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Sophie McShera (born 17 May 1985) is an English actress.
She is best known for her appearances in the BBC television series Waterloo Road, as Daisy Mason in the ITV television series Downton Abbey, and as Drizella Tremaine in the 2015 Disney film Cinderella.
Early life, education, and personal life
McShera was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, into a large Irish family. Her mother is a teacher, and her father is a financial advisor turned tutor. Her family moved to Eccleshill, West Yorkshire, where she also attended St Joseph's College in Bradford at an early age.
She attended Footsteps Theatre School before getting her stage break in The Goodbye Girl at the age of 12. She continued this up with a stint on tour with Annie before completing her GCSEs and A-levels and moving to Brunel University, London, where she obtained a degree in drama.
In 2019, McShera told Rachel Ray In Season magazine that she was a vegetarian.
McShera's acting career began after university in 2007, with stints in Emmerdale and Doctors and the drama Survivors in 2008. In 2009, she appeared on BBC One school-based drama series Waterloo Road, as A-level student Ros McCain for the entire fifth series. Ros' storylines revolved around her academic aspirations as well as questioning her sexuality. Following her expulsion from Waterloo Road, McShera became an integral part of Julian Fellowes' ITV costume drama Downton Abbey as Daisy, the kitchen maid. The show attracted critical and acclaim. After Downton Abbey earned Most Popular TV Drama at the 2012 National TV Awards, McShera, along with Hugh Bonneville, expressed a personal thank you to the audience. Since 2013, McShera has appeared in the ITV2 sitcom The Job Lot. In Disney's 2015 film Cinderella, McShera played stepsister Drisella Tremaine. In the ABC musical comedy series Galavant, she demonstrated her singing abilities as Lady's maid Gwynne.
She appeared onstage in both December 2009 and January 2010 as Annie in the pantomime Cinderella at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 2011, she appeared in Jez Butterworth's award-winning stage play Jerusalem as Pea for the play's return to London's West End at the Apollo Theatre.