Friday, 5 August 2011

Character Profile: Kerry Davison

One of the original core members of the popular posse, Kerry Davison has always been at the very centre of the clique. Along with her closest frenemy, Meredith Harper, there's absolutely no doubt in anyone's mind that Kerry belongs in the it-crowd and if Meredith is its queen, then Kerry is very much its princess. Her life, in short, is utterly delightful. She knows this.


FULL NAME: Kerry Faith Davison

BIRTHDAY: September 7th

HOME TOWN: Hillsborough, County Down, BT26


RELIGION: Christian - Protestant (Presbyterian)

PLACE OF WORSHIP: House of Fraser.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT: Potentially the moment she got caught in a rain storm in third year on a school Geography trip and her curls frizzed to the point that Imogen walked behind her for the rest of the day singing the opening chorus from "The Circle of Life."


FATHER: Paul Davison, businessman who lives half the year in Argentina (58)

MOTHER: Janet Davison, interior decorator (46)

SIBLINGS: Helen (22) and Victoria (19)


PRIMARY SCHOOL:  Rathkeltair House Prep, Malone (Age 4 - 6)
Hillsborough Primary School (Age 6 - 11) 
SECONDARY SCHOOL: Mount Olivet Grammar School (Age 11 - now)


FORM TEACHER: Mrs Vaughn (Spanish department)
G.C.S.E subjects: Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, English Literature, English Language, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Religion, History, Business Studies and Spanish


BEST FRIENDS: Imogen Dawson and Cameron Matthews

PAST BOYFRIENDS: Kerry is famously so picky when it comes to men. Cher's quote about shoes in Clueless deffers springs to mind. In second year, she did briefly date Matty Kilbride, one of the guys in her year, but she broke up with him 3 weeks into it because he burped in front of her and she was so disgusted she proclaimed she could never look at him again without vomiting in her own mouth. She  also dated Robbie McIlwaine, a guy in the year above, who she broke up with after nine days due to reasons she said were 'complicated,' but which may, in fact, have been boredom-related.

CURRENT CRUSH: None, really. Rumour has it that Peter Sullivan (hotty on the First XVs, serious playah) has a crush on her. But, I mean, obviously.


PERSONAL HEROES: Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France (1755 - 1793), Carrie Bradshaw, Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011) and Scarlett O'Hara

FAVOURITE COLOUR: Are you joking?

FAVOURITE TV SHOW/S: Sex and the City, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Glee, Keeping up with the Kardashians

FAVOURITE MOVIE/S: Sex and the City, Sex and the City 2, Marie Antoinette, Cindarella, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid


  1. Hi Gareth,

    Hope I'm not driving you mad on your various blogs! Asking all these questions..

    I am considering as you know applying to Cambridge (or perhaps Oxford) for entry in 2012. I was considering writing an academic thesis on the fall of Katherine Howard, could you give me any useful advice for going about writing this so that it reads well for internationally acclaimed professors?

    I am also going to buy Fraser's 'Marie Antoinette', do you know if it's a worthwhile read?

    Also sent you an email - it's just if you're not busy. Hope all is going well!

  2. Hi Conor,

    I'll reply this weekend, if that's okay? It's been a very busy few weeks, with rehearsals for the stageshow.

    Antonia Fraser's biography of Marie-Antoinette is excellent, although I don't agree at all academically with her assessment of the queen's relationship with count von Fersen, it's still a well-researched and beautifully written book.

    I'm doing my own MA thesis on Catherine Howard's household - its creation, dynamic and personalities. I'd maybe stay away from using the word 'thesis' for an application, because at Oxford that carries connotations of the huge undertaking you'd have to do in final year. It should be a shorter paper, aiming to about 3000 words and it should perhaps have a specific angle - the most obvious in Catherine's case being, did she do it? If you prefer to go purely narrative, it'd be worth pointing out that you're aware Catherine in and of herself does not have the same historical importance as Anne Boleyn, nor is there anything like the same academic interest/debate in the nature of their respective downfalls. However, Catherine's case can offer a fascinating fusion of personality and politics in Henrician politics. Make sure you read the core secondary texts - chief amongst them being Lacey Baldwin Smith's biography of Catherine, acknowledge David Starkey's new translation and interpretation of Culpepper's confession and avoid citing any historian who could be perceived as 'popular' - MacCulloch, Smith, Loades, Starkey, Gunn, Scarisbrick, Guy, Warnicke, Ives and James are safe bets.

  3. Hi Gareth,

    Thanks for your advice, really helpful! I decided not to do a 'thesis' or extended essay - over the summer I've had to do an Extended Project, so hopefully that, along with my personal statement, will prove my interest in history.

    You may be happy to know that I have decided to go with Oxford, and I think I'll apply there, why not? The only thing that worries me is the HAT, but hopefully I'll be able to get the hang of it.

    Also I see that St Johns is the top College academically, so you're obviously really bright.

    Glad to see everything is going well!


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