Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan has said the storylines for the next series of the show are "so brilliant" and she can't wait to begin filming. 

The Galway actress, who plays Clare on the Channel 4 comedy, said writer Lisa McGee has done an "incredible" job with the next set of scripts but they can’t begin filming until lockdown is over. 

"We're still waiting, because it's integral to the show that we film in Derry," she told the Belfast Telegraph. 

"And we can't do anything involving a crowd right now, so logistically, it's really tough. But I spoke to Lisa McGee recently and she talked me through the storylines. 

"They're so brilliant, which doesn't surprise me - she's just incredible - but it made me want to do it right now. 

"But we also want to do the best version of the show we can. 

"By hell or high water, we all want to make it work - if they said we could go tomorrow, trust me, we would all be there." 

Coughlan also spoke about how she feels the show is educating viewers about the peace process.

"I remember really distinctly the Good Friday Agreement being signed and thinking, is it over? The constant reports of shootings, bombings - is that going to be finished? 

"It's been funny with Derry Girls and people saying they didn't know all that happened," she explained. 

"That's a huge gap in people's knowledge - Ireland is Britain's next-door neighbour. 

"We're its closest trading partner. We're so inextricably linked. Next door neighbours should know what's going on." 

Coughlan can currently be seen in Netflix's hit period drama Bridgerton.