Daisy Donovan

Daisy Donovan
Daisy Donovan
Born 11 July 1975 (1975-07-11) (age 36)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Nationality British
Spouse Dan Mazer (2005-present)

Daisy Donovan (born 11 July 1975) is an American-born British television presenter, actress and writer.


Early life

Donovan was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA.[citation needed] Her father was fashion photographer and film director Terence Donovan; her mother Diana Donovan, is chairwoman of the English National Ballet School. She is sister to Rockstar Games founder Terry Donovan and half-sister to Big Audio Dynamite keyboard player Dan Donovan - and therefore former sister-in-law of Patsy Kensit. Donovan went to the independent St Paul's Girls School in Hammersmith, London, where she met her inspiration – the High Mistress, Baroness Brigstocke. She went to the University of Cambridge to read Classics, but found that subject was not for her and went to Edinburgh University, graduating in Performing Arts. She then studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[1]


Donovan became a receptionist, and then a runner on the first series of The Eleven O'Clock Show. The producers were looking for a female interviewer who would act straight but use comedic lines, and searched everywhere - until they tried their receptionist, the rather posh-talking Donovan. She made occasional appearance as "It Girl" Pandora Box-Grainger. In the second series she presented shorts, "Angel of Delight", in which she interviewed politicians – she once asked Denis Healey whether he would ever give Margaret Thatcher a "pearl necklace" – and got the co-host job with Iain Lee from late 1999–2000.

In 2000, Donovan was featured prominently in series one of sitcom My Family, playing Brigitte, Ben's annoying, superstitious dental assistant.

Donovan subsequently hosted quiz shows: Does Doug Know? and the eponymous Daisy Daisy, which she also wrote and produced. In 2006, Donovan presented the British Fashion awards and later presented one series of a programme based in America called Daisy Does America.

Personal life

She married long time boyfriend, the Academy Award nominated Ali G producer Dan Mazer, in 2005 in a quiet ceremony in Morocco.[2] They have 2 daughters: Maisy and Mini Ivy.[citation needed]


  • Spiceworld: The Movie (reporter, uncredited) 1997
  • Still Crazy (female reporter) 1998
  • Parting Shots 1998
  • The Eleven O'Clock Show (presenter) 1998-2000
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (Alexanda/Marina)) 1999
  • My Family BBC television comedy series 1 (Brigitte) (2000)
  • Daisy, Daisy (host) 2001
  • Does Doug Know? (host) 2002
  • Second Nature (Kristina Kane/Amy O'Brien) 2003
  • Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile for UK television (Cornelia Robson) 2004
  • Coming Up (Jen) Pillow Talk episode 2004
  • Millions (Dorothy) 2004
  • Angel's Hell (Polly) 2005
  • Daisy Does America (host) 2005
  • Death at a Funeral (Martha) 2007
  • Wild Child (Miss Rees-Withers) 2008


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