Daisy Edgar-Jones reveals important lesson on fame from Big Brother creator father

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Daisy Edgar-Jones is the daughter of Philip Edgar-Jones, who was the creative director of Big Brother for a decade.
Daisy Edgar-Jones is the daughter of Philip Edgar-Jones, who was the creative director of Big Brother for a decade. (Getty Images)

Daisy Edgar-Jones has revealed the important lesson on fame given to her by her Big Brother creator father.

The actress, 23, is the daughter of Philip Edgar-Jones, a Sky executive who was previously the creative director of the reality TV series for a decade.

He was responsible for the "talk of doom" where he warned aspiring contestants about how their lives would change after appearing on the show – and often not in the best way.

Speaking to The Sunday Times' Style magazine about her own advice from him, she said: “They call it ‘notions’ in Ireland.

"It’s just being aware that it [fame] is all so silly, that the joy of it is in the making of something.

"And everything else that comes out is out of your control and not worth worrying about.”

Edgar-Jones achieved almost overnight success after appearing in the TV series Normal People early in the pandemic – for which she received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations.

She is next set to star in the film Where the Crawdads Sing, which is being executive produced by Reese Witherspoon.

Of how the role of lonely character Kya has impacted her – particularly while being away from home filming in North Carolina – Edgar-Jones said: “I didn’t realise how much [that tension] could permeate into your own life. Your body doesn’t know it’s not real.”

Describing herself as a "good girl", the star admitted she had a tendency towards "stressing out".

She added: "But your twenties are for discovery and mistakes, and I’m a bit of a hot mess too.

"I take the pressure off by reminding myself that I mean well and that I try to be a good person. But if you mess up, you mess up.”

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