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

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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.