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Critics, judge me for my work in Derry Girls and on the stage, not on my body | Nicola Coughlan | Opinion | The Guardian

Nicola Coughlan and Lia Williams in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Donmar Warehouse. Photograph: Manuel Harlan

Nicola Coughlan and Lia Williams in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Donmar Warehouse. Photograph: Manuel Harlan

As an actor, your body is a gift. I can use mine to play neurotic Clare Devlin in Channel 4’s Derry Girls, or a tough-edged courtesan in 18th-century London in Harlots, or the tragic, misunderstood Joyce Emily Hammond, who I’m currently playing every night at the Donmar. I’m very lucky to get to use my body to become all these fascinating women. But the prism through which my body is viewed is inescapable.

I remember watching an episode of 30 Rock while I was at drama school. One of the characters had gained weight over the…

via Critics, judge me for my work in Derry Girls and on the stage, not on my body | Nicola Coughlan | Opinion | The Guardian

8 comments on “Critics, judge me for my work in Derry Girls and on the stage, not on my body | Nicola Coughlan | Opinion | The Guardian

  1. Reblogged this on Ace News Desk.

  2. ksbeth

    must be very challenging to deal with this on many levels –

  3. beetleypete

    Well done to her for speaking out, and so right too. I have seen her in ‘Harlots’, and didn’t even think about her size. The critics need to do as she says, and concentrate on her acting, not her figure.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  4. K. D. Dowdall

    The idea of beauty changes each century in western civilization, and then becomes the ideal. The famous artist Rubin from centuries past, would think her proportions ideal. She is obviously is a versatile actress and good at it. That is what matters, and how boring to have all skinny actresses, that would not be reality. Acting should represent life as we know it or the past as it was. Not a temporary ideal. Thank you for sharing.

  5. First Night Design

    Pleasure. Sorry I haven’t been around much but have been trying to reduce the networking so it doesn’t take over my life!

  6. Sadly this happens much too often, especially in the present where anyone with a keyboard and an opinion can mouth off. Of course, I expect that most critics, both the legitimate ones and the internet trolls, probably aren’t much to look at, and would be horrified if someone started criticizing *their* appearances or weight.

  7. akucbol

    I’m very happy she was able to express herself and gather a lot of support. Bravo to her for standing up for herself and using her platform to bring awareness to this issue. It’s a long battle.

  8. First Night Design

    I couldn’t agree more. There are so many issues when it comes to our business and more of us need to stand up and be counted. Thanks for visiting.

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