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Getting to Know You… Daisy Leverington

If you’re a regular visitor to Standard Issue, you won’t need telling that we’re lucky enough to have a cracking team of contributors who we love dearly. We thought it was about time we let them introduce themselves properly. Oh hi there, Daisy Leverington.

imageedit_3_4335260894Name: Daisy Leverington

Age: 33

Location: Derbyshire

Official job title: Actor and Duty Manager

What was the first thing you wanted to be? A mounted police officer, so I could ride a horse and get paid at the same time.

When did you know you wanted to be what you are now? I’m still not sure if I want to be what I am now. I don’t really know what I am.

What’s your strongest memory from school/education? Getting to school before everyone else because my mum started work early and hiding from the teachers in the loos.

When you’re not working, what else do you like to do? Getting some quality luge practice on my sofa.

What has been your proudest creative moment to date? Receiving lots of messages from other mums who read my Standard Issue columns.

What was your favourite day at work? I just filmed a sitcom with a dog in it, so every day with that dog, basically. The entire cast and crew were like kids when a dog gets into the playground at break time.

What would you like to erase from your past? The nun rap I did in assembly in year 7.

What brings you the most joy? Hearing my daughter read. It’s like magic.

What makes you angry? Everything. I’m a very angry person, generally. Loud breathing, loud eating and bad driving all make me go a bit DAISY SMASH.

Professionally, who has been your biggest inspiration? Anyone who can make me laugh. Billy Connolly, Sarah Millican and Rik Mayall are at the top of my list.

“My husband has a doctorate in sword fighting. Really. I’d never met a doctor of fighting before so I let him knock me up.”

Have you ever met someone who made you go weak at the knees? My husband once sprained my ankle during a fight move called the Irish Whip, but my knees were fine. So, no.

What advice would you give a woman who wants a career like yours? It’s fine to say no as much as you want.

How do you define success? Paying the rent on time and keeping school uniform clean.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever had? Listen.

What’s your favourite photograph of yourself? Here’s me in a show in 2010. It really brings out my cheekbones.

Daisy as a jesterWhere did you go on your favourite holiday? Butlins, Skegness 2015.

Who can’t you live without? Emma. The best friend a girl could ask for. Total babe too.

What can’t you live without? The sight of Daryl Dixon’s arms.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Probably the nun rap.

Who is your favourite person? I think my husband is pretty awesome. He has a doctorate in sword fighting. Really. I’d never met a doctor of fighting before so I let him knock me up.

Who’s your favourite animal? I have two cats, Spike and Willow. They are both ace, but Spike does more stupid stuff for me to photograph.

Daisy's cat Spike looking guiltyWhich song could be used to soundtrack your life so far? Up the Wolves by The Mountain Goats.

What are your favourite three articles at Standard Issue? Sadie Hasler’s article about her dad; Dotty Winters talking about female board members and Jo Caulfield’s life on the road.

Which question would you have liked to have answered in this questionnaire, but weren’t asked? Will there ever be a person born who can swim faster than a shark?


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