We love Derry Girls airing again on Channel 4, and if you are like us, you are probably like that too. We cannot wait to look again at the likes of Erin Quinn, Orla McCool and Clare Devlin as they get up to all sorts of trouble but it made us wonder how different are the girls (and boys) who play these colorful characters like in real life. Whence do they come from? How aged are they? What does real life look like? Time has come to find out…
Erin Quinn played by Saoirse-Monica Jackson
In November 1993, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, who plays the main character, Erin Quinn, was born in Londonderry, making her 27 years old. Her parents owned a small hotel and had grown up between Derry and Donegal in Ireland. Derry Girls has proven her greatest role yet but she also appeared in The Five on Sky One in 2016 before shooting the hit series.
Clare Devlin played by Nicola Coughlan
Originally from Galway in west Ireland, Nicola Coughlan is 34 years old-yes, we want to learn her secret skincare ASAP! She trained at both The Oxford School of Drama and the Birmingham School of Acting, and began in the likes of Harlots and Doctors, aside from Derry Girls.
Orla McCool played by Louisa Harland
Little is known about Louisa Harland, who comes from Dublin, but she is currently 27 years old.
Michelle Mallon played by Jamie-Lee O’Donnell
Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, who plays Michelle Mallon, the all-out troublemaker, is also a Derry native, and is 33. She had a few roles apart from Derry Girls and she played one-off role in the BBC, Doing Money, in 2018.
James Maguire played by Dylan Llewellyn
Twenty-seven-year-old Dylan Llewellyn who plays “the wee English fella” is originally from England. Born in Surrey, he is starred in Hollyoaks.
Sister Michael played by Siobhan McSweeney
Originally from Cork, over the years Siobhan McSweeney has been acting in theatre, television, and film. From her role in The Fall and Alice in Wonderland, many might recognize her: Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Jenny Joyce played by Leah O’Rourke
Leah is from County Down and is known in the series as the goody-goody Jenny Joyce, pictured with her friend. In her career, the 32-year-old has played a variety of roles and appeared in The Fall and a number of short movies.
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