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'We have a lot of catching up to do' - Saoirse-Monica Jackson on using her platform for activism in Northern Ireland

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Saoirse-Monica Jackson for VIP Magazine. Picture: Emily Quinn/VIP Magazine

Saoirse-Monica Jackson for VIP Magazine. Picture: Emily Quinn/VIP Magazine

Jamie Lee O'Donnell, Saoirse Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan on The Ray Darcy Show

Jamie Lee O'Donnell, Saoirse Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan on The Ray Darcy Show

Nicola Coughlan (L) and Saoirse-Monica Jackson attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Nicola Coughlan (L) and Saoirse-Monica Jackson attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Derry Girls’ Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell

Derry Girls’ Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell

Saoirse-Monica Jackson arrives at the Omniplex Cinema in Londonderry for the Derry Girls premiere ahead of the broadcast of the second series on Channel 4. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Saoirse-Monica Jackson arrives at the Omniplex Cinema in Londonderry for the Derry Girls premiere ahead of the broadcast of the second series on Channel 4. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Saoirse-Monica Jackson attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Saoirse-Monica Jackson attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Actress Saoirse-Monica Jackson at the premiere of Derry Girls’ second series (Niall Carson/PA)

Actress Saoirse-Monica Jackson at the premiere of Derry Girls’ second series (Niall Carson/PA)

Saoirse Monica Jackson at the IFTA Awards 2018

Saoirse Monica Jackson at the IFTA Awards 2018

Saoirse Monica Jackson at the VIP Style Awards 2019

Saoirse Monica Jackson at the VIP Style Awards 2019

Saoirse-Monica Jackson and her mother Ruth for VIP Magazine. Picture: Emily Quinn/VIP Magazine

Saoirse-Monica Jackson and her mother Ruth for VIP Magazine. Picture: Emily Quinn/VIP Magazine

Ruth Jackson (mother), Saoirse Monica Jackson at the VIP Style Awards 2019

Ruth Jackson (mother), Saoirse Monica Jackson at the VIP Style Awards 2019

Nicola Coughlan (L) and Saoirse-Monica Jackson attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Nicola Coughlan (L) and Saoirse-Monica Jackson attend the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Saoirse-Monica Jackson (24)

Saoirse-Monica Jackson (24)

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Saoirse-Monica Jackson for VIP Magazine. Picture: Emily Quinn/VIP Magazine

Derry Girls star Saoirse-Monica Jackson said she remains committed in promoting causes close to her heart with her new, increasingly high profile.

The 25-year-old plays Erin Quinn on the hit Channel 4 show, which takes place in 1990s during the Troubles and a recent addition of the programme to American Netflix has seen the show's audience grow exponentially. With that newfound fame, Jackson is putting her profile to good use and and she and castmates like Nicola Coughlan and Siobhán McSweeney are particularly active on on social media and in interviews highlighting issues in Northern Ireland like legalised abortion and same sex marriage.


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