Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan has been praised after clapping back to a critic of her BAFTAs dress who said it was "not the most flattering".

After a Daily Mirror report criticised the 32-year-old Galway actress's pink midi-dress, a Twitter user commented that the newspaper was "contributing to the persistent degradation of women."

Coughlan responded, writing: "I mean incorrect @DailyMirror I look smokin, sorry bout it."

The actress, who plays Clare Devlin in the hit Channel 4 sitcom, was met with a wave of resounding support on Twitter.

Author Marian Keyes told Coughlan she looked "exquisite" and added she is "wildly jellies of your fabaliss figure".

Actress Bronagh Waugh, who cameoed on the last season of Derry Girls, tweeted that media outlets should not "reduce actresses down to what they wore/how they looked" and "celebrate them for why they are there....that they are nomination for an actual BAFTA."

The Fall star Niamh McGrady said Coughlan looked "absolutely sizzling" and added "thon hallions need their eyes testing."

Coronation Street star Charlie Lawson tweeted: "Don't be listening to any s****! You all look fabulous!"

Comedian and actress Roisin Conaty wrote: "You look like a beautiful Hollywood movie star. And you are a brilliantly talented actress."

Take a look at some more responses to Coughlan's tweet.

Coughlan later took to Twitter to thank people for their responses, writing: "Honestly I’ve had more kind, sweet lovely things said to me on here today I couldn’t even begin to say thank you to all of you but it’s so appreciated and again shows how brilliant people always outnumber the bad ones."

Derry Girls was nominated for the best scripted comedy at the Bafta Television Awards but lost out to Sally4Ever.