Before We Die: Channel 4 release trailer for drama

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Before We Die is an intense crime drama series on Channel 4 and the TV hit has kept fans on the edge of their seats. The Scandi-Noir inspired series stars Issy Knopfler as Bianca Mimica – the youngest child of the Mimica family. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about the actress’s famous father.

Who is Issy Knopfler’s dad?

Issy Knopfler is a young actress and producer who is known for her roles in Before We Die, and Two.

She has also taken on a title role in a project called And Anne, which is in pre-production.

The star has taken on roles in a number of shorts, with Before We Die being her big break.

She is the daughter of Mark Knopfler, a British singer and guitarist who was the lead singer of the rock band Dire Straits.

He left the band in 1987 to pursue a solo career and remains an independent artist.

His band regrouped in the early 90s but parted ways again in 1995.

He worked for three years as a college lecturer straight out of university, before forming the band with younger brother David.

Their album, titled Brothers in Arms, has been named as one of the bestselling albums in music history.

After leaving the band, he released nine solo albums and composed film scores for a number of big-screen hits.

He has also produced albums for the likes of Tina Turner and Bob Dylan.

The star made Rolling Stone’s top 100 guitarists of all time and he has won four Grammy Awards.

The highly successful musician made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Knopfler has twin sons, as well as two daughters – one of which is actress Issy, born in 1998.

His youngest daughter, Katya, was born in 2003 and the rockstar remains a family man at heart.

The stars’ website says: “The most meticulous and gifted of craftsmen, Mark Knopfler is known to one and all as the genius guitarist, singer and writer whose new take on country, folk and British roots launched the meteoric rise of Dire Straits – and kept them at the top of the pile when music tastes changed.

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“Knopfler’s vision never faltered. He wasn’t new wave and he was only briefly pub rock.

“His star was set much higher and his solo career since 1983 has given us gem after gem, from the opening salvo of his first film soundtrack, Local Hero, through to glorious solo entries like Privateering and 2018’s Down The Road Wherever.”

His daughter Issy, or Isabella, took on her first acting role in 2019, in End Point.

Over the years that followed she took on roles in Egerton, Tully, Elm and Richardson.

She may come from a famous family, but father Mark loves nothing better than spending time with his wife and children.  

Issy, 22, grew up in London with her father and she inherited his love for Rock and Roll.

She even asked him to perform at Glastonbury Festival, which she regularly attends.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Mark compared writing songs to parenting children.

He said: “The song is the king – the song is in charge of you. And then it goes off and has its own life.

“It goes off to college, hopefully. Then you don’t hear it talking to you any more. It’s gone.”

He said there was “nothing in the world as sweet as a little girl”.

Before We Die airs on Channel 4 and All4. 

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