Cork actor reacts to calls for Sister Michael spin-off: 'Would it be her and Frasier in Seattle eye-rolling at each other?'

Sister Michael in a scene from tonight's episode of 'Derry Girls'
By Denise O’Donoghue

Almost two million people watched the opening episode of the second season of 'Derry Girls' last week and people instantly praised Sister Michael's no-nonsense attitude.

In recent weeks, fans of the Channel 4 comedy have been crying out for a spin-off featuring everyone's favourite disgruntled nun.

Cork native Siobhan McSweeney, who plays Sister Michael in the hit series, has responded to calls for the nun to have her own show.

She told Ian Dempsey on TodayFM that she loves playing the character, created by Lisa McGee, despite having no interactions with nuns in her life.

"Like her? I absolutely adore her. I have never played a character like that before. She's the bee's knees," she said.

Everybody seems to have had a Sister Michael in their life. It's weird because I haven't, actually. I've never been taught by a nun, never met a nun knowingly.

Siobhan, who is from Aherla, was surprised by the popularity of Sister Michael and the increasing calls for her to get her own show.

"Would you [watch a spin-off]? Get on to Lisa [McGee] about that because I'm quite busy at the moment," she joked.

"I don't see [a spin-off]. I think every character exists so fully and truly in that particular environment."

She compared a possible series to 'Frasier', a spin-off of 'Cheers'.

"Where would you travel to? Would it be her and Frasier in Seattle eye-rolling at each other? I think she's very much a character of her situation [in Derry]."

Viewers enjoyed her reaction to the young, trendy priest, Father Peter, in last week's episode. Siobhan said much of their on-screen relations stems from their real-life friendship.

"I know Peter [Campion] for years and that's very much our real-life dynamic. He has to put up with me eye-rolling at him for quite a long time now."

Siobhan said the cast often find it hard to stay in character.

There are quite a few outtakes for all of us. Everybody just struggles to keep a straight face during this, it's a real difficulty.

She described tonight's episode as "our homage to 'Dead Poets Society'".

"We have the wonderful Judith Roddy arriving as Miss DeBrún, as a substitute teacher in the school and all the larks unfold after that. Tune in and watch, it's absolutely wonderful."

'Derry Girls' airs tonight at 9.15pm on Channel 4.

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