Daisy Goodwin

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Daisy Goodwin
BornDaisy Georgia Goodwin
(1961-12-19) 19 December 1961 (age 57)
London, England[1]
OccupationScreenwriter, television producer
RelativesRichard B. Goodwin (father)
Jocasta Innes (mother)
Jason Goodwin (half-brother)
Robert Traill (great-great-great grandfather)

Daisy Georgia Goodwin (born 19 December 1961) is an English writer and television producer.[2][3] She has published several novels and eight anthologies of poetry.

Early life[edit]

Goodwin was born and raised in London.[1] She is the daughter of the film producer Richard B. Goodwin and the interior decorator Jocasta Innes.[4] Her parents separated when she was five and then divorced.[5] She is of Irish and Argentinian ancestry. Her half-brother is the writer Jason Goodwin, whom her father adopted.[6] Interviewed by Rachel Ward of The Daily Telegraph in 2019, she said: "I grew up surrounded by creative people" and would return home "to find Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman sat on the sofa having tea".[1] Her great-great-great grandfather was Irish clergyman Robert Traill, whose character she included in an episode of the second season of her TV drama Victoria which addressed the Irish famine in the 1840s. Traill was played by Martin Compston.


After attending Queen's College, London and Westminster School, Goodwin studied history at Trinity College, Cambridge. After attending Columbia Film School, as a Harkness Scholar, she joined the BBC in 1985 as a trainee television assistant producer in arts, and a producer-director in 1987, working on programmes like Bookmark. Her contract was not renewed in 1989, but Goodwin rejoined the BBC in 1992, and worked on Omnibus, and created Bookworm, The Nation's Favourite Poems and Home Front.[7][8][9]

In 1998, Goodwin moved to Talkback Productions as head of factual programmes, becoming editorial director by 2003.[8] In 2005, Goodwin founded Silver River Productions.[5] Earlier in her career, she had turned down fashion advisors Trinny and Susannah because she considered them too posh to work in television, but is said to have discovered Lucy Worsley, placing the historian under contract for her first series in 2011.[1] Her first novel, My Last Duchess, was published in the UK in August 2010[10] and, under the title The American Heiress, in the U.S. and Canada in June 2011.[11] Goodwin has also compiled multiple poetry anthologies, the first being The Nation’s Favourite Love Poems in 1997,[9] and written a memoir entitled Silver River (2007).[12] She was chairman of the judges for the 2010 Orange Prize for women's fiction,[13][14] and commented in a New Statesman interview that "a recommendation from a woman is more interesting to me than what a man might tell me to read".[9] She has presented television shows including Essential Poems (To Fall In Love With) (2003) and Reader, I Married Him (2006).[15] Jane Thynne, in The Independent described her as proving to be "triumphantly telegenic" in the former which was Goodwin's front of camera television debut.[8]

Goodwin is the author of the novel Victoria (2016), and creator and writer of the TV series Victoria which was broadcast in the UK by ITV from 2016 and in the US by its co-commissioners, PBS/Masterpiece from 2017.[16][17] Mike Hale, reviewing the series for The New York Times in early 2018, preferred Victoria over The Crown, the series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.[18]

In November 2017, Goodwin said that on a professional visit to 10 Downing Street she had been indecently touched by a civil servant, but had not complained at the time.[19]

In an interview with the Radio Times, she claimed that repeats of Dad's Army were influencing Brexit.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Goodwin is married to Marcus Wilford, a television executive; they have two daughters.[7][1] She appeared in the BBC television documentary Public School about Westminster directed by Jonathan Gili, and as part of the winning Trinity College, Cambridge team on the Christmas University Challenge BBC2, 27 December 2011. In 2012, she appeared on a Children in Need episode of "Only Connect" alongside Charlie Higson and Matthew Parris.

Production credits[edit]



Between 1998 and 2005 Goodwin worked as a producer or editor on shows including:

Silver River[edit]


Acting credits[edit]



  • The Fortune Hunter (2014)
  • My Last Duchess (2010), published in the U.S. and Canada as The American Heiress (2011)
  • Off by Heart (2009)
  • Silver River (2007)
  • Bringing Up Baby: The New Mother's Companion (2007)
  • The Nation's Favourite: Love Poems (1997)
  • Victoria (2016)
  • Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair (2017)

Poetry anthologies[edit]

  • Essential Poems for the Way We Live Now (2005)
  • Essential Poems for Children: First Aid for Frantic Parents (2005)
  • Poems to Last a Lifetime (2004)
  • Essential Poems to Fall in Love With (2003)
  • 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life (2003)
  • 101 Poems to Get You Through the Day and Night: A Survival Kit for Modern Life (2003)
  • 101 Poems to Keep You Sane: Emergency Rations for the Seriously Stressed (2003)
  • 101 Poems To Help You Understand Men (and Women) (2003)


Action for Children[edit]


  • 100 Poems to see You Through (2014). An anthology of poems with all proceeds going to Maggie's Centres.[22]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Daisy Goodwin interview: 'Queen Victoria would have approved of Meghan Markle'". The Daily Telegraph. 24 March 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.daisygoodwin.co.uk/
  3. ^ https://search.findmypast.co.uk/results/world-records/england-and-wales-births-1837-2006?firstname=daisy%20g&lastname=goodwin&eventyear=1961&eventyear_offset=1
  4. ^ Levy, Paul (26 April 2013). "Jocasta Innes: Cookery and design writer who transformed our approach to home-making". The Independent. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b Akbar, Arifa (15 September 2010). "Daisy Goodwin: A woman of Substance". The Independent. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Obituary: Jocasta Innes". The Daily Telegraph. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  7. ^ a b Duff, Oliver (6 June 2005). "Daisy Goodwin: My Life In Media". The Independent. London. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  8. ^ a b c Thynne, Jane (28 January 2003). "Daisy Goodwin: 'I'm not the new Nigella'". The Independent. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  9. ^ a b c McDonald, Alyssa (29 March 2010). "'Michael Gove? He almost makes me want to vote Tory' - Daisy Goodwin, TV producer and Orange Prize c..." New Statesman. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  10. ^ Rennison, Nick (29 August 2010). "My Last Duchess by Daisy Goodwin". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 25 June 2019.(subscription required)
  11. ^ Janet Maslin (26 June 2011). "Books of the Times: Money May Not Buy You Love, but It Might Help You Land a Spouse". The New York Times.
  12. ^ Miller, Caroline (17 November 2007). "Ride on". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  13. ^ Akbar, Arifa (17 March 2010). "Spare me the misery lit, says Orange Prize judge". The Independent.
  14. ^ "Orange Prize for Fiction announces 2010 longlist". The Independent. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  15. ^ David Brockman (14 March 2003). "Poetry in motion". Transdiffusion. Archived from the original on 28 August 2010.
  16. ^ "ITV Releases First Look At Brand New Victoria". ITV. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  17. ^ Sulcas, Roslyn (11 January 2017). "A Woman at the Helm, Bringing 'Victoria' to Life". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  18. ^ Hale, Mike (12 January 2018). "Review: One Vote for Victoria Over The Crown". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  19. ^ "Daisy Goodwin: 'I was groped by 10 Downing Street official'". BBC News. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  20. ^ Read, Jonathan (25 June 2019). "Television producer blames Dad's Army for Brexit because it romanticises the war". The New European. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  21. ^ https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/how-to-help/major-gifts/women-taking-action/about-women-taking-action/[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ "Poetry Launch". Archived from the original on 21 January 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2017.

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