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Derry Girls star shares Taytos-inspired American Beauty parody

Nicola Coughlan recreated an iconic scene from the movie – with a load of crisps

Published: Wednesday, 27th March 2019 at 11:01 am

You know that famous shot in American Beauty where Mena Suvari’s character Angela is seen languishing in a bath of rose petals? Wouldn't it be better if it was a bath of Tayto crisps?


Yes, says Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan, a self-confessed superfan of the Irish crisp brand...

After the wedding episode of the Channel 4 comedy featured the snack – alongside a contamination faux pas (“Cheese and onion in one bowl, salt and vinegar in the other!”) – the actor who plays Clare Devlin posted a perfect parody of the 1999 film on Twitter.

And it’s not the first time the Derry Girls star has mentioned the crisps. There was the time that she pondered a Taytos chocolate bar…

…then there was the time she regretted not stocking up…

…and even her biggest Brexit concern was Tayto-related...

Fortunately, it’s not just Taytos on her mind. Well, not all the time, anyway. Recently she sat down with to discuss Clare’s coming out storyline, saying she always knew her character was gay.

“For me it was always part of her, because I had known when I got the character briefing,” she said. “I knew Clare was gay, but I didn’t realise the others didn’t know. It was not intentional that I was keeping it from them, but I’d known for six months that Clare was gay, and then the others found out.”


Derry Girls series 2 continues on Tuesday at 9:15pm on Channel 4


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