As Derry Girls is about to return we’ve compiled a handy who’s who of the main characters people all over the world have taken to their hearts.
It’s been three years since the show last aired back in 2019 and Season 3 will see all the main stars return for the third and final season.
The first episode of Derry Girls Season 3 airs on Channel 4 on Tuesday, April 12 at 9.15pm.
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l-r: Gerry Quinn (Tommy Tiernan), Mary Quin (Tara O'Neill) Erin Quinn (Sairse Jackson), Orla McCool (Louisa Harland), Sarah McCool (Kathy Clarke) Granda Joe (Ian McElhinney)
Where do you start with Erin Quinn (brilliantly played by Saoirse Monica Jackson)? The leader of the oddball pack of Derry Girls, Erin has illusions of literary grandeur with ambitions far exceeding her talent, at least at this young age. Good natured and soft hearted generally, Erin also has ruthless ambition that is often thwarted and ends in life lessons but which managed to terrify the normally unshakable Sister Michael. Erin's innocence, search for romance, impulsive nature and dramatic personality bring much of the hilarity and drive a lot of the chaos on the show. Ultimately, Erin is a youngster who is an endearing and loyal friend, someone who gets an A for effort and shines through despite circumstances. Perhaps destined for greater things after all... (Photo: Channel 4)
Michelle Mallon (brought vividly to life by Jamie-Lee O'Donnell) is that madcap friend everyone had at one time that got you into all sorts of situations and also got you into parties you'd no right to be at. Derry to the core, she is the coolest of the Derry Girls, impulsive and up for a sesh any night or day of the week. Michelle is a force of nature and the originator of much of the ill-fated plans and ideas the gang cook up in the quest for a bit of craic, a curt or a shortcut to success. She tells it like it is via a series of inventive expletives and despite her English cousin James being the bane of her existence, she tolerates him (most of the time) tagging along, though reminds him frequently he is at the bottom of the pecking order. A nemesis of Jenny Joyce, Michelle is also resourceful and determined to make the absolute most of hand the Derry Girls have been dealt in life. A true star turn. (Picture: Channel 4)
You wouldn't bet against Orla McCool (Louisa Clare Harland) to out-survive us all with her impressive and unusual skills set. On another plane completely, Orla is a step aerobics enthusiast, and partial to melting stuff and e-numbers, especially chocolate fountains and sweets from Wee Dennis' shop. Orla is a true original, cool in her own way and quite unfazed by the everyday problems that beset her cousin Erin and the rest of the gang. She has also somehow managed to develop second to none survival skills and dishes out sage advice on how to survive puma attacks in a tent and wolves to nonplussed acquaintances and strangers. Orla is also the apple of her mother Sarah's eye. And although entirely different people, this odd wee apple didn't fall too far from the tree. Photo: Channel 4.