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'It's a weird thing to say, but I think she's the sexiest character I've ever played' - Derry Girls star Siobhán McSweeney on playing Sister Michael

History, nationality, identity, womanhood... nuns. Siobhán McSweeney captured our hearts as Sister Michael on Derry Girls but she tells Caroline O'Donoghue, given our island's weighty past, she didn't don the habit lightly

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In the habit: Siobhan McSweeney. Photo by Kristina Sälgvik

In the habit: Siobhan McSweeney. Photo by Kristina Sälgvik

Siobhan McSweeney Photo by Kristina Sälgvik

Siobhan McSweeney Photo by Kristina Sälgvik

Sister act: Siobhan McSweeney as Sister Michael in cult hit Derry Girls

Sister act: Siobhan McSweeney as Sister Michael in cult hit Derry Girls

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In the habit: Siobhan McSweeney. Photo by Kristina Sälgvik

If you only know Siobhán McSweeney from her role as Sister Michael on the smash hit Derry Girls, you might think that her natural home is the cool, curmudgeonly demeanour of her most famous character.

In life, however, there's nothing sardonic about her. There's a fierce, dazzling charisma that makes her an almost athletic conversationalist, someone who can bounce from big issues to big laughs without missing a beat. Aside from being an accomplished actress, Siobhán is that rare thing that Ireland is so good at producing and yet bad at rewarding: a great talker.

"It's a weird thing to say, but I think she's the sexiest character I've ever played," she says of Sister Michael. "She's so confident, which is always sexy. She always has her shoulders back, her belly out. There isn't a zip in that costume, it's all elasticated and loose and lovely. She's just delighted with herself."