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Poll: Who is your favourite Derry Girl (or wee English fella)?

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The cast of Derry Girls. (Channel 4)
The cast of Derry Girls. (Channel 4)

Channel 4's Northern Ireland-based comedy Derry Girls has become a huge hit in recent weeks - providing great craic and amazing one-liners on a Thursday night.

The six-part series is written by Derry native Lisa McGee and focuses on her own stories of growing up in the city in the early 1990s.

The programme has also introduced audiences to some great characters who we've all no doubt encountered at some point in our lives.

But who do you think is the best character on the show?

Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson)

Sixteen-year-old Erin has grand ambitions to become a famous writer and has serious ideas above her station. She considers herself to be very liberal and worldly, in reality she’s quite easily shocked and has never ventured further than Buncrana.

Her family drive her mad, her friends are an embarrassment, and the boy she likes doesn’t even know she exists. She’s constantly trying to elevate her social status without much success.

Saoirse-Monica Jackson.

Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell)

Sweary, unashamedly offensive with a filthy sense of humour, man-hungry Michelle loves a good time. Her big mouth often lands her and the others in trouble.

Jamie-Lee O’Donnell.

Orla (Louisa Harland)

Whimsical and unpredictable Orla dances to her own tune, and thinks nothing of reading her cousin’s diary or borrowing her knickers.

She has an unflinchingly positive and optimistic view of life, is very comfortable in her own skin, and confident with her (often quite insane) opinions.

Louise Harland.

Clare (Nicola Coughlan)

Clare is clever, ambitious and, when faced with an authority figure, an enthusiastic grass.

Nothing is more important to her than academic achievement, and she would probably sell her granny for a better grade. But she does care about Kamal, the wee Ethiopian fella from Ballybofey.

Nicola Coughlan.

James - the wee English fella (Dylan Llewellyn)

Michelle’s cousin is the ultimate outsider. Poor James is completely out of his depth and struggling to understand his new world.

Dylan Llewellyn

Sister Michael (Siobhan McSweeney)

The eternally unimpressed headmistress of Our Lady Immaculate College, Sister Michael is the ultimate authority figure as far as the gang are concerned.

Tough, terrifying and always two steps ahead of everyone.

Siobhan McSweeney.

Ma Mary (Tara Lynne O’Neill)

Ma Mary, Erin’s mother, is the uncompromising but caring matriarch of the Quinn/McCool clan. She is the hard-working heart of the family, strict – but not always fair.

Da Gerry (Tommy Tiernan)

Outnumbered and outmanoeuvred by the women in his life, Gerry often feels like he’s playing catch up. Gerry longs for a quiet life and avoids confrontation.

Unfortunately he happens to live with a man who seems to resent his very existence - his father-in-law Joe.

Tommy Tiernan and Tara Lynne O’Neill.

Granda Joe (Ian McElhinney)

The Fearsome Granda Joe doesn’t scare easily and is a very well respected man in his community.

His love for his daughters and granddaughters is surpassed only by his contempt for his son in law.

Ian McElhinney.

Aunt Sarah (Kathy Kiera Clarke)

Orla’s ditzy mother has a laid back attitude to everything except her own appearance.

From left, cast members including Tommy Tiernan and Tara Lynne O'Neill as the parents and Ian McElhinney (right) as the grandfather

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