Derry Girls is set to feature Ardal O’Hanlon in its highly-anticipated second season which begins airing in March in Northern Ireland.
Radio Times reports that O’Hanlon, who played Father Dougal on the iconic Irish comedy ‘Father Ted,’ will not be playing a priest in his upcoming guest role.
Channel 4, who produces Derry Girls in Northern Ireland, said in a statement that O’Hanlon will be playing “Eamonn, the awkward, middle-aged mummy’s boy of the Quinn/McCool extended family.”
Check out some of Ardal O'Hanlon's funniest moments as Father Dougal here:
Speaking with Radio Times, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, who plays Erin on the hit show, said: “Ardal O’Hanlon joins our family this year, which is brilliant.”
Nicola Coughlan, who plays Clare, said the character of Eamonn is “a real Irish stereotype.”
“I think it’s something that everybody will recognize, and he completely gets it so on the money,” said Coughlan.
“It was really surreal, just looking at him, because he’s such an iconic figure in Ireland, and he’s such a lovely man. He’s so good in it.”
Coughlan said on Twitter that she’s “buzzing” about the news:
Coughlan added; “There’s a scene where it gets quite physical, and [writer and creator] Lisa [McGee] came over. She was like, ‘Don’t bully Ardal’. And we were like, ‘We’re not bullying him, he’s like a national treasure!’ ‘Cause we had to like go for it in the scene.”
Last summer, Lisa McGee, the creator of Derry Girls, said: "I absolutely love Ardal O'Hanlon. I love him, and we've worked with him before. He just has that real unique thing that you just love watching him. He's funny and you like him, he has that likability.”
While no official release date for the second season of Derry Girls has been announced, it is due to be coming sometime in March. No news yet as to when it will hit Netflix for international fans to stream.
Check out the trailer for Derry Girls season 2 here:
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