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Sarah Jessica Parker pops into cafe outside Derry for Ulster fry with Matthew Broderick and children

By Patricia Devlin

She’s one of the world’s most glamorous women but even Sarah Jessica Parker can’t resist an Ulster fry.

The Sex and the City star surprised locals at a small cafe outside Derry when she stopped off for the slap up breakfast last week.

The movie star, 50, called into Doherty’s cafe in Bridgend with famous hubby Matthew Broderick and their three children for a fry up before jetting back to the US.

The family were on their way to Belfast International Airport after spending time at their Kilcar cottage, and couldn’t resist the sizzling snack before jumping on a long haul flight bound for New York.


Customers at the small cafe, which sits just across the border, snapped the family coming into Doherty’s.

One told Sunday Life: “I nearly choked on my sausage when I saw Sarah Jessica Parker walking across the car park.

“They came in, grabbed a table in the corner and ordered breakfast with the kids.

“We were all star-struck – but at the same time no-one wanted to bother them by asking for pictures. But some took a few sneaky snaps as they sat across the room.

“They chatted away to the staff who couldn’t believe they were serving up frys to two of the world’s biggest film stars.”

The customer, who said no-one wanted to “torture” the TV star for a picture, said she is hopeful the pair will stop in again.

“They were very, very thankful to staff as they left, and they cleared their plates so they definitely enjoyed their breakfast.

“Hopefully it won’t be the last time we see them.”

Sunday Life contacted the Bridgend cafe, who confirmed the pair had dined their last week.

But no-one was available for further comment.

It was just last month that the actress said she could easily swap the bright lights of New York for the windswept beauty of Donegal.

The actress said she would consider a permanent move to the small village of Kilcar after falling in love with the scenery, locals and  - a good old fashioned fry-up.

She said: “We would be delighted to decamp to Ireland. Move the children, put them in school there, have tea every day, a proper fry.

“It’s just an exquisite, beautiful, relaxing, wonderful place for ourselves and for our children.”

Matthew Broderick, whose father’s family hails from Kilcar in Co Donegal and who spent his summers there as a child, added: “We will probably go this summer at some point.

“I like tea, wandering around, eating, being with our friends. We have friends there too that I’ve known since I was growing up.

“The kids seem to love it. They keep asking when can we go back.

“They can run around and don’t have to be watched so much.”

Native New Yorker Broderick, star of films such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Godzilla, had previously described his childhood trips to the small village as ‘magical’.

“We’d spend the summer there, my parents bought a little bungalow right on the ocean and I started going there from the time I was about 10 years old.

“I’ve been there pretty much every summer and many Christmases. Now I have a little house right next to my parents’ house.”

Parker and Broderick recently hosted an event in New York celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Irish poet W.B. Yeats.

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