Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan has said that the long awaited third season of the hit show will begin filming this year.

Coughlan, who plays Clare Devlin on the comedy, confirmed that filming will commence soon, after production was pushed back several times by COVID-19.

In a series of tweets, 34-year-old Galway actress Coughlan, who also stars as Penelope Featherington in breakout hit Bridgerton, said that "the storylines in this series are the best we've ever done", adding that it will be "worth the wait".

The second season of the show, which is set in Derry in the 1990s, ended in April 2019, and was recommissioned almost immediately after it had aired.

Production of the Channel Four show was due to begin in the spring of last year, however pandemic restrictions meant a change of plans.

The final episode of the second season saw the visit of former US President Bill Clinton and his famous speech in Guildhall Square in November 1995, and the possible return of James (played by Dylan Llewellyn) to London.