Derry Girls star hits out at theatre critic for commenting on her weight

Nicola Coughlan Galway Derry Girls

Star of Derry Girls and Oranmore native Nicola Coughlan has hit out at theatre reviewer Philip Fisher for commenting on her weight in a review of the play she is in.

In a series of Tweets yesterday, Coughlan said: “Hi , for the second time your reviewer Philip Fisher has come to see a show I’m in, and as part of reviewing the show he has also reviewed my body. How can you continue to support this?

“I was in a show called Jess and Joe Forever last August which he came to see and his opening sentence was “Jess is a fat girl” My weight has no relevance to either the performance I gave in that or in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.”

Part of Fisher’s review

She added: “Just so you know I am so disappointed you let a man like this review for you. Let me state this clearly, he is not welcome to review any show I am in from now till forever. And I plan to be in a lot of damn shows. Peace.”

Fans flocked to support the Galway actress who shot to fame last year in Channel 4’s biggest new comedy for nearly five years.