Daisy Edgar Jones: Who Is Normal People's Leading Lady?

By Amelia Slater

14th July 2020

Daisy Edgar-Jones: Who Is Normal People’s Leading Lady?

If you watched Normal People and didn’t fall in love with both Daisy Edgar Jones and Paul Mescal, then something is seriously wrong.

Playing the role of the complicated, socially-outcast Marianne Sheridan opposite Paul Mescal’s popular yet shy Connell Waldron, Normal People tells the story of a beautifully complicated relationship that encapsulates what it is to be young and in love.

And one thing’s for certain, we have truly fallen head over heels for leading lady Daisy Edgar Jones.

Women everywhere have been cutting their bangs in lockdown and chucking out their current wardrobe. We absolutely cannot blame them for wanting to achieve the total ‘Marianne’ look.

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Who Is Daisy Edgar- Jones?

Daisy Edgar Jones is an English actress who first rose to prominence playing the role of Olivia Marsden in ITV’s Cold Feet alongside James Nesbitt.

Aged 5 – She Began Performing In School Plays

Daisy Edgar-Jones first began acting in school plays at the age of 5. The daughter of Phillip Edgar-Jones – who works as the director of Sky arts – and Northern Irish mother Wendy – who has worked as a TV drama editor – Daisy was destined for a life in the creative arts.


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Big Brother Host Davina McCall Said That Daisy Would Visit The Big Brother Set With Her Father When She Was A Child

With her famous dad being one of the creators behind Channel 5’s reality series Big Brother, Davina McCall, who used to host the show, said that a young Daisy Edgar-Jones would join her father on set.

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Aged 14 – She Joined The National Youth Theatre

In her teens, Daisy joined the National Youth Theatre in London, where she began to develop her acting talents.


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Aged 16 – She Was Spotted By An Agent

By sixteen years of age, Daisy was signed up to an agent and at that point had started to audition for professional acting roles.


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Helllooo, if you’re in the mood for some dram, Reluctant Fundamentalist is on at the Yard 7th-12th (and other fab plays too) ✨

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Aged 17 – Whilst Studying Her A Levels, She Landed Her First Big Role In ITV Drama Cold Feet

Whilst studying her A Levels at Woodhouse College, a state sixth form college in North London, she got her first big break after being cast as Olivia Marsden in ITV’s Cold Feet.

That same year, she appeared in the Christmas Special episode of Outnumbered and went on to appear in Silent Witness and BBC historical drama Gentleman Jack.

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Daisy Edgar Jones Has Become A Sensation After Bringing Sally Rooney’s Troubled Marianne Sheridan To Life

Sally Rooney‘s best selling novel Normal People was adapted for screen earlier this year by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald, with the original author joining the screenwriting team.

The complicated love story in Normal People – that stars Daisy Edgar Jones and Paul Mescal – has been critically acclaimed for how raw and true to life it is, along with the sizzling chemistry (there are a lot of sex scenes) between the leading actors.


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‘I have imposter syndrome, I pinch myself that I got it’

The star, who is dating Game of Thrones actor Tom Varey, told the Daily Telegraph that she still finds it hard to believe that she managed to land such an iconic role:

‘I have imposter syndrome, I pinch myself that I got it.

‘My friend had auditioned for Marianne as well and my boyfriend helped her tape [a screen test] for it. I thought, that sounds really good. Then when I read the book, I obviously fell ridiculously in love with it. I was reading it thinking I was Marianne, which was even more intense.’

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In addition, she revealed to Elle that she hoped to have done the book ‘justice’:

‘You can never satisfy everyone, but I love the book just as much as the next person. I want to do it justice.’

The BBC series Normal People is currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer, consisting of twelve 30-minute-long episodes that you can’t help but just binge.

It was perfect for lockdown. Yet, it also reminded us of how painfully single we are as Connell cuddles Marianne and we cuddle our pillow…


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Paul Mescal And Daisy Edgar Jones Appeared On The Late Late Show with James Corden To Talk About Normal People

Daisy and her co-star Paul Mescal were interviewed by Gavin and Stacey star and writer (together with Ruth Jones) James Corden via video call amidst coronavirus restrictions, to discuss the international success of the series.

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The World Has Gone Nuts For Normal People

Connell Waldron’s chain now has its own instagram with a 180K follower count so that statement in itself can explain how much the world LOVES this TV show. Connell and Marianne have truly become the nation’s sweethearts.

Celebrities everywhere, even Kourtney Kardashian (one member of famous reality sister trio joining Kim and Khloe Kardashian) have been sharing their praises for the show on social media.

Former TOWIE star Gemma Collins even left a comment on one of Paul Mescal’s posts to congratulate him, writing:

‘Loved you in Normal People!!! Fantastic.’

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Other famous faces such as Killing Eve‘s Jodie Comer and The IT Crowd’s Chris O’Dowd have also publicly declared their love for the series and its cast.

To top it off, musical legend Andrew Lloyd Webber has personally reached out to Paul Mescal.

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Make sure to check out Normal People on BBC iPlayer.

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