Meet the Birmingham graduate who's landed a role in a brand new Channel 4 comedy!

Nicola Coughlan

Former Birmingham City University student, Nicola Coughlan has landed a role in a brand new comedy series that will air on Channel 4 later this year.

Nicola graduated from Birmingham School of Acting, part of Birmingham City University in 2011 and is now currently filming for Derry Girls, a comedy from the producers of Father Ted.

Written by critically acclaimed writer Lisa McGee behind BBC Three’s Being Human, Derry Girls is set in the Irish city of Derry and is centred around 16-year-old Erin Quinn who lives with her uncompromising mother, her long-suffering father and fearsome Granda Joe, a man whose love for his daughters and granddaughters is surpassed only by his contempt for his son-in-law.

Originally from Galway in the west of Ireland, Nicola plays the role of Erin’s best friend, Clare Devlin, described as clever, ambitious and – when faced with her school Principal Sister Michael – an enthusiastic grass.

The cast of Derry Girls

Since graduating, Nicola has performed in Duck by Stella Feehily at The Other Place, London, starred in a UK tour of Luke Barnes’s Chapel Street and appeared in a guest role on TV soap opera Doctors.

“Birmingham School of Acting really helped me embrace my individuality as an actor and I never felt the need to fit into any specific box,” Nicola said. “I hope that will come through in ‘Derry Girls’ and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of a Channel 4 show that has four strong, comedic female leads.”

Named by The Stage as “one to watch”, Nicola also won acclaim for her lead role in Jess and Joe Forever at The Orange Tree Theatre in London last year, where she will reprise her role at The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh from August 3 – 27.