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Women Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Daisy Goodwin

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Today’s Women Behind the Scenes spotlight is focused on British TV Producer, Poetry Anthologist and Novelist Daisy Goodwin.

Daisy attended Queen’s College in London and the Westminster School before studying history at Trinity College, Cambridge. She later went to Columbia Film School and then joined the BBC as a trainee arts producer in 1985. She spent ten years at the BBC making arts documentaries before she moved to Talkback Productions as head of factual programs.

In 2005, Daisy founded Silver River Productions which produced over a handful of various programs before she sold it to Sony in 2012.

Alongside her TV work, Daisy published nearly ten books about poetry as well as her own entitled Silver River in 2007. She followed that publication with two other books My Last Duches” [known in the US and Canada as “The American Heiress”] and The Fortune Hunter, both which were New York Times bestsellers.

It was in 2014 that she decided to concentrate on writing full time and was commissioned to write her first screenplay, Victoria, an 8-part series about the early life of Queen Victoria – portrayed by Doctor Who alum Jenna Coleman. Daisy is not only the writer of this fascinating mini-series but is also the series creator and executive producer. She is currently working a season two of Victoria, which is currently airing on PBS here in the US.

NOTE: Viewers will be surprised to learn that Daisy had a cameo role in the Victoria mini-series as Lady Cecilia Underwood, Duchess of Inverness in the episode entitled “The Queen’s Husband.”

Daisy is married to Marcus Wilford, an ABC TV executive; they are the parents of two daughters. They live in London with their three dogs.

Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Arrow, Grimm, The Blacklist, Teen Wolf, Killjoys, Dark Matter, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Switched at Birth, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash and The Fosters (among others). She is looking forward to the limited-run returns of Prison Break and 24: Legacy as well as the debuts of Emerald City and Midnight, Texas. Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at rueben@nicegirlstv.com.