Daisy Haggard

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Daisy Haggard
Celia Daisy Morna Haggard

(1978-03-22) 22 March 1978 (age 41)
London, England
OccupationActress, writer
Years active1996–present
Parent(s)Piers Haggard
Anna Slovsky

Celia Daisy Morna Haggard (born 22 March 1978) is an English actress and writer. She is known for her roles in the BBC sitcoms Uncle and Episodes.

In 2019, Haggard appeared in BBC Three’s Back to Life, a series which she also created and co-wrote with Laura Solon.[1]


In 1996, Haggard made her acting debut in an episode of ITV crime drama, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries. The episode was directed by her father, and during the auditions, the producer stated that he wanted to audition Daisy, despite opposition from her father who did not want his daughter to take up the 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 an appearance in an episode of Peep Show, playing a nurse, and in the BBC Two comedy Psychoville by The League of Gentlemen[2] as Debbie.

In the 2008 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, Haggard portrayed the role of Miss Steele, the sister of Lucy Steele.[4] Then in 2008, she played Donna Mitchell in an episode of the BBC crime drama Ashes to Ashes.

Haggard was also 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, she appeared in the CBC television film Abroad, playing Poppy Young.[5]

Haggard played Sophie in the Doctor Who episode "The Lodger",[6] a role she reprised in "Closing Time".

In 2010, Haggard starred in the independent British film Honeymooner. In 2012, she starred in the short film Tooty's Wedding, which was later screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.[7] In 2011, she began appearing in the BBC/Showtime comedy Episodes. She portrayed the role of Myra Licht until the series ended in 2017.

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, Sky One began airing the series Parents, in which Haggard played the role of Chrissie.

In 2013, she co-starred with Rose Byrne in the British romantic comedy I Give It a Year as Helen. In 2014, she was cast as Sam in the BBC comedy Uncle. In 2016, she appeared in "Nosedive", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror. In 2017, she appeared in the premiere production of Consent at the Royal National Theatre, London.[8]

In April 2019, Haggard began playing the lead role of Miri Matteson in BBC Three sitcom Back to Life. The first series, consisting of six episodes, premiered on 15 April 2019. She also co-wrote and created the series.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

The daughter of film director Piers Haggard and his wife Anna Sklovsky, Haggard was raised and educated in Dulwich, South London, at the James Allen's Girls' School.[11] Her grandfather was the actor Stephen Haggard, and her great-great-great-uncle was the author H. Rider Haggard.


  1. ^ "Back To Life's Daisy Haggard: Women are judged more harshly than men". BT.com. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d 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 12 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Abroad (2010)". IMDb. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  6. ^ Fuller, Gavin (11 June 2010). "Doctor Who review: The Lodger". The Daily Telegraph. London: TMG. ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Consent". National Theatre. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  9. ^ "When is Back to Life on BBC1 and BBC3? Who's in the cast and what's it about?". Radio Times. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  10. ^ Foley, Rachel (12 April 2019). "Episodes star on playing a 'relentless optimist'". Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  11. ^ "James Allen's Girls' School". guidetoindependentschools.com. Retrieved 12 June 2010.

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