Theatre critic says Nicola Coughlan is ‘an overweight little girl’

Theatre critic under fire for describing Derry Girls actress Nicola Coughlan, 31, as ‘an overweight little girl’

  • Actor Nicola Coughlan plays Clare in hit Channel 4 comedy series Derry Girls
  • Coughlan is currently appearing in West End show The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  • She posted a section of a review which described her as ‘the kind of overweight little girl who will always become the butt of her fellows’ immature humour’

Nicola Coughlan (pictured) warned Philip Fisher that he is no longer welcome to review her performances

A theatre critic has come under fire after describing an actress as an ‘overweight little girl’.

Nicola Coughlan, who plays Clare in hit Channel 4 comedy series Derry Girls, is currently appearing in West End show The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

The play at London’s Donmar Warehouse has received generally positive reviews. But on Thursday Miss Coughlan, 31, took to Twitter to draw attention to a review by Philip Fisher for the British Theatre Guide.

She posted a section of the review which described her, in character, as ‘the kind of overweight little girl who will always become the butt of her fellows’ immature humour’. The actress said this was the second time Mr Fisher had written about her and ‘as part of reviewing the show he has also reviewed my body’.

She added: ‘I know you are a theatre reviewer and your body has no relevance to your job but maybe you’d like me to cruelly review it for you and post it online.’ 

Last year Mr Fisher reviewed Miss Coughlan in the play Jess and Joe Forever at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.

He wrote: ‘Jess [Miss Coughlan’s character] is a fat girl.’ The comments appear to have been removed from the BTG website.

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Miss Coughlan has warned Mr Fisher that he is no longer welcome to review her performances.

Many actors tweeted their support. Susan Wokoma, star of Channel 4’s Chewing Gum, said: ‘This has happened to me before, it’s really unnerving. Sharing solidarity – we must call reviewers out on this!’

The BTG said: ‘Nicola, we apologise unreservedly for the offence caused by the wording of this review.’ It added that it had removed the ‘offending words’. 

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