh’, I know [we had to make] compromises happen in the script of Derry Girls. It was devastating to me because I wanted to be in all of this. But compromises had to be made.
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“And you know, they had to cut down my role somewhat, which was hard. Really, really hard. But I think, you know, the fans of the show are going to be happy. I think it’s a really nice sign-off for the show. “
While Derry Girls has come to an end, Coughlan isn’t sticking to just Bridgertonas she’s already landed herself a new comedy project.
Derry Girls airs on Channel 4, while series 1-2 are also available on Netflix.
Bridgerton season 2 is now available to watch on Netflix. Secret Cinema with Fever Present Bridgerton is open now in Wembley. To purchase tickets, head here.
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