Dylan Llewellyn learned a lot about Northern Ireland while starring in the show (Picture: channel 4)

Dylan Llewellyn has admitted he only learned what the Good Friday Agreement was after getting his role in Derry Girls

The actor, 29, plays James Maguire in Derry Girls, known as the ‘wee English fella’ by the girls, after coming to Derry to stay with his cousin, Michelle. 

The series centres around a group of teenagers growing up in Northern Ireland during The Troubles in the late 90s, with the final episode of the third and final series focusing on the referendum to vote in whether the Good Friday Agreement would pass. 

The Good Friday Agreement was a major development in the Northern Ireland peace process, consisting of a pair of agreements signed in April 1998, ending most of the violence of The Troubles, a political conflict in Northern Ireland which began in the late 1960s.

Dylan revealed that he only learned about what the agreement entailed while filming for the show, similarly to many other English viewers, telling GQ: ‘Yeah, same as everyone else, really. 

‘They just don’t really teach it and English schools and other schools in the UK that is, it’s just not really taught. 

Derry Girls has come to a close after three series (Picture: CHANNEL FOUR/Adam Lawrence)

‘Which I find crazy, really, because it’s such an important part of history. And it’s just the Irish stories not being told. And yeah, so I learned through Derry Girls, through the cast and crew there and through my Irish friends.’

The hugely popular Derry Girls has recently finished its third and final series, which was filmed at the end of last year. 

It featured cameos from Liam Neeson and Chelsea Clinton, which were a closely-guarded secret until the episodes aired. 

Discussing what acting with Hollywood star Liam was like, Dylan gushed: ‘[It was] so surreal. It was like, this is a Hollywood actor! I couldn’t believe it. 

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‘He made us all feel so like welcome, even though we should have been the ones making him feel welcome. He was just so lovely.’

The full interview with Dylan Llewellyn is available on GQ-magazine.co.uk now. 

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