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EXCLUSIVE Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal share an instant on-screen chemistry

They were propelled to stardom on the BBC Three show, which aired at the start of lockdown.  

And Daisy Edgar-Jones, 22, and Paul Mescal, 24, shared an instant on-screen chemistry as Marianne and Connell in footage from their first audition together. 

The pair, who won huge critical acclaim across the world in the adaptation of Sally Rooney’s 2018 novel, slipped into character during the casting on March 5 last year.  

Casting: Daisy Edgar-Jones, 22, and Paul Mescal, 24, appeared to have an instant on-screen chemistry as Marianne and Connell in footage from their first audition

The London-born actress, who perfected her Irish accent for the series, appeared with her brunette locks tied up and and wore her signature fringe in a loose style. 

Paul opted for a silver chain that was a different design from the accessory that amassed an Instagram following of 175,000 after its appearance on the 12-part series.

During the casting, Paul and Daisy appeared side-on and made minimal eye contact to mimic the complex relationship of Marianne and Connell from their school days in Sligo.

Chemistry: The pair, who won huge critical acclaim across the world in the adaptation of Sally Rooney's 2018 novel, slipped into character during the casting on March 5 last year

Chemistry: The pair, who won huge critical acclaim across the world in the adaptation of Sally Rooney’s 2018 novel, slipped into character during the casting on March 5 last year

The pair play out the scene which sees Connell comforting Marianne after his friends call her ‘ugly’ and ‘flat-chested’ in the school corridors.   

The Maynooth-born actor in his role as Connell Waldron begins: ‘If you know when I go out at the weekends or whatever I don’t go after any other girls or anything?’ 

Looking down at the floor, Daisy as Marianne responds: ‘No? They just come after you?’

‘Very funny idea about me. Stuff like this doesn’t usually happen in my life. I don’t know I am actually quite awkward around girls to be honest,’ Paul as Connell retorts. 

Perfect: The London-born actress, who perfected her Irish accent for the series, appeared with her brunette locks tied up and and wore her signature fringe in a loose style

Perfect: The London-born actress, who perfected her Irish accent for the series, appeared with her brunette locks tied up and and wore her signature fringe in a loose style

In role: Paul and Daisy appeared side-on and made minimal eye contact to mimic the complex relationship of Marianne and Connell from their school days in Sligo

In role: Paul and Daisy appeared side-on and made minimal eye contact to mimic the complex relationship of Marianne and Connell from their school days in Sligo

Daisy perfectly captures the awkwardness of Marianne at school, adding: ‘Do you not think of me as a girl?’ 

In a later scene Paul puts his arm around Daisy while in character and says: ‘I thought that you liked me?’ 

As Marianne, she responds in a meek tone: ‘I do like you.’

Daisy perfectly captures the awkwardness of Marianne at school, adding: 'Do you not think of me as a girl?'

Daisy perfectly captures the awkwardness of Marianne at school, adding: ‘Do you not think of me as a girl?’

Meanwhile Paul embodies the confidence of the gifted Gaelic football player, adding: ‘Right, well, if you met somebody that you liked more than me, I’d be p**** off. Alright?’ 

Daisy as Marianne replies: ‘You don’t mind that I am ugly and flat-chested then?’

With his arm around her, he adds: ‘I am sorry they said that to you. They don’t even think that themselves. If Eric thought that he had the slightest chance with you he would be talking very differently.’  

Normal People follows Marianne Sheridan and Connell Waldron as they navigate the difficulties of social and class dynamics during their time at high school and college. 

Life: Normal People follows Marianne Sheridan and Connell Waldron as they navigate the difficulties of social and class dynamics

Life: Normal People follows Marianne Sheridan and Connell Waldron as they navigate the difficulties of social and class dynamics

The much-loved show also broke the record for the most sex ever shown in a BBC series, after 41 minutes worth of intimate moments were aired throughout. 

Controller for BBC Three Fiona Campbell previously said of the show’s success:  ‘We’re delighted that Normal People has been such a success and so many people have come to iPlayer to watch it. 

‘From the initial read-through, the phenomenal thought and preparation the directors put into everything from the aesthetics and locations through to the costumes, we felt this incredible piece would always be unique, and it’s clear the audience thinks so too.  

‘It’s a modern masterpiece which has helped in catapulting the careers of two brilliant young actors, and we’re looking forward to bringing more drama to BBC Three in the future.’    

Rising stars: The pair won legions of fans earlier this year in their portrayal of Marianne Connell in the adaption of Sally Rooney's novel Normal People

Rising stars: The pair won legions of fans earlier this year in their portrayal of Marianne Connell in the adaption of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People

Viewers labelled the series ‘perfect’ and praised the show for ‘capturing the atmosphere of the book’, something which can often be missed in novel adapted scripts. 

Talking about how she was cast in the show, Marianne star Daisy revealed that she discovered the part after her boyfriend helped her friend with the audition.

Talking to British Vogue, she said: ‘A month or two later, I did my chemistry read with Paul. I’d never felt adrenaline like it. I thought, “Yeah, he’s perfect for Connell. Please cast me.”‘

Iconic: Normal People delighted the nation when it aired in April, with millions of viewers following the romance between Paul's character Connell Waldron and Marianne Sheridan, played by Daisy Edgar-Jones (above)

Iconic: Normal People delighted the nation when it aired in April, with millions of viewers following the romance between Paul’s character Connell Waldron and Marianne Sheridan, played by Daisy Edgar-Jones (above)

The series has also been praised for showing ‘realistic’, ‘consensual’ and ‘communicative’ sex scenes between Connell and Marianne, again something which can be missing from TV shows. 

It comes after Daisy has landed the leading role in the film adaptation of the bestselling book Where the Crawdads Sing starring as the main character Kya.    

The story follows Kya, a young woman who is abandoned by her parents and left alone to raise herself on a marsh just outside a small town in North Carolina. 

New project: Daisy Edgar-Jones has landed the leading role in the film adaptation of the bestselling book Where the Crawdads Sing

New project: Daisy Edgar-Jones has landed the leading role in the film adaptation of the bestselling book Where the Crawdads Sing

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