The star of TV’s Derry Girls has criticised at a theatre reviewer for calling her “an overweight little girl”.
Thousands of social media users and actors have come out in support of Nicola Coughlan after Philip Fisher commented on her body in his review of The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, in which she is currently starring at London’s Donmar Warehouse.
The 30-year-old Irish actress, who plays Clare in TV series Derry Girls, also pointed out that this is the second time Mr Fisher has commented on her weight in a review for the British Theatre Guide.
In a review last August of Jess And Joe Forever, in which she played Jess, Coughlan claimed that he started the review with “Jess is a fat girl”.
She tweeted: “My weight has no relevance to either the performance I gave in that or in The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie.”
I’m shocked you got this. Excellent work on calling it out. Don’t think I’ve *ever* seen a Theatre review mentioning a man’s body in this way. xxx
— Sally Abbott (@SallyAbbott3) June 15, 2018
Coughlan questioned how the publication could continue to support his fat-shaming, and said Mr Fisher is “not welcome to review any show I am in from now till forever. And I plan to be in a lot of damn shows”.
She also asked Mr Fisher if she could “cruelly review” his body and post it online.
The British Theatre Guide has apologised to Coughlan, saying the “offending words have been removed”.
“While the reviewer may not have intended to offend, he accepts that it is not acceptable to use such descriptions in a review and not BTG policy,” it said.
You’re incredible in this production. Ace response to that reviewer!
— Ben SantaMaria (@bensantamaria) June 16, 2018
Coughlan called it “a bit of a tepid apology” but said she will accept it if they “never review another woman’s body again”.
She said Mr Fisher has offered to apologise to her directly but she declined.
Thousands of people have supported Coughlan in publicly calling out Mr Fisher.
However, parliamentary sketch writer and theatre reviewer Quentin Letts agreed with him, saying Mr Fisher made “perfectly reasonable comments about the weight of a character in Miss Jean Brodie”.
Referring to the anti-sexual harassment movement set up by Hollywood stars, the actress replied with: “Oh Quentin, just you try me pal. #TimesUp.”