Daisy May Cooper — things you didn't know about the TV star

Daisy May Cooper
Daisy May Cooper is an award-winning comedy actress.

Daisy May Cooper is a BAFTA award-winning actress and writer best known for her role as Kerry Mucklowe in the BBC Three series This Country, which she co-created and co-wrote with her brother, Charlie Cooper. 

She was recently seen in the BBC sitcom The Witchfinder and is also a much-loved armchair critic on Celebrity Gogglebox where she has appeared alongside her dad, Paul.

Now, with Daisy May's brand new BBC comedy Am I Being Unreasonable? set to hit our screens and one of her first acting roles being in a popular ITV drama, here's everything you need to know about Daisy May Cooper...

1. She wrote This Country while she worked as a cleaner with her brother

Daisy May wrote the beloved sitcom This Country while she and her brother Charlie worked as cleaners after she struggled to get acting work when finishing drama school.

Originally, the iconic character of Kerry's mum — who Daisy May voiced but was never seen on the show — started out as short comedy sketches on YouTube for the siblings own amusement. They then began writing the scripted comedy after some encouragement from their Dad after the videos got more popular.

She said to The Guardian: "Charlie and I got a cleaning job. It was £100 a month for three hours a night, in an office block in Cirencester. We got the three-hour shift down to 20 minutes. Vacuuming was a lot of effort. Instead, I cast my eye across the floor and picked up the most offending particles by hand. If we were feeling energetic, we emptied the bins.

"At home, our Kerry videos got slowly better. So much so that Dad suggested we write a proper scripted comedy based around the character. Charlie and I cleaned by night and wrote by day. At first, we put together four pages of script. To be clear, we didn’t actually know what a proper script was or how to present it. It didn’t matter. It was more important that we got our ideas down."

This Country

Daisy May and her brother Charlie in This Country. (Image credit: BBC)

2. Her whole family star in This Country

Daisy May is the co-creator and writer of the BBC Three comedy, alongside her brother Charlie. She played Kerry Mucklowe in the series, with her performance winning her the BAFTA.

In fact, the entire Cooper family star in the series. Brother Charlie plays Kerry's cousin Lee "Kurtan" Mucklowe, their dad Paul plays estranged father Martin Mucklowe, and their uncle Trevor plays Len Clifton.

But despite playing cousins in the series, Daisy May and Charlie are actually brother and sister in real life.

Charlie is the younger of the two, age 33, and Daisy May is three years older.

Charlie Cooper and Daisy May Cooper

Siblings Daisy May and Charlie Cooper (Image credit: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

3. Her first role was in Doc Martin

One of Daisy May's first roles was in the hit ITV drama Doc Martin in 2011, where she played the role of a young mum in season 5 who came to see Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes) with her baby, Boris.

4. She got fired from every job she had

Prior to her success from This Country, Daisy May overcame many setbacks in her life, including the fact that she had got fired from every job she had.

She revealed to The Daily Mail: "There was no plan B for me. It was all or nothing. I genuinely think I would be an addict if I hadn’t done this. I’ve been fired from every job I’ve ever had. There’s nothing else I can do."

But it seems to have all worked out with her acting skills which earned her a BAFTA Award.

Daisy May Cooper as accused witch Thomasine Gooch in 'The Witchfinder'.

Daisy May Cooper as accused witch Thomasine Gooch in The Witchfinder. (Image credit: BBC)

5. She studied at RADA

Daisy May studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), one of the most prestigious drama schools in the UK where she received a degree in acting.

Other famous actors who attended RADA include Ralph Fiennes, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hiddleston, Emma Watson and Cynthia Erivo.

Daisy May Cooper's fact file

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about Daisy May Cooper...

How old is Daisy May Cooper?

Daisy May is 36 years old. She was born on 1 August 1986.

Is Daisy May Cooper married?

Daisy May was married to her husband Will Weston. However, they split in 2021.

Does Daisy May Cooper have children?

Daisy May has 2 children, a four year old daughter called Pip and a one year old son named Jack.

Where was Daisy May Cooper born?

Daisy is from Cirencester, a market town in Gloucestershire, England.

How tall is Daisy May Cooper?

Daisy May is 1.75m

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Lucy Buglass
Senior Staff Writer

Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story, Stranger Things and Black Mirror but she is also partial to a quiz show or a bit of Say Yes to the Dress