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The Derry Girls cast in real life: See what they look like out of character

Do you think they look different?

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19 June 2020
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We are loving that Derry Girls is airing on Channel 4 once again, and, if you're anything like us, you probably are too. We can't wait to rewatch the likes of Erin Quinn, Orla McCool and Clare Devlin as they get up to all sorts of mischief but it got us wondering, how different are the girls (and boys) who play these colourful characters like in real life. Where are they from? What age are they? What do they look like in real life? It's time to find out… 

Erin Quinn played by Saoirse-Monica Jackson


Saoirse-Monica Jackson, who plays the main character, Erin Quinn, was born in Londonderry in November 1993, making her 27 years old. Her parents owned a small hotel and she grew up in Ireland between Derry and Donegal. Derry Girls has proved her biggest role yet but prior to filming the hit series, she did also star in The Five on Sky One in 2016.

Clare Devlin played by Nicola Coughlan

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Nicola Coughlan is originally from Galway in the west of Ireland and is 34 years old - yes, we want to know her skincare secret ASAP! She trained at both The Oxford School of Drama and Birmingham School of Acting and, aside from Derry Girls, has started in the likes of Harlots and Doctors.  

READ: Find out everything you need to know about Derry Girls

Orla McCool played by Louisa Harland


Little is known about Louisa Harland, who hails from Dublin, but it has been reported that she is 27 years old. 

Michelle Mallon played by Jamie-Lee O’Donnell


Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, who plays the all-out troublemaker Michelle Mallon, is also a Derry native and is 33. She has had a few roles aside from Derry Girls and in 2018, she had a role in the BBC one-off, Doing Money.

James Maguire played by Dylan Llewellyn

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27-year-old Dylan Llewellyn who plays "the wee English fella", is actually from England. He was born in Surrey and has starred in Hollyoaks

Sister Michael played by Siobhan McSweeney


Originally from Cork, Siobhan McSweeney has acted in theatre, TV and film over the years. Many might recognise her from her role in The Fall and Alice in Wonderland: Alice Through the Looking Glass.

READ NEXT: The sweet detail you might have missed from Derry Girls

Jenny Joyce played by Leah O’Rourke


Leah, pictured with her friend, is from County Down and is known as the goody-goody Jenny Joyce in the series. The 32-year-old has played a variety of roles in her career and has starred in The Fall and a number of short films. 

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