Catastrophe stars Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan pay tribute to Carrie Fisher

Writers and stars of hit comedy say they were "honoured" to work with the Star Wars legend who will enjoy a "chunkier" role in series three

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Carrie Fisher’s co-stars in the hit Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe paid tribute to the Star Wars legend last night.

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At a screening of the first episode of series three, Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney revealed that the late star’s character, Rob’s mum Mia, will return in an emotional final episode of the forthcoming series which will begin airing on Channel 4 on 28th February.

The pair explained how they approached the star to play the role of Rob’s ghastly Mum, after being dazzled by her brilliant speech when they watched her give a lifetime achievement award to Graham Norton at an awards ceremony for Attitude magazine.

“Luckily she was in the market for playing Rob’s awful mother,” said Horgan. “We didn’t have her for very long in the first series and the second series. She flew in and did her bit over a day or two and, of course, we wanted to get to know her better.

“We idolised her but just didn’t really have a chance to, and then in series three we wrote this bigger, chunkier part for her in episode six and got to spend time with her,” added Horgan.

“She was part of the gang and we really feel very privileged and honoured. She was funny all the time and incredibly witty company and loved saying a**holey things to everyone but also was just a kind, lovely, supportive person.”

Channel 4’s head of comedy Phil Clark added, “She appears in some emotionally powerful scenes and we hope you will agree that it is a fitting tribute to her.”

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Catastrophe series 3 will start on Channel 4 on Tuesday 28 February at 10pm