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Derry Girls star named best comedy actress

Derry Girls star Saoirse-Monica Jackson admitted she was ‘lost for words’ after winning the Best Female Comedy Performance at the Royal Television Society Awards.

The 26-year-old actress plays Erin Quinn in the hit series, a teenager with big dreams that are usually scuppered by the antics of her friends or her uncertain surroundings.

Derry Girls was up for a string of awards including best scripted comedy.

Erin Quinn

The ceremony took place in London behind closed doors due to the restrictions of social gatherings because of the coronavirus outbreak.

However, the lack of an audience didn’t take any of the shine of the awards, and Jackson was overwhelmed to be named the best female comedy performance.

She took to Twitter to express her feelings, posting: “Sweet Jesus , I’m lost for words. Drinking black velvet in isolation. Feel so lucky to be part of such a cracker show.”

The Royal Television Society was full of praise for Jackson, describing her role as “a truly standout performance in a brilliantly funny series”.

Here are some of Erin’s best bits from the show.

Derry Girls was beaten to the Best Scripted Comedy award by Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag.

The Young Offenders boys Alex Murphy and Chris Walley and were also nominated for Best Comedy Performance but were beaten to the prize by Ncuti Gatwa in Sex Education.

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