Daisy Ridley

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Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley (born 10 April 1992) is an English actress. Ridley was born in Westminster, London.

Her great-uncle was actor and playwright Arnold Ridley, of Dad's Army fame. She attended Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire, graduating in 2010 at the age of 18.

Ridley has appeared in the television programmes Youngers, Silent Witness, Mr Selfridge and Casualty. She also appeared in the short film Blue Season, which was entered into the Sci-Fi-London 48-Hour Film Challenge. She played the lead in film three of Lifesaver, an interactive film which was nominated for a BAFTA British Academy Award. She has also appeared in the music video for Wiley's song "Lights On".

In April 2014, it was announced that she will play Rey, one of the lead characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She was chosen for the film in February 2014. The casting of Ridley has generally been seen as a deliberate move from director J. J. Abrams, as he wishes to repeat the casting of relatively unknown actors for the lead roles like George Lucas did with the first Star Wars film in 1977.

After receiving several competing offers, Ridley switched from her original talent agency Jonathan Arun to the United Talent Agency in August 2014. Following a two-month stint with UTA, Ridley signed on with the Creative Artists Agency in October 2014.

MOVIE CREDITS:
2015: Rey - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2013: Sarah - Blue Season
2017: Rey - Star Wars: The Last Jedi
2015: Hannah - Scrawl
2015: Herself - Star Wars: Greatest Moments
2016: Herself - Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey
2016: Narrator (voice) - The Eagle Huntress
2020: Viola Eade - Chaos Walking
2017: Mary Debenham - Murder on the Orient Express
2018: Cottontail Rabbit (voice) - Peter Rabbit
2019: Ophelia - Ophelia
2013: Her - Crossed Wires
2013: 100% BEEF
2018: Herself - Balance Of The Force
2018: Herself - Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Scene Breakdowns
2018: Herself - The Director and The Jedi
2018: Cottontail Rabbit (voice) - Flopsy Turvy
2019: Rey - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Tamara Kolma - Kolma

TV CREDITS:
1996: Hannah Kennedy - Silent Witness
2013: Toast of London
2017: Rey (voice) - Star Wars: Forces of Destiny
2007: Herself - The Graham Norton Show