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Saoirse-Monica, from sales girl to 'Derry Girls'

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Saoirse-Monica Jackson.  (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Saoirse-Monica Jackson. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)

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Saoirse-Monica Jackson. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)

When Saoirse-Monica Jackson was a little girl growing up in Derry, her favourite movie was Educating Rita.

In the past couple of years, her life has taken on the Cinderella-like arc of Julie Walters' character. She has moved from unemployment and an uncertain future to become one of the stars of Derry Girls, an Irish comedy phenomenon that has taken the world by storm and has just made its debut on RTE.

Saoirse-Monica's expressions of confusion and horror steal the show and it is hard to imagine anyone else playing Erin Quinn. Even without the benefit of a script, she is effortlessly funny. She tells me she will emerge from lockdown in London "looking like a bird's nest, I think it's safe to say".