Sophie McShera (born 1st January 1985 in Holme WoodBradfordYorkshire) is a British actress. She began her television career in 2007. After several minor roles, she was cast as sixth form pupil, Ros McCain in the fifth series (2009-2010) of BBC drama Waterloo Road. In Autumn 2010 she became part of the original cast of the Golden Globe winning period drama Downton Abbey. She has played Daisy Mason in every episode of the series to date.


McShera's television career started after university in 2007, with minor roles in the soap operas Emmerdale and Doctors and the drama Survivors in 2008. In 2009 she joined the regular cast of BBC school drama Waterloo Road, playing A-level student Ros McCain for the entirety of the fifth series. Ros' storylines revolved around her trying to fulfill her academic potential and also questioning her sexuality. Following her departure from Waterloo Road, McShera became part of the cast of Julian Fellowes ITV costume drama Downton Abbey as Daisy, the kitchen maid. The show has attracted critical and popular success. McShera, alongside Hugh Bonneville, made a personal thank you to the audience after Downton Abbey won Most Popular TV Drama at the 2012 National TV Awards. She will have a supporting role in the ITV sitcom The Job Lot which will air in 2013 and is set in a busy unemployment bureau in the West Midlands.

McShera's stage roles include playing the titular role in the pantomime Cinderella at the West Yorkshire Playhouse between December 2009 and January 2010, and performing as 'Pea' in Jez Butterworth's stage play Jerusalem at theApollo Theatre in London's West End.


Year Film Role Notes
2007 Emmerdale Danielle Hollywell TV series (2 episodes)
2008 Doctors Mandy Fairfield TV series (1 episode: "One Dog Day")
Survivors Cathy TV series (1 episode: "#1.1")
2009 Waterloo Road Ros McCain TV series (19 episodes: 2009-2010)
2010 Downton Abbey Daisy Robinson, later Daisy Mason TV series (25 episodes: 2010-present)
2013 The Job Lot Bryony TV Series
Highway to Dhampus Ginny Topham post-production

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