Derry Girls season 3: Release date, cast and everything we know so far

Our favourite Derry teenagers are set to return for one final outing, with star Nicola Coughlan promising the “best” storylines yet. Find out everything we know so far.

By Becky Gamester-Newton Published: 2 November 2021 - 3.24pm
Channel 4 The cast of Derry Girls on a sofa

Derry Girls is the ultimate comedy for children of the 90s.

With its razor-sharp script, schooldays nostalgia and genius characters, it’s certainly a series to binge.

After the first two seasons were a huge success, find out everything we know so far about season 3.

When is the Derry Girls season 3 release date?

The third season was confirmed in April 2019, but filming has been repeatedly delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A release date for Derry Girls season 3 has yet to be confirmed, but we're hoping that it'll air on Channel 4 in 2022.

Filming for series 3 eventually kicked off in October 2021, with the show's writer Lisa McGee sharing a clapperboard at the start of filming on October 4.

The show's cast members shared some behind-the-scenes selfies from filming on set, dressed in their characters' trademark '90s garbs.

Nicola Coughlan (who plays Clare Devlin) joined the cast and crew for filming in November 2021. The actress had prior filming commitments for the Netflix series Bridgerton, which meant she joined filming late. She confirmed her return in a tweet on November 1.

Who’s in the Derry Girls season 3 cast?

The regular Derry Girls cast of Nicola Coughlan (Clare Devlin), Saoirse-Monica Jackson (Erin Quinn), Louisa Harland (Orla McCool), Jamie-Lee O’Donnell (Michelle Mallon) and Dylan Llewellyn (James Maguire) are all set to return, as well as Siobhan McSweeney as headmistress Sister Michael.

There have also been rumoured guest stars. Jamie Dornan recently told Vulture he would love to be involved in the show and is in touch with the show’s creator, Lisa McGee – but scheduling conflicts have previously made things tricky.

He said: “I know Lisa McGee, who created it, we emailed today about something actually. We’d talked about trying to get me to do something and it just kind of never worked out with locations and when they shoot, and I’m always away. I like the idea of popping up in that show, and I think it’s genius, and it makes me so proud.”

And McGee has also told the Radio Times that Dara Ó Briain would be great in the series after the comedian posted on Twitter how much he loved the show.

“It’s always comedians with me. Dara Ó Briain I love. I don’t know if he does any acting!” she said.

What is the plot for Derry Girls season 3?

The plot is very much under wraps, but it sounds promising. Nicola Coughlan told her Twitter followers that the storylines “are the best we’ve ever done”.

We could also see how the ceasefire affects the gang, and Lisa McGee admitted there may be romance in the air for James and Erin, who appeared jealous of his potential love interest at the end of season two.

“It might be interesting to explore that a bit more, because they’re great together,” McGee told the Radio Times.

She added: “I think the potential is there.

“It’s something I’m interested in seeing – I might toy with it next season, I’m not sure.”

Is there a trailer?

There isn’t a season 3 trailer yet because filming hasn’t finished. In the meantime, you can remind yourself of season 2 here:

Is there a Derry Girls season 4?

Writer Lisa McGee has confirmed that season 3 will be the gang's last outing. She released a full statement on Twitter, saying: "It was always the plan to say goodbye after three series.

"Derry Girls is a coming of age story; following five ridiculous teenagers as they slowly... very slowly... start to become adults, while around them the place they call home starts to change too and Northern Ireland enters a new more hopeful phase - which was a small, magical window of time. It has been an honour to write it and I will forever be proud of everything it's achieved.

"Who knows if Erin, Clare, Orla, Michelle and James will return in some other guise someday, but for now this is it for us."

When is Derry Girls set?

Derry Girls is set in the 90s during The Troubles in Derry, with tributes to the era's fashion and music providing the backdrop.

Where is Derry Girls filmed?

Most of the series was filmed in Derry, with some scenes also shot in Belfast.

Hunterhouse College and New Barnsley Park in Belfast, and Limewood Street in Derry, were among the locations.

Who wrote Derry Girls?

Lisa McGee is the creator and writer of Derry Girls. Most of her previous work was as a playwright, though she has also penned episodes of Being Human and The White Queen on the BBC and teamed up with her husband Tobias Beer to write  psychological thriller The Deceived, which is currently on Netflix.

Where to watch Derry Girls

Derry Girls seasons 1 and 2 are streaming on All 4. Season 1 is also available on Netflix. A release date for season 3 has yet to be confirmed.

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