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Overview (3)

Born in London, England, UK
Birth NameDaisy Jazz Isobel Ridley
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley is an English actress. She is best known for her breakthrough role as "Rey" in the 2015 film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Daisy was born in Westminster, London, on April 10, 1992. She is the daughter of Louise Fawkner-Corbett and Chris Ridley. Her great-uncle was Arnold Ridley, an English actor, playwright, and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), who was best known for his authorship of the play, "The Ghost Train", and his role as "Private Godfrey" in the British sitcom, Dad's Army (1968). Daisy attended the Tring Park School for Performing Arts, located in Hertfordshire, England, where she trained in musical theater and graduated in 2010, at the age of 18. Aside from acting, her talent repertoire includes ballet, jazz dancing, Latin American, and tap. Her vocal range is mezzo-soprano, where she is notably skilled in jazz and cabaret singing. Upon graduation, Daisy was hired in a number of roles in television, film, and music. She was cast to play "Jessie" in the British comedy-drama, Youngers (2013). In 2013, she played "Fran Bedingfield" in the BBC series, Casualty (1986), and as "Charlotte" in the British comedy, Toast of London (2012). In 2014, she played opposite to Jeremy Piven as "Roxy Starlet" in the second season of the ITV series, Mr Selfridge (2013), and as "Hannah Kennedy" in two episodes of the BBC crime drama, Silent Witness (1996). She further had roles in short films, including Scrawl, 100% Beef, and Crossed Wires. She was featured in Blue Season, which was entered into the Sci-Fi-London 48-Hour Film Challenge, and Lifesaver, which was nominated for a BAFTA Award. She also appeared in Wiley's British rap music video, Lights On. In April 2014, it was announced that Daisy was cast to play the heroine main protagonist, Rey, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first film in the new trilogy of the Star Wars franchise. Since its release in December 2015, the J.J. Abrams directed movie has received critical acclaim and became the fastest movie, ever, to reach $1 billion at the box office, worldwide. In August 2015, it was announced that she would play the lead role of Taeko in the English dub of the 1991 animated film, Only Yesterday, which is set to be released in 2016. In December 2015, it was announced that Daisy will reprise her role as Rey in the eighth Star Wars film, which will start filming in January 2016 and is scheduled for release in 2017.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Danilo Tadeo, Jr.

Ridley began her career with minor roles in the television show, Youngers (2013), Toast of London (2012), Silent Witness (1996), Mr Selfridge (2013) and Casualty (1986). She also appeared in the short film Blue Season (2013), 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".

In April 2014, Ridley's casting as "Rey", one of the lead characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), 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' move of casting relatively unknown actors for the lead roles in the first Star Wars film in 1977. 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 voiced the lead role of Taeko in the English dub of the animated film Only Yesterday (1991), released on 1 January 2016 in New York City and scheduled for release throughout the US on 26 February. She will also continue her role as Rey in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), which is scheduled to be released in December 2017.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Trade Mark (5)

Bright smile with dimples
Warm, slightly low-pitched voice
Slim yet athletic figure
Hazel-green, almond-shaped eyes
Light-hearted presence

Trivia (17)

She was cast in Youngers (2013) straight out of school.
Her great uncle is actor Arnold Ridley who played Godfrey in the long running British sitcom Dad's Army (1968).
Trained as a dancer and singer at the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.
She appears in the music video for the song "Lights On" by Wiley (feat Angel & Tinchy Stryder). The song was released in 2013.
Her character Rey is featured on a Star Wars postage stamp issued in October 2015 by the UK Royal Mail postal service..
She has a tattoo of three stars on her left foot that she got when she was 15, a tattoo of the alchemical symbol of air on her upper right thigh, and a peace symbol tattoo behind her right ear.
Is the youngest child of 5 sisters.
She cried after watching the trailer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) for the first time.
Is left-handed. Could also be considered "cross-dominant