HILARIOUS BBC3 mockumentary sitcom This Country follows cousins Kerry and Kurtan as they try to find themselves in a sleepy Cotswolds village.

The Bafta award-winning comedy centres around the Muclowe cousins and their families – but fans are desperate to know if the characters are related in real life. Here’s everything you need to know…

 Cousins Kurtan and Kerry in BBC3 show This Country are actually real-life siblings

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Cousins Kurtan and Kerry in BBC3 show This Country are actually real-life siblingsCredit: BBC

Who is in the cast of This Country?

Main characters Kerry (Daisy Cooper) and Kurtan (Charlie Cooper) Muclowe are close cousins on the show but are actually real-life siblings.

Brother and sister duo Daisy and Charlie are the creators as well as the stars of the BBC3 comedy sitcom and they also found roles for a some other real-life family members too.

The siblings were born and raised in Cirencester, Gloucestershire and it was their upbringing in the town that inspired the cult series This Country.

The mockumentary sitcom was first broadcast in February 2017 and won two Baftas in 2018 for Best Scripted Comedy and Best Female Comedy Performance for Daisy.

 Actress Daisy May Cooper plays lead character Kerry in This Country

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Actress Daisy May Cooper plays lead character Kerry in This CountryCredit: BBC

Daisy May Cooper as Kerry

34-year-old writer and actress Daisy plays lead character Kerry and also voices her mum on the show (although we never see her on screen).

She landed her first big TV role as a young mother in ITV series Doc Martin but then returned to the West Country where she worked as a cleaner with younger brother Charlie (who plays Kurtan).

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In 2014 she landed the role of PC Garvey in TV series The Wrong Mans and in the same year she pitched the pilot for This Country she wrote with her brother.

In 2019 Daisy starred as Peggotty in The Personal History of David Copperfield alongside Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie and Tilda Swinton.

 Charlie Cooper stars as Kurtan in This Country

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Charlie Cooper stars as Kurtan in This CountryCredit: BBC

Charlie Cooper as Kurtan

Younger brother of Daisy, 30-year-old Charlie co-wrote This Country and stars alongside his big sis in the BBC comedy as Lee ‘Kurtan’.

Brought up in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, he and Daisy started making films with their mum’s camcorder.

He dropped out of Exeter University to live with his sister in London who was at dram school RADA and they began writing together.

Charlie has also appeared in 2019 ITV crime series A Confession as Kevin Reape.

 This Country won two Baftas in 2018 for Best Scripted Comedy and Best Female Comedy Performance for Daisy

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This Country won two Baftas in 2018 for Best Scripted Comedy and Best Female Comedy Performance for DaisyCredit: BBC

Paul Cooper as Martin Mucklowe

Daisy and Charlie’s real dad plays Kerry’s father and Kurtan’s uncle in the BBC series.

 The sibling's real-life uncle Trevor plays Kerry and Kurtan’s town nemesis, Len in This Country

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The sibling’s real-life uncle Trevor plays Kerry and Kurtan’s town nemesis, Len in This CountryCredit: Rex Features

Trevor Cooper as Len Clifton

Daisy and Charlie’s real-life uncle Trevor plays Kerry and Kurtan’s town nemesis, Len.

Trevor’s real-life brother Paul plays Kerry’s dad in the show.

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 Actress Ashley McGuire plays intimidating character Big Mandy in This Country

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Actress Ashley McGuire plays intimidating character Big Mandy in This CountryCredit: BBC

Ashley McGuire as Big Mandy Harris

Ashley McGuire plays scary Big Mandy and you may recognise her as a Death Eater from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

The actress and director has also starred in various other TV shows including Man Down, Miranda and Derek.

 Daisy and Charlie's upbringing inspired the cult series This Country

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Daisy and Charlie’s upbringing inspired the cult series This CountryCredit: WARNING: Use of this image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures’ Digital Picture

Mark Kempner as Terry Clarke

Mark plays the manager of a club house where Kurtan works behind the bar.

The 62-year-old actor appeared in a 2014 episode of Doctor Who and has been on TV in Peep Show, Holby City and EastEnders.

 Actress Holly Atkins plays Sandra in BBC show This Country

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Actress Holly Atkins plays Sandra in BBC show This CountryCredit: Rex Features

Holly Atkins as Sandra Prounty

In the show Holly plays Sandra – the long-suffering girlfriend of Martin Mucklowe (Kerry’s father) and mother of Kerry’s half brothers.

 This Country character Slugs was actually based on Michael Sleggs

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This Country character Slugs was actually based on Michael SleggsCredit: BBC

The 47-year-old actress has also starred in Call the Midwife, Casualty, Doctors and Witless.

Michael Sleggs as Slugs

Michael was a long-term friend of creators Daisy and Charlie and his character Slugs, was actually based on him.

Michael sadly passed away last July at the age of 33 due to heart failure.

Their friend tragically died just three weeks before they were due to begin filming the new series.

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 Actor Paul Chahidi plays local vicar Francis Seaton in This Country

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Actor Paul Chahidi plays local vicar Francis Seaton in This CountryCredit: BBC

Paul Chahidi as Reverend Francis Seaton (The Vicar)

Actor Paul plays the cousin’s unwavering mentor, local vicar Francis Seaton.

After years of successful roles in theatre, Chahidi has landed major parts on the big screen including The Death of Stalin, Disney’s Christopher Robin and in TV series Good Omens alongside Jon Hamm, David Tennant and Michael Sheen.

 Stars of This Country Daisy Cooper and Charlie Cooper are brother and sister in real life

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Stars of This Country Daisy Cooper and Charlie Cooper are brother and sister in real lifeCredit: Getty – Contributor

How are the cast of This Country related in real life?

Kerry (Daisy Cooper) and Kurtan (Charlie Cooper) Muclowe are cousins on the show but are actually real-life siblings.

Brother and sister duo Daisy and Charlie are the writers as well as the stars of the BBC3 comedy sitcom and plenty of other real-life family members star alongside them.

Daisy and Charlie’s real father plays their on-screen uncle Martin Mucklowe, but real-life uncle is Len Clifton who stars as  local nemesis Trevor Cooper in the show.

 The third series of This Country returns tonight on BBC One at 10.35pm

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The third series of This Country returns tonight on BBC One at 10.35pmCredit: WARNING: Use of this copyright image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures’ Digit

When is This Country on TV?

This Country series three begins TONIGHT, February 17, 2020 on BBC One at 10.35pm.

The third and final series will run for six episodes.

You can catch previous series and episodes after broadcast on BBC iPlayer.





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