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Daisy Ridley Bio
Daisy Ridley (born April 10, 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. Her film debut is the 2015 independent horror film Scrawl, after her scenes from The Inbetweeners 2 were removed in the final cut.
Star Wars breakout role
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. At the time of her casting she was, according to Rolling Stone, a “total unknown.” 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. Prior to the film’s release in December 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” and adding “Ford has a terrific father figure chemistry (shared) with Ridley and (John) Boyega”.
Ridley will continue her role as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi opposite Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, which is scheduled to be released on December 15, 2017.
Ridley is to star in a film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s detective novel Murder on the Orient Express. Directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, production began in London in November 2016. In August 2016, it was announced that she is set to star in the movie adaptation of the young adult novel series Chaos Walking, with Tom Holland. In 2018, Ridley is set to star in an animated/live-action adaptation of Peter Rabbit, the central character from the children’s stories by Beatrix Potter. Many of Ridley’s projects will come out 2018 and 2019, particularly thrillers. Daisy will star and work with J.J. Abrams in Kolma, a Supernatural drama, and A Woman With No Importance, a biographical political-thriller film based on the book of the same name by Sonia Purnell, and in The Lost Wife, a romantic war-thriller that takes place during the events of World War II. Ridley will play a Polish art student who has a love affair with her best friend’s older brother and is torn apart by the German invasion. In addition, in a re-imagining of Hamlet, Ridley will star alongside Naomi Watts.
Ridley voiced the lead role of Taeko in the English dub of the Japanese animated film Only Yesterday (1991), which was released on 1 January 2016 in New York City, with a wider US release through 26 February. The film allowed Ridley to work alongside another Star Wars veteran, voice Actress Ashley Eckstein (who is known for voicing Ahsoka Tano, the most prominent female protagonist in Star Wars animation), in the role of Taeko’s sister Yaeko.
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 narrating.
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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