Daisy Haggard

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Daisy Haggard
Born Celia Daisy Morna Haggard
(1978-03-22) 22 March 1978 (age 37)
London, United Kingdom
Parent(s) Piers Haggard
Anna Slovsky

Celia Daisy Morna Haggard (born 22 March 1978) is a British actress.


The daughter of film director Piers Haggard and his wife Anna Slovsky, she was raised and educated in Dulwich, South London at the James Allen's Girls' School.[1] Her grandfather was the actor Stephen Haggard and her great-great-great-uncle was the author H. Rider Haggard.


Haggard's television acting debut occurred in a 1996 episode of ITV's Ruth Rendell Mysteries directed by her father. Piers Haggard had asked his daughter to help him during the audition process by reading opposite the candidates. She later reported that because she is dyslexic "he had to work on it with me so that I didn't ruin it for the other person reading."[2] During the auditions, the producer stated that he wanted to audition Haggard herself, despite opposition from her father who did not want his daughter to take up the difficult life of an actor.[2]

Haggard later graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She appeared in the BBC Three sketch show Man Stroke Woman, and in the Channel 4 sitcom Green Wing[2][3] as Emmy. She also made a brief appearance in an episode of Peep Show, playing a nurse, and in the BBC 2 comedy Psychoville by The League of Gentlemen[2] writers Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, in the role of a pantomime actress, Debbie. She was Emma in the BBC2 sitcom The Persuasionists.

In the 2008 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, Haggard played the role of Miss Steele, the sister of Lucy Steele.[4] Also in 2008, she played Donna Mitchell in Ashes to Ashes, Series 2 Episode 6.

On film, she was the voice of the Ministry Lift in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. In 2010, Haggard appeared in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) film for television, Abroad, playing Poppy Young.[citation needed]

Haggard played Sophie in the Doctor Who episode The Lodger,[5] a role she reprised in Closing Time in the sixth series.

She starred in the 2010 British independent film, Honeymooner and co-stars with Ben Willbond and Laura Solon in the short film Tooty's Wedding, screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.[6] In 2011, she appeared in the BBC/Showtime comedy Episodes. She also starred in Echoes of the Dead, an episode of Midsomer Murders. She also appeared in the 2011 Christmas Special of Outnumbered.

Haggard also appeared on the stage, including at the National Theatre[3] and as the title character, Becky Shaw, in Gina Gionfriddo's play at the Almeida Theatre.[2]

In July 2012 Sky1 began airing the series Parents, in which Haggard plays Chrissie, the sister of the main character Jenny (played by Sally Phillips).

In 2013, she co-starred with Rose Byrne in the British romantic comedy I Give It a Year as Linda, a colleague of Nat's.

She currently plays Sam in the BBC comedy Uncle, as well as continuing in her role as Myra on Episodes.


  1. ^ "James Allen's Girls' School". guidetoindependentschools.com. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Harrad, Horatia (16 March 2011). "Daisy Haggard interview - Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph (London: TMG). ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Daisy Haggard". BBC. 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Miss Steele, played by Daisy Haggard". PBS. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  5. ^ Fuller, Gavin (11 June 2010). "Doctor Who review: The Lodger". The Daily Telegraph (London: TMG). ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Mann, Andrea (15 December 2011). "British Comedy Short 'Tooty's Wedding' Is Sundance-Bound (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)". Huffington Post UK. Aol (UK). Retrieved 15 December 2011. 

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