|Born||Eileen Mary Theresa Barnes
1 June 1963
Dulwich, London, England, UK
|Occupation||Actress, model, director, producer, writer and singer-songwriter|
Eileen Mary Theresa Daly (born Eileen Mary Theresa Barnes 1 June 1963 in Dulwich, London) is an English actress, presenter, director, film producer, writer and singer-songwriter. She is also a well-known contemporary scream queen, starring in numerous cult horror films and fronts her own band called the Courtesans who formed in 2005.
Born on 1 June 1963 in Dulwich, London, to the daughter of boxer Nipper Pat Daly, Daly grew up in Hampton Hill, Richmond upon Thames with her mother and younger brother Dominic. Daly's parents split up when she was three, with her taking her mother's surname. She briefly attended drama school before dropping out to pursue private acting lessons instead. She was living for a time with Tim Pope, who directed promos for the Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Soft Cell, where her Gothy good looks meant she was popular as an extra in several music promos. A variation on her Dark Angel character featured in a video for the band Cathedral ("Hopkins: The Witchfinder General") directed by Nigel Wingrove. Eileen left home quite young and started modelling to earn her keep, based in London she began starring in various magazines, one of her first magazine spreads was in 1979 with future Ben Dover star and creator Lindsay Honey. Daly has since worked with Honey on Loaded TV's sitcom Sexxx and quiz show Come Again.
She continued to work as a glamour model throughout the 1980s, and in 1991 starred in many documentary films for the BBC, and with Linzi Drew, directed by Alan Bryce of The Dark Side (magazine). She tried a number of jobs and did game shows, dancing, TV parts (including roles in the most expensive BBC2 production ever produced at that time Our Friends in the North with Daniel Craig, Malcolm McDowell, Mark Strong and Christopher Ecclestone among others - unavailable for several years it was re-released in the UK in the autumn of 2010). Eileen has taken part in playreadings at the Royal Court Theatre in London.
In 1996 it was revealed by The People newspaper that Daly, who at the time was starring in television ads for First Choice Holidays, was a "blue movie queen" who had starred in "kinky videos featuring in bondage and lesbian sex scenes" and claimed the revelations would come as a shock to the bosses of the holiday booking company.
Most of Daly's efforts in recent years have been dedicated to developing her band the Courtesans, and her own film company Gipsyphilia working on songs and videos and TV shows.
Eileen Daly has been a cover model for a range of magazines including Skin Two, Time Out, Bizarre, The Dark Side, The Chronicles, Redeemer, Bite Me and Bloodstone. Many of these magazines have included features on Eileen together with, on occasion, some of her poetry. She also contributed articles and wrote columns for several magazines in the 1990s.
Daly was a regular contributor and columnist for the Dark Side, in which she wrote about low-budget films and interviewed directors, producers (she is herself associate producer on several projects), actors and technicians working in that field. Her column was transferred to DVD and Blu-ray World magazine (itself to cease publication) when The Dark Side took a break in publication.
Daly has acted in a number of television shows and adverts (Toyota and First Choice among them), usually between film roles, and has been seen in programmes as diverse as Snuff Box, Our Friends in the North, EastEnders, Vampyria (documentary), Sex & Shopping, Eurotrash, Beck, The Big Breakfast, Kilroy, Fantasy By Gaslight and The Fast Show. She also had uncredited roles as the "example" human female in a Desmond Morris written and presented series on the Human Animal and body language a co-production of the BBC and the Discovery channel filmed in 1994.
With the formation of Redemption TV by her then boyfriend Nigel Wingrove, Daly was given the chance to present her own magazine show in which she interviewed musicians, actors, friends and celebrities. Interviewees included the actor and comedian Matt Berry, Chris Adamson, Morrigan Hel and Nosferatu (band). During the show Daly often took part in short skits or sketches with her interviewees. Daly also filmed several introductions to Redemption TV released European horror and cult films when she starred in character as the "Dark Angel" in a number of specially shot introductions and promos for the television channel Bravo (at that stage going through a phase of showing mostly science-fiction and horror programming).
In late 2012 Daly filmed a sitcom set in a sex shop called Sexxx for the newly launched Loaded TV channel. The series is ongoing and began transmission in late November 2012. Daly is also a regular celebrity contestant on the Loaded TV game show Come Again, often with former co-star Ben Dover
Daly met Nigel Wingrove and together they started up a company called Redemption Films. The recognition she got from the Redemption work became the turning point of her career. Redemption Films used an image of Daly as its company logo and this became part of its marketing strategy with Daly featuring as Redemption's Dark Angel in specially filmed intros to the many foreign and cult films released on the label.
