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Critic's apology to Derry Girls star after jibes over her weight

By Jackie Bell

Derry Girls actress Nicola Coughlan has called out a theatre critic for referring to her weight in two separate reviews.

Coughlan (31), from Galway, plays Clare in the hit Channel 4 comedy which wrapped its first series in February.

She is currently starring in The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie at Donmar Warehouse and previously appeared on stage in Jess And Joe Forever at the Orange Tree Theatre.

Both shows were reviewed by Philip Fisher for the British Theatre Guide, a website featuring reviews, news and podcasts.

In the reviews he referenced Coughlan's weight and she shared the excerpts on Twitter.

Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee retweeted the post with the caption: "This is not acceptable."

Another London theatre reviewer suggested Fisher is "referring to a character in the play and the cruel jibes she receives, not maligning the actor".

However, Coughlan added: "There's no reference to the character's weight at any point in the script, this was targeted to me, and not for the first time."

The British Theatre Guide responded on Twitter: "Nicola, we apologise unreservedly for the offence caused by the wording of this review. The offending words have been removed. While the reviewer may not have intended to offend, he accepts it is not acceptable to use such descriptions in a review."

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