• Sophie McShera is a British actress known for her portrayal of Daisy Mason in the romantic drama series 'Downton Abbey'.
• She grew up in Bradford, England and went to Brunel University and Footsteps Theatre School.
• She has appeared in various TV series such as 'Emmerdale Farm', 'Waterloo Road', 'The Job Lot', and 'The Queen's Gambit'.
• She has also been credited with appearing in six movies, and acted in various stage plays such as 'Cinderella' and 'Jerusalem'.
• As of 2021, her net worth is estimated to be over $1 million.
Who is Sophie McShera?
Sophie McShera was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, on 17 May 1985 – her zodiac sign is Taurus and she holds British nationality. She is an actress who might be known best for her portrayal of Daisy Mason in the romantic drama series “Downton Abbey”, created by Julian Fellowes, and which starred Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Phyllis Logan. The story follows the rich Crawley family living in Britain in the early 20th century, aired from 2010 to 2015, won 57 awards including three Golden Globes, and was nominated for 226 other awards.
Early life and education
Sophie was raised in Bradford by her Irish father who was a teacher and a financial adviser, and her Irish mother who was also a teacher. Sophie’s believed to be an only child.
She became interested in acting at quite an early age, and practiced in front of her bedroom mirror before joining her elementary school’s drama club, appearing in various plays performed there; her first notable performance was in the comedy “The Goodbye Girl” in 1997. After completing her elementary education, Sophie enrolled at a high school at which she continued appearing in plays, with her most notable performance being in the Broadway musical “Annie”.
She went on to attend both Brunel University, London and Footsteps Theatre School, and Sophie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama in 2007.
Roles in TV series
Sophie made her debut TV series appearance in that year, when she portrayed Danielle Hollywell in two episodes of the long-running romantic drama “Emmerdale Farm” created by Kevin Laffan, starring Christopher Chittell and Lucy Pargeter, which follows the lives of people living in a Yorkshire village. The series has been airing since 1972 (7473 aired episodes as of January 2021) and has won 60 awards, while it’s been nominated for 196 others.
She went on to appear in single episodes of both the drama “Doctors” and the science fiction drama “Survivors”, and was in 2009 cast to portray one of the supporting characters Ros McCain in the romantic drama “Waterloo Road” which starred Philip Martin Brown, Jason Done and Chelsee Healey, and won six awards during its airing from 2006 to 2015. Sophie appeared in a 2012 episode of the comedy “Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul”, and the 2015 episode “Séance Time” of the horror comedy drama “Inside No. 9”, then portrayed Bryony West in 10 episodes of the comedy “The Job Lot”. In the same year she was cast to play the supporting character Gwynne in the adventure fantasy comedy “Galavant” created by Dan Fogelman, and which starred Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson and Vinnie Jones.
It follows a knight who goes on a quest to show to the king that his ways are wrong; it was nominated for four awards including one Primetime Emmy.
The following years saw Sophie appear in single episodes of various series such as the historical comedy “Drunk History: UK”, the comedy “Timewasters”, and the mystery crime drama “Murdoch Mysteries”. Her most recent role in a TV series has been in 2020, when she portrayed Miss Graham in the episodes “Exchanges” and “Openings” of the critically acclaimed sports drama “The Queen’s Gambit”, created by Scott Frank and Allan Scott, and which starred Anya Taylor-Joy, Chloe Pirrie and Bill Camp. The series follows the life of an orphaned girl Beth Harmon, as she becomes the best chess player in the world. It was nominated for three awards.
Roles in movies
Sophie has been credited with appearing in six movies, making her debut appearance in the 2014 romantic drama “Highway to Dhampus”, written and directed by Rick McFarland, starred Rachel Hurd-Wood, Gunner Wright and Suesha Rana, and follows the life of Laxmi who is running a small orphanage in Nepal; it won seven awards.
The following year saw Sophie play Drisella in the critically acclaimed family fantasy drama “Cinderella”, which won eight awards and was nominated for 37 others including an Oscar, and she then portrayed Mandy in the 2017 crime drama “Murdered for Being Different”, about 20 years old girl Sophie Lancaster who was killed in a park because she was dressed in Goth style.
In 2019, Sophie played supporting characters in both the comedy drama “The Personal History of David Copperfield”, and the romantic drama “Downton Abbey”.
Her most recent movie role has been in the 2020 short drama “Ganef”, which is about a little girl who believes she just saw the family cleaning lady steal an expensive ornament.
In January 2010, Sophie portrayed Cinderella in the eponymous play performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and was in 2011 cast to play Pea in the play “Jerusalem”, performed at the Apollo Theatre.
Awards and nominations
Sophie and her colleague actors and actresses have been nominated for five Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, for their performance in “Downton Abbey”, winning three in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Love life and relationships
Sophie is very secretive when it comes to her love life and hasn’t talked about any men she might have dated since the launch of her acting career, however, there are rumors circulating the internet claiming that she might have dated (or slept with) some of her fellow actors.
Sophie was in an on-screen relationship with Matt Milne, and the two made it look so real that their fans believed that they were dating in real life as well, however, this hasn’t been confirmed and neither of the two has addressed the rumors. She was also in an on-screen relationship with Thomas Howes, and while people again believed that they were dating in real life, Sophie and Thomas stated that they are only good friends.
As of January 2021, Sophie appears to be single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Sophie is following a very strict diet, thus her slim figure. She doesn’t like to work out and doesn’t play any sports, as she prefers to spend her spare time reading books and watching movies. Her favorite actor and actress are Heath Ledger and Julia Roberts, while a couple of her favorite movies are “The Patriot”, “Candy” and “Notting Hill”.
She likes to travel, and has been to many European countries such as Italy, Spain and France, and has also been to a couple of US states, including New York and California.
Sophie is a cat-lover and has two pet cats.
She is not a big fan of social media networks, and isn’t active on any of them.
Age, height and net worth
Sophie’s age is 35. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 2ins (1.59m) and she weighs around 110lbs (50kgs).
As of January 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $1 million.