Golden Globe winning comedy Girls is set to return for a third series.

Lena Dunham, who created and stars in the comedy, confirmed plans for a third series of the popular show and admitted she would love to extend its run from 10 episodes to 12.

Speaking on Alec Baldwin's podcast, the 26-year-old actress said: ''We're starting season three at the end of March. I'm so excited.

''I would love that [to have 12 episodes instead of 10] I think that a little more would be just a little more storytelling real estate, and it would be amazing. But you know, so I shoot four-and-a-half months out of the year, then I'm editing, then I'm doing press, then I'm writing, then I'm back.''

Girls opened its second season to 866,000 viewers in the US, down slightly from its series premiere last year.