Nicola Coughlan: Derry Ladies actress says she seems to be ‘smokin’ after Every day Mirror calls her Baftas costume unflattering


‘I mean incorrect Daily Mirror, I look smokin, sorry bout it’

In brief

  • Daily Mirror featured Nicola Coughlan in its Baftas worst-dressed
  • Actress disagreed and said she looked ‘smokin’

Derry Girls actress Nicola Coughlan has hit out at the Daily Mirror after the newspaper’s website criticised her choice of dress for the Baftas.

Coughlan’s pink outfit was described as “not the most flattering” in an article about the worst-dressed red carpet stars, published on Sunday night.

But the actress, who was at the awards ceremony with her cast mates from the hit sitcom, disagreed with the website’s verdict and tweeted: “I mean incorrect [Daily Mirror] I look smokin, sorry bout it.”


The Mirror’s comments were initially picked up by a Twitter user, who condemned the newspaper for “contributing to the persistent [degradation]of women?”

“You’re vile,” they wrote, alongside a screenshot of the comment.

‘Sorry about it’

Coughlan, who plays Clare in the sitcom, then retweeted the post with her comment. The actress also posted a video from the Baftas, in which she said: “So the Daily Mirror said my dress was unflattering… sorry about it.”

Many people showed their support for Coughlan and complimented her choice of dress.

“You look incredible and the colour is stunning on you,” said one person.

“You do look smoking – gorgeous dress,” said another.

The Mirror‘s worst-dressed article included Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffat. “Usually Scarlett pulls out all the stops to look stylish but her dotty design that left one shoulder bare, was not one of her better efforts,” it read.

Coughlan’s Derry Girls cast mate, Louisa Harland, also featured in the article, which commented on her black dress as “a picture of Victorian austerity… that brought a sombre tone”.

Best Scripted Comedy

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Derry Girls, a comedy centring on the lives of teenagers in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, was nominated for Best Scripted Comedy at the Baftas on Sunday night.

The Channel 4 programme was up against Stath Lets Flats, BBC2’s Mum and Sky Atlantic’s Sally4Ever, which won the award.

Acknowledging the loss, Coughlan tweeted: “We didn’t win a [Bafta] but we did look like a pack of rides.”

Earlier Coughlan was asked on the red carpet what they would say if they won the award.

“We’re going to streak across the stage, I think it’s been agreed,” she said.

Mirror online declined to comment.


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