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Theatre guide apologises over review that mentioned Derry Girls actress's weight

Nicola Coughlan told the British Theatre Guide that the writer was not welcome to review any of her performances again.

e9mxyMhb_400x400 Nicola Coughlan Source: Twitter/Nicola Coughlan

A BRITISH THEATRE review site has apologised to Derry Girls actress Nicola Coughlan for offending her with a review that mentioned her weight.

Coughlan drew the British Theatre Guide’s attention to a review of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie written by Philip Fisher, where he described her character as an “overweight little girl”. She said that in a previous review of a show she starred in, he called her character a “fat girl”.

Explained the actress:

My weight has no relevance to either the performance I gave in that or in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Coughlan said she was disappointed that the British Theatre Guide let Fisher review the play she starred in, and that:

Let me state this clearly, he is not welcome to review any show I am in from now till forever. And I plan to be in a lot of damn shows.

In response, the British Theatre Guide apologised and said that while Fisher may not have intended to offend, “he accepts it is not acceptable to use such descriptions in a review and not BTG policy”:

Channel 4 show Derry Girls was the most-watched TV series ever in Northern Ireland, drawing in an average of 2.5 million viewers across the first series. It was created by Lisa McGee, who is currently working on a second series.

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