e Derry Girls characters - British Comedy Guide
Derry Girls. Image shows from L to R: James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn), Erin Quinn (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell), Clare Devlin (Nicola Coughlan), Orla McCool (Louisa Harland). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Derry Girls

Channel 4 sitcom set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2018. Stars Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, Nicola Coughlan, Louisa Harland and others.

Another series is in development.

Erin Quinn

Derry Girls. Erin Quinn (Saoirse-Monica Jackson). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Sixteen-year-old Erin has grand ambitions to become a famous writer and has serious ideas above her station. She considers herself to be very liberal and worldly; in reality she's quite easily shocked and has never ventured further than Buncrana (a popular holiday destination).

Her family drive her mad, her friends are an embarrassment, and the boy she likes doesn't even know she exists. She's constantly trying to elevate her social status without much success.

Michelle Mallon

Derry Girls. Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Sweary and unashamedly offensive with a filthy sense of humour, man-hungry Michelle loves a good time. Her big mouth often lands her and the others in trouble.

Clare Devlin

Played by: Nicola Coughlan
Derry Girls. Clare Devlin (Nicola Coughlan). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Clare is clever, ambitious and, when faced with an authority figure, an enthusiastic grass. Nothing is more important to her than academic achievement, and she would probably sell her granny for a better grade. Her friends are a constant source of frustration.

Orla McCool

Played by: Louisa Harland
Derry Girls. Orla McCool (Louisa Harland). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Erin's cousin Orla lives next door with her mother Sarah. Whimsical and unpredictable Orla dances to her own tune, and thinks nothing of reading her cousin's diary or borrowing her knickers.

With an unflinchingly positive and optimistic view of life, she's very comfortable in her own skin and confident with her (often quite insane) opinions.

James Maguire

Played by: Dylan Llewellyn
Derry Girls. James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Michelle's cousin James, "The English Fella", has just moved to Derry and is the ultimate outsider. Poor James is completely out of his depth and struggling to understand his new world.

Amid concerns that his English accent may cause trouble for him at the boys' school, he is forced to attend the all-girl Our Lady Immaculate College. But he quickly discovers the boys' school would have been a much easier ride.

Ma Mary

Derry Girls. Ma Mary (Tara Lynne O'Neill). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Mary, Erin's mother, is the uncompromising but caring matriarch of the Quinn/McCool clan. She is the hard-working heart of the family, strict - but not always fair.

Da Gerry

Played by: Tommy Tiernan
Derry Girls. Da Gerry (Tommy Tiernan). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Gerry is Erin's long-suffering father. Outnumbered and outmanoeuvred by the women in his life, Gerry often feels like he's playing catch up.

Gerry longs for a quiet life and avoids confrontation. Unfortunately he happens to live with a man who seems to resent his very existence - his father-in-law, Joe.

Granda Joe

AKA: Joe McCool.  Played by: Ian McElhinney
Derry Girls. Granda Joe (Ian McElhinney). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

The fearsome Granda Joe doesn't scare easily and is a very well respected man in his community. His love for his daughters and granddaughters is surpassed only by his contempt for his son in law.

Aunt Sarah

AKA: Sarah McCool.  Played by: Kathy Kiera Clarke
Derry Girls. Aunt Sarah (Kathy Kiera Clarke). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Sarah McCool is Orla's ditzy mother - though her sister and next door neighbour, Mary, does most of the difficult parenting work. She has a laid back attitude to everything except her own appearance.

Sister Michael

Derry Girls. Sister Michael (Siobhán McSweeney). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

The eternally unimpressed headmistress of Our Lady Immaculate College, Sister Michael is the ultimate authority figure as far as the gang are concerned. Tough, terrifying and always two steps ahead of everyone.