Sophie McShera is an English actress best known for her starring role as kitchen maid Daisy in the period drama television series Downton Abbey, since 2010.
She is also known for her starring role as Ros McCain in the television drama series Waterloo Road, from 2009-2010.
McShera has been acting professionally since she was 12, when by chance she was sent along with four other girls to London to audition for The Goodbye Girl.
She had spent the summer watching the American television show Saved by the Bell, which helped her pull off an American accent for her audition. Before she knew it, she was on stage at The Palladium in London and touring the country.
Afterwards, she went on to perform in theatre in the West End and had several small roles on British television, including the shows Emmerdale, Doctors and Survivors.