Thoroughly modern farmer Pip has big ideas, but keeps her head on her shoulders… except where love is concerned.
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Named after her paternal grandfather Phil Archer, Philippa inherited some of his musical talent and took an unusual mix of Biology, Music and Business Studies at A-Level.
At Felpersham University she partied hard and nearly failed her first year. On graduating, to everyone’s surprise, she was offered a top agri-business job, only to walk out after a week and talk her dad into employing her at Brookfield.
Pip’s a natural with the dairy herd, sheep and beef cattle, and during the flood her quick thinking saved the Brookfield dairy. However, her halo slipped when she covered up her part in an IBR outbreak at Bridge Farm and Home Farm. Her then boyfriend Toby Fairbrother convinced her not to own up, and their relationship fell apart shortly afterwards.
The two are now tied together in a way neither of them expected with Pip becoming pregnant and the baby due some time at the end of July 2018. As she anticipated the scariest part of all of this was telling David that she was having a baby with Toby Fairborther.
More about Pip
Milking’s done!Pip Archer
- Likes: Young Farmers’ discos, Lakey Hill
- Dislikes: Having her life choices questioned by her family, cooking
- Highs: Getting her degree, saving the dairy
- Lows: Granny Heather’s death, inadvertently causing spread of IBR
Daisy on Pip
Pip is a young lady of relentless ambition. I admire her ability to pair her passion for Brookfield with a fearlessness of progression.
Daisy graduated from LAMDA in 2014 and the part of Pip is her first appearance on radio. She comes from farming stock and grew up in a little village in Worcestershire – deep in the heart of Archers territory. So the prospect of being part of the show was more than a little bit surreal.
Daisy writes: My granddad on my dad's side was a market gardener in the Vale of Evesham (fruit orchards and vegetables for markets) but now some of that land is woodland conservation land and a couple of beautiful trout fishing lakes. My uncle on my mum's side used to be a sheep farmer. Now he's a gardener and grows niche products like chillies.
I was incredibly nervous to record for the first time (only because I care so much) and so I asked to come into the studio early to watch how the pros do it, before I got in front of the mic. And it is magic to watch my colleagues (wow it is cool to say “colleagues”) at work. Radio is such an imaginative form of entertainment. It was fascinating to watch how the episodes are put together.
My hope is that under the The Archers’ guidance I’ll be able to contribute as much to the show as those voices I have heard on the wireless growing up.
Other career highlights
Pretty much The Archers audition. I met Tim and Felicity (my mum and dad in the show) to read with them. Beforehand we had a bit of a chat and introductions, but the moment we got to reading they suddenly became Ruth and David and I had a moment of quiet awe.
I'd still like to...
...pack up a tent and a box of matches and walk the Great Glen Way.
- Actor - A pretty inspiring moment for me aged 17 was watching Harriet Walter as Cleopatra. She’s got to be up there.
- Book - The book I have read the most is actually a Jeanette Winterson, Written On The Body. Although Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and the Damned is one I read over one summer and it has lingered with me.
- Film - If we’re talking guilty pleasure: Bridget Jones.