Normal People star Daisy Edgar-Jones has paid tribute to her co-star Paul Mescal, describing him as "a friend for life".

The British star is the subject of an in-depth interview for the new issue of Porter magazine, telling journalist Katie Berrington that she feels "very lucky" to have met the Kildare man.

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"He's a wonderful, wonderful person and a very giving actor," she continues. "He'll be a friend for life."

Edgar-Jones says making the intense relationship drama was made easier by the rapport she and Mescal also enjoy off-camera.

"[We would] get sort of hysterical, usually around five o'clock," she recalls. "Whenever we were doing anything too deep or emotional, we could always have a giggle afterwards."

"I feel very lucky to have met Paul through this process"

She also admits that she did not expect the adaptation of Sally Rooney's novel to become a TV phenomenon.

"I'm such a cynic that I thought no one would see it!" she laughs. 

"Everyone was at the top of their game. It felt like a brilliant team behind it, but Lenny [Abrahamson, one of the directors of Normal People] was saying before, 'Even if you have the best people and you really make something brilliant, you can give it to the world and no one really cares'. So I guess I hoped that my friends and family would like it, but I never really thought beyond that."

Edgar-Jones, Mescal and Abrahamson will be back on screens as part of the line-up for RTÉ Does Comic Relief. The charity fundraiser airs on RTÉ One on Friday, June 26 from 8:00pm.

Watch Normal People on the RTÉ Player.

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