Daisy Ridley (age: 24) (born 10 April 1992) is an English actress. She is to appear in the lead role of Rey in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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Daisy Ridley Bio
Daisy Ridley (born 10 April 1992) is an English actress. She began her acting career by appearing in minor television roles and short films before being cast as the main protagonist, Rey, in the Star Wars sequel trilogy – first appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
Ridley began her career with minor roles in the television programmes Youngers, Toast of London, 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. Ridley played the lead in film three of Lifesaver, an interactive film which was nominated for a BAFTA Award. She has also appeared in the music video for Wiley‘s song “Lights On, playing the character of Kim.
In April 2014, Ridley’s casting as Rey, one of the lead characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was announced. She was chosen for the film in February 2014. Her choice by director J. J. Abrams was seen as a repeat of George Lucas‘s move of casting relatively unknown actors for the lead roles in the first Star Wars film in 1977, as well as the first of the Star Wars prequel trilogy in 1999. At the time of her casting she was, according to Rolling Stone, a “total unknown.” In October 2015, Ridley appeared at the launch of a set of Star Wars postage stamps issued by the UK postal service Royal Mail, with Ridley’s character Rey featuring on a stamp along with the droid BB-8. With international revenues of over $2 billion, The Force Awakens was a major box-office hit and the highest-grossing film of 2015. After an early screening of the film, Brian Viner of the Daily Mail called Ridley the “real star of the show,” adding that her performance as Rey should “send her career into orbit.” Her performance received critical acclaim, with Richard Roeper describing her portrayal as “a breakout performance”.
Ridley became executive producer of the documentary The Eagle Huntress in January 2016. Director Otto Bell said of her commitment, “Like so many other theatergoers around the world, I was blown away by Daisy’s recent portrayal of an empowered female protagonist. I’m thrilled she’ll be bringing that same energy to supporting a real-world heroine who is also on an epic journey to win victory in a far away land.” The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on 24 January 2016, with Ridley also narrating.
Ridley voiced the lead role of Taeko in the English dub of the 1991 animated film Only Yesterday, released on 1 January 2016 in New York City and throughout the US on 26 February. She will also continue her role as Rey in Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is scheduled to be released in December 2017. In August 2016, it was announced that Ridley was set to star in the movie adaptation of the young adult novel series Chaos Walking.
Ridley is one of several actors featured on Barbra Streisand‘s 2016 album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. Along with Anne Hathaway, Ridley and Streisand perform the song At The Ballet from A Chorus Line, with Ridley performing the role of Bebe, one of a trio of dancers hoping to be cast in an upcoming show.
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