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'It's Liam Neeson!' Derry Girls fans go wild as Hollywood A-lister makes a cameo appearance

'It's Liam Neeson!' Derry Girls fans go wild as Hollywood A-lister makes a cameo appearance

Fans of Derry Girls went wild after Hollywood A-lister Liam Neeson made a cameo appearance on last night’s episode.

The 69-year-old actor played Chief Constable Byers, a local police officer who questioned Northern Ireland school friends Erin, Orla, Clare, Michelle and James after being caught on the school grounds after hours.

Viewers were gasped in shock as Neeson slowly emerged from the shadows of the police station, with one tweet: ‘Liam Neeson’s cameo in #DerryGirls was the best surprise ever! Absolutely love this show.”

A special guest star from Derry!  Derry Girls fans went wild after Hollywood A-lister Liam Neeson made a cameo appearance on last night's episode, pictured

A special guest star from Derry! Derry Girls fans went wild after Hollywood A-lister Liam Neeson made a cameo appearance on last night’s episode, pictured

'It's Liam Neeson!' Derry Girls fans go wild as Hollywood A-lister makes a cameo appearance

A-list talent: Viewers were open-mouthed in shock as Neeson slowly emerged from the shadows of the police station and took to Twitter to share their joy

A-list talent: Viewers were open-mouthed in shock as Neeson slowly emerged from the shadows of the police station and took to Twitter to share their joy

Another posted: ‘Everyone is yelling ‘OMG, it’s Liam Neeson’ on the telly.’

A third added: “Everyone gasped when Liam Neeson hit the screen #DerryGirls.”

Neeson said he was “delighted” to have “a small part” on the show. “I’m a huge fan of the series, the talented Lisa McGee’s incredible writing style and the great cast of the ensemble,” he said.

“It’s such a unique and special show with a genuine heart and great to see the lives of ordinary, funny people living in Northern Ireland during The Troubles in a Channel 4 comedy. It was lovely to film there again and have fun with them.’

The comedy about a group of Catholic school friends returned last night for its third and final series and was met with rave five-star reviews from critics, including MailOnline’s Christopher Stevens, who said it was “amazing.”

Fans were equally effusive, with one tweet: “#DerryGirls really is the best thing that’s been on telly in a long time, isn’t it. I spent the episode absolutely making myself laugh despite being alone in the room watching it. Brilliant.’

Spotlight: Neeson played Chief Constable Byers, a local police officer who questioned Northern Ireland school friends (left to right) Orla, Clare, Erin, Michelle and James after being caught on school grounds after hours

Spotlight: Neeson played Chief Constable Byers, a local police officer who questioned Northern Ireland school friends (left to right) Orla, Clare, Erin, Michelle and James after being caught on school grounds after hours

'It's Liam Neeson!' Derry Girls fans go wild as Hollywood A-lister makes a cameo appearance

'It's Liam Neeson!' Derry Girls fans go wild as Hollywood A-lister makes a cameo appearance

'It's Liam Neeson!' Derry Girls fans go wild as Hollywood A-lister makes a cameo appearance

'It's Liam Neeson!' Derry Girls fans go wild as Hollywood A-lister makes a cameo appearance

Another wrote: ‘That episode of #DerryGirls was definitely one of the best in the entire series.’

The show opened with Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), her cousin Orla (Louisa Harland) and friends Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), and Michelle’s cousin James (Dylan Llewellyn) reflecting on life at the eve of their GCSE results.

They ran into Sister Michael (Siobhan McSweeney), their immediate headmistress, who told them she’d already seen their results and “to enjoy the time they have left.”

The comment left the friends confused as they wondered whether they would be placed under house arrest, thrown out of school, or run away from home.

Fighting fire with fire: The group brought in their Uncle Colm (Kevin McAleer) when officers asked to call a parent.  Colm talked the police into submission

Fighting fire with fire: The group brought in their Uncle Colm (Kevin McAleer) when officers asked to call a parent. Colm talked the police into submission

“Let’s just wait until tomorrow and see what we’re dealing with,” James insisted.

“Or we can see what we’re dealing with tonight,” said Michelle.

The gang broke into the school and unknowingly helped two thieves steal computers before they were cornered by the police and taken to the local office.

There to interrogate them was Chief Constable Byers (Neeson) who asked why the school friends were on the school grounds in a hilarious exchange, before inviting their Uncle Colm (Kevin McAleer) to talk to the police.

Results Day: The episode ends with the group going to school to collect their GCSE results

Results Day: The episode ends with the group going to school to collect their GCSE results

Finally, after being persuaded into submission by Colm, Byers and his colleagues had a breakthrough and fired the group.

“For the love of the suffering of Jesus, take him,” he said, in a phrase that proved a hit with viewers.

The next day the group arrived at school to collect their GCSE results and everyone heard they passed.

“I didn’t say you failed,” Sister Michael said, smiling at their surprise. “I suggested you’d failed.”

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