Saoirse-Monica Jackson

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Saoirse-Monica Jackson
Born (1993-11-24) November 24, 1993 (age 26)
Known forDerry Girls

Saoirse-Monica Jackson (born 24 November 1993) is an Irish actress, known for portraying the role of Erin Quinn on the Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Born in Derry, Jackson split her time growing up in both Derry and Greencastle, County Donegal where her parents ran a village pub.[5][6] After obtaining GCSEs and A-Levels at St Cecilia's College in Derry,[7] she trained in acting at the Arden School of Theatre in Manchester.[8]


Jackson's television debut came in 2016 when she landed the role of Sasha in Harlan Coben's The Five, appearing in four episodes.[9] In 2016, she also played Curley's wife in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre tour of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.[10] She appeared briefly in the final episode of 2017 BBC One drama series Broken.[11] In 2018, she portrayed Shena Carney in a West End production of The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre.[4]

Jackson made her debut as lead character Erin Quinn in Derry Girls in the show's first episode, airing on Channel 4 on 4 January 2018.[12] Her performance was well received and, in turn, saw her nominated for the IFTA Gala Television Award for Best Female Performance.[13] She returned for the second series of Derry Girls on 5 March 2019.[14]

She appeared in an episode of The Great British Bake Off: Festive Specials.[15]


  1. ^ "Derry Girls cast in real life: See Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan & Jamie-Lee O'Donnell out of character". HELLO!. 26 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Derry Girls: Series 1" – via
  3. ^ "Derry Girls: Series 2" – via
  4. ^ a b Williams, Holly (17 March 2019). "Derry Girl Saoirse-Monica Jackson: 'Yes, we have a harsh sense of humour'". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Greencastle girl Saoirse Monica Jackson".
  6. ^ Arboine, Niellah (12 March 2019). "Who Is Saoirse-Monica Jackson? The 'Derry Girls' Lead Actress Captures Cringey Teenage Angst SO Perfectly". Bustle.
  7. ^ "Donegal teacher's pride as her 'Derry Girls' shine". 18 January 2018.
  8. ^ Moran, Hannah (20 January 2018). "Here is everything you need to know about the Derry Girls cast".
  9. ^ "Saoirse-Monica Jackson". IMDb.
  10. ^ "Of Mice and Men ~ Birmingham Repertory Theatre". 12 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Broken" – via
  12. ^ "Episode #1.1" – via
  13. ^ "IFTA Gala TV Awards Nominees 2018".
  14. ^ "When is Derry Girls series 2 on TV?". Radio Times.
  15. ^ "The Great Festive Bake Off line-up: the Derry Girls cast members appearing on the show, and what time it's on Channel 4". i. 1 January 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2020.

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