Nicola Coughlan: Derry Girls Actor

Aug 01, 2019, 01:00 AM

Alice gets to know actor Nicola Coughlan. Nicola plays Clare (the ‘wee lesbian’) in global hit sitcom Derry Girls, and is a Dorothy through-and-through

Actor Nicola Coughlan is a Galway native (she just does a very good Derry accent) who plays Clare Devlin in the global smash hit sitcom Derry Girls.

She also starred in 18th Century brothel drama Harlots, and has just started work on the huge new Shondaland production Bridgerton, alongside Dame Julie Andrews. On stage, Nicola was lauded for her work in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Donmar Warehouse.

Off stage, she’s a MASSIVE Dorothy. Nicola campaigned for marriage equality in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. She’s also a huge fan of drag, who’s been found tipping crisps over her head in tribute to Sasha Velour and glueing down her brows to complete an Alaska costume. 

We talked about her LGBTQ advocacy, living in San Francisco as a teenager, and her friendship with Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness.