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Derry Girls star lined up for fall-back career as Oak Leaf GAA half-back

Derry Girls actor Dylan Llewellyn tries a special Derry GAA jersey for size
Marie Louise McConville

IN the unlikely event his acting career doesn't pan out, Derry Girls star Dylan Llewellyn could always try his luck as a Gaelic footballer.

The 26-year-old, who plays "wee English boy" James in the hit Channel 4 comedy, enjoyed an exchange with Derry GAA yesterday before the eagerly-awaited new series was screened.

The Oak Leaf county's Twitter account posted pictures of the actor wearing a special Derry GAA jersey with `Derry Girls' and the number 5 printed on the back.

The accompanying message read: "The 'Wee English Fella' and the #DerryGirls are back tonight. @Channel4, 9.15pm. #OakleafCounty"

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The actor posted a tweet in reply, saying: "Stick me up centre forward lads!"

Derry GAA edited a team line-up to include Derry Girls star Dylan Llewellyn

In response, Derry GAA edited a team sheet to list Llewellyn as half-back in the starting line-up for last week's Division 4 league encounter with Wicklow.

It tweeted: "Hi Dylan, you're listed at left half back (number 5) but you're playing centre forward. Don't tell anyone. Good luck."

A spokesman for Derry GAA told The Irish News last night: "Judging by the reaction on our social media today, there is a huge interest in the new series.

"Added to the fantastic result for Slaughtneil Camogs (in the All-Ireland senior club championship final) on Sunday, it really has been a wonderful few days for Derry Girls."

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