Daisy Haggard’s surname is quite the misnomer. The 37-year-old actor, who resembles a cross between Lisa Kudrow and a young Eve Pollard, is nutty, breezy, rambunctious and bright. Anything, in short, but haggard.
Her eyes can look languid one minute, only to pop out on stalks the next, and she is in good cheer over lunch at the Royal Court theatre in London. She high-fives me when I predict that her stated philosophy (“It’s important to enjoy the silly!”) could very well provide the headline for this article, then speculates on how I might report our time together: “Daisy Haggard pushed the squid into her mouth and let the fat dribble down her chin,
The kohl-rimmed eyes and the weighty fringe were probably the first things viewers noticed. Those key Winkleman trademarks were there from the very start, back in the late 1990s. Who is this unusual woman presenter, people asked, and why does she look at the camera sideways, as if tentatively sharing a joke?
Claudia Winkleman's new role as the host of Film 2010, coupled with a stint tonight on Strictly Come Dancing's main show while Bruce Forsythe recovers from flu – as well as her usual presenting job on the Strictly spin-off, It Takes Two – all mark a move up to the front ranks of the broadcasters' roll call of talent.
But how the presenter herself views her prestigious elevation is another matter. With a self-deprecatory
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