Daisy Goodwin

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Daisy Goodwin
BornDaisy Georgia Goodwin
(1961-12-19) 19 December 1961 (age 57)
St Pancras, London, England
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 in St Pancras, London) is a British writer and television producer.[1][2] She has published several novels and eight anthologies of poetry.

Early life[edit]

She is the daughter of the film producer Richard B. Goodwin[3] and the interior decorator Jocasta Innes.[4] Her half-brother is the writer Jason Goodwin, whom her father adopted.[5] Her great-great-great grandfather was Robert Traill, whose character she included in an episode of the second season of her TV drama "Victoria" which addressed the Irish Great Famine. Traill was played by Martin Compston.


After attending Queen's College, London and Westminster School, Goodwin studied history at Trinity College, Cambridge and attended Columbia Film School before joining the BBC as a trainee arts producer in 1985. In 1998, she moved to Talkback Productions as head of factual programmes, and in 2005, founded Silver River Productions. Her first novel, My Last Duchess, was published in the UK in August 2010 [6] and, under the title The American Heiress, in the U.S. and Canada in June 2011.[7] She has also published eight poetry anthologies and a memoir entitled Silver River, and was chairman of the judging panel for the 2010 Orange Prize for women's fiction.[8] She has presented television shows including Essential Poems (To Fall In Love With) (2003) and Reader, I Married Him (2006).[9] She is the author of the 2016 novel, Victoria, and creator and writer of the TV series Victoria airing in the UK on ITV, and in the US on PBS/Masterpiece in January 2017.[10]

In November 2017 Goodwin claimed 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.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Goodwin is married to Marcus Wilford, an ABC TV executive; they have two daughters.[12] 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.[14]

Women's Prize for Fiction[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.daisygoodwin.co.uk/
  2. ^ https://search.findmypast.co.uk/results/world-records/england-and-wales-births-1837-2006?firstname=daisy%20g&lastname=goodwin&eventyear=1961&eventyear_offset=1
  3. ^ "IMDb: Richard B. Goodwin". Archived from the original on 25 October 2005. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  4. ^ Guardian: "Ride on - Caroline Miller follows Daisy Goodwin on a journey through her family's history in Silver River"
  5. ^ Obituary: Jocasta Innes, telegraph.co.uk, 23 April 2013
  6. ^ Rennison, Nick (29 August 2010). "A class act". The Sunday Times Culture. p. 49.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Arifa Akbar (17 March 2010). "Spare me the misery lit, says Orange Prize judge". The Independent.
  9. ^ David Brockman (14 March 2003, last modified 10 January 2009). "Poetry in motion". Transdiffusion. Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-12. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ Tony Rennell (26 August 2016). "Victoria's Secret". Daily Mail.
  11. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41976749
  12. ^ Duff, Oliver (6 June 2005). "Daisy Goodwin: My Life In Media". London: The Independent. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  13. ^ https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/how-to-help/major-gifts/women-taking-action/about-women-taking-action/[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Poetry Launch". Archived from the original on 21 January 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  15. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/orange-prize-for-fiction-announces-2010-longlist-1922892.html

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