Daly has appeared in films such as All About Anna for Innocent Pictures, Cradle of Fear, Messages, Kannibal, Sentinels of Darkness, N(eon), Machines of Love & Hate, Razor Blade Smile, Witchcraft X, Evil Calls: The Raven reuniting her with Kannibal director Richard Driscoll, Sacred Flesh and most recently a series of films with the American actor Joe Zaso culminating in several films with German director and musician Timo Rose. These later films include Darkness Surrounds Roberta, Timo Rose's Beast, Braincell, Unrated and Karl The Butcher Vs Axe. She has acted as associate producer on several of her latter films.
Daly has portrayed a vampire with at least four different vampire characters and has also provided voices for animated characters notably in Monsters Of The ID. She has worked with Dave McKean the artist behind The Sandman and the film MirrorMask on his short film N(eon) which is available on a DVD collection of short films entitled Keanoshow.
Daly starred in the Elisar Cabrera directed Demonsoul as a vampire's human servant/familiar, in the low-budget Alex Chandon directed film Pervirella as the queen of a tribe of Amazon women, in the Elisar Cabrera directed Witchcraft X: Mistress of the Craft as the leader of a coven of vampires, in Razor Blade Smile as Lilith Silver, the protagonist of the film, a frequently fetish clad hitwoman and adventurer who also happens to be a vampire (awards for Razor Blade Smile include Grand Prize at the Gérardmer Film Festival (2000), Honourable Mention at the Sweden Fantastic Film Festival (1998), a "Vampire Oscar" for Eileen at Vampyria II in London and the film won most of the top awards in the first B-Movie Film Festival (1999), including Best B-Film, Director (Jake West), Actress (Eileen Daly), Cinematography and Special Effects., SFX magazine voted the character of Lilith Silver the 30th sexiest vampire of all time.) Daly has also starred in the Richard Driscoll directected Kannibal (Headhunter) with American Scream Queen Linnea Quigley where her character was crucified onscreen for the second time (the first being Sentinels Of Darkness), starred in the third segment of Alex Chandon directed Cradle Of Fear as the girlfriend of a man who has lost a leg and has lost his sex drive (Daly's song "Plastic Surgery" is included in one scene), in Machines of Love and Hate as the mother of a young woman accidentally runs down a hitchhiker, in the Jessica Nilsson directed All About Anna where she played Camilla, a flatmate of Anna - one of several films made to appeal to a female audience featuring hardcore sex scenes and scenes of an adult nature. The film complies with a "Puzzy Power Manifesto" which lays down strict guidelines of what should and should not be included in the film in order that it be tailored for female rather than male sensibilities. Daly has also starred in Darkness Surrounds Roberta as the manager of an escort/model agency three girls from which have been murdered, in Timo Rose's Beast as the stepmother of lead character Alex (Daly also acted as associate producer on the film), in the Richard Driscoll directed Darkness Calls: the Raven (The Legend of Harrow Woods) (originally titled "Alone in the Dark" but changed in order not to clash with the film of the popular videogame) as a psychic who accompanies a group of people into woods that have been cursed and may herself be a serial killer and in the Kemal Yildirim directed Rose - The Movie a film premiered at the London Independent Film Festival in 2012 & winner of the prestigious 'Van Gogh award' at the Amsterdam film festival 2012, as the matriarch in a nightmare world of criminals, drug dealers, street-fighters and pimps.
Daly's most recent music project, The Courtesans features Daly (vocals) with Ben Thirkettle (music). Eileen started the Courtesans in 1998, while her other musical project Jezebel was put on hold. The duo play a combination of what they describe as "gypsy, glam and rock" and are currently working on their first album. Their first single featuring Webcam Girl and Burnout was released on distinctive pink vinyl in 2007 and a follow up EP Elfing About featured three tracks Mazeltof, Doll and Peckham Rolex and a video to their song Peckham Rolex directed and filmed by Jack Doyle, lit by Daniel Land and edited by James Brady.
The group have regularly played around London and Southern England together with appearances at festivals in Glastonbury, Bram Stoker International Film Festival and Italy. They have changed their lineup several times since their formation and have performed both Electric and Acoustic sets. A track by the band features in the forthcoming film Rose - The Movie and the band will provide the title track for the film which is scheduled to premier at Cannes.
