Daisy May Cooper was born and raised in Cirencester with her brother Charlie. The siblings grew up watching comedy together and made short films at home with their parents’ video camera, inspired by the people they saw around them.
Daisy went on to attend RADA, studying for a BA in acting. The seed of their hit BBC Three sitcom This Country came when Charlie, who had left university in his second year, moved to London to live with Daisy while she completed her acting training. With very little money and missing home, the pair began to talk about the characters they had grown up with back in the Cotswolds. From this Kerry was born and before long they found themselves writing a script.
After graduating from RADA in 2010 Daisy secured a small part in BBC Two comedy The Wrong Mans, the co-creator Mathew Baynton brought her to the attention of BBC Comedy Controller, Shane Allen. However, it took another five years before This Country was commissioned. The pair had returned to their childhood home and were working night shifts together as cleaners, watching on as all their friends left town for bigger and brighter things. There was no ‘plan B’, but they believed in their vision for the show which would become This Country, an under-the-radar gem that gradually built up a dedicated following. The pair had created a detail-rich mockumentary about stifling boredom and limited opportunities in the English countryside.
They were recognised for their work by being awarded BAFTA’s Breakthrough Brits which showcases and supports the next generation of British creative talent in film, television and games. They have just finished filming series two which will be broadcast in early 2018.