Last spring, Daisy Edgar-Jones appeared in the BBC’s 12-part dramatization of Normal People, the Sally Rooney novel that concerns the on-off love affair between two young Irish students. There is Marianne – played by Edgar-Jones – who begins the saga as a bookish and aloof loner, and there is Connell – played by Paul Mescal – who, while ostensibly popular and sporty, is deeply sensitive though often emotionally opaque. The two form a profound intellectual and, very quickly, sexual bond that is charted as they progress from secondary school in Co Sligo and then on to Trinity College Dublin.
There is a good chance you already know all this. The 2018 book was a best seller and the TV adaptation was the BBC’s most streamed series of 2020, with 63 million views between April and November last year. Beautifully shot and with note-perfect performances, Emmy nominations followed, and when the Golden Globes nominations were announced earlier this month, there was Edgar-Jones among the contenders for best actress in a limited series. It was great.