The Courtesans will be releasing their first album ‘The Courtesans’ one song at a time for digital download throughout 2013 and 2014. The first two songs have already been issued in this way. Each song will have an accompanying video. They will be promoting the album live from September 2013 and throughout 2014. The video of the first single, "Burnout" featured on Loaded TV’s ‘Dial M’ throughout 2013.
Daly formed a band called Jezebel in 1998 which played in her own words "an eclectic mix of rock, Goth and perverse fairy tales". The first album, Forbidden Fruit was released on 26 March 2004 on the record label Triple Silence, a music label linked to Redemption. A track off Forbidden Fruit, entitled "Plastic Surgery" was featured on the Cradle of Fear film soundtrack CD. Another track off Forbidden Fruit, retitled You're So Cute, is featured in the film All About Anna, performed onscreen by Daly. Before the Forbidden Fruit CD in 1998, but also under the name Jezebel, Daly released a single entitled "Persuasion". Daly performed on Eurotrash and was interviewed about her career to date. Daly worked with producer and musician Steven Severin who had provided music for the film Visions of Ecstasy for Nigel Wingrove.
In 2012 Eileen started her own production company called Gipsyphilia Productions. With this company she has started her career as a director, writer and producer. One of the first shows she directed was 'Daly Does The dead', a ghost hunting show that takes the team to a haunted hotel in Whitby. Eileen writes the scripts for all the shows and films, although most of the acting is Improvisation. Her band The Courtesans provide all the music for the productions. In its first year Gipsyphilia Productions have made several magazine and ghost hunting shows; 'Mr Crispin at your Cervix', Daly Does Webcam Girl', 'Daly Does Porn Stars', 'Daly Does Ghosts' and also has several feature films and shows in pre-production.
- Forbidden Fruit (2004) (with the group Jezebel)
- Webcam Girl / Burnout (Pink Vinyl Single 2007) (The Courtesans)
- Elfing Around (2009) (The Courtesans)
- The Curse of the Witches Blood (2014) Feature Film
- Mr Crispin At Your Cervix (2014) TV Show
- Daly Does The Dead (2014) TV Show
- Daly Does Ghosts (2013) TV Show
- Daly Does Webcam Girl (2013) TV Show
- Daly Does Porn Stars (2013) TV Show featuring Ben Dover
- Life.Love.Regret. (2013) (Short)
- Quiet Night Out (2013) (Short)
- The Amityville Asylum (2013) Feature Film
- Come Again (2012–13) Loaded TV Game Show ... Regular Team captain
- Sexxx (2012) Loaded TV Sitcom ... Miss Kitty (6 episodes)
- Silent Cradle (2012) Feature Film
- Rose-The Movie (2012)
- The Turning (2011) Feature Film
- The Horror Vault 3 (2010) .... Missing Woman (segment "A Christmas Haunting")
- Karl The Butcher Vs Axe (2010) ... Queen Scarar
- Unrated (2010) .... Samantha
- Braincell (2010) .... Nurse Audra
- Evil Calls: The Raven (aka 'Alone in the Dark') (2008) .... Victoria
- Timo Rose's Beast (2009) .... Lydia
- Darkness Surrounds Roberta (2007) .... Eleanor Maynard
- Monsters of the Id (V) .... Jetstream Jenny (an animated feature)
- Messages (2007) .... Denise
- Peekaboo Show (2006) (TV) .... Herself (on her own show)
- Snuff Box (2006) (TV) .... Rich Fulcher's date
- All About Anna (2005) .... Camilla
- Machines of Love and Hate (2003) .... Cynthia Marks
- N[eon] (2002) .... The Ghost
- Sentinels of Darkness (2002) .... Velislava
- Cradle of Fear (2001) .... Natalie
- Kannibal (2001) .... Tanya Sloveig
- Sacred Flesh (2000) .... Repression (but credited as Catechism)
- Razor Blade Smile (1998) .... Lilith Silver
- Archangel Thunderbird (1998) .... Miki Manson
- Witchcraft X: Mistress of the Craft (1997) .... Raven
- Pervirella (1997) .... Cu-Rare
- Our Friends in the North (1996) (TV) .... Dancer
- Redemption Films (1995) ... The Dark Angel
- Demonsoul (1995) .... Selena
- Sweet Nothing (1990) (TV) .... Stripogram
Notes and references
- Gipsyphilia. "Vintage Fashion".
- "British Vampire Flick 'Razor Blade Smile' Wins Top Honours at B-Film Festival", b-movie.com, 31 August 1999. Retrieved 12 April 2007.
- "Gipsyphilia Productions". Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- "IMDb". Retrieved 29 January 2014.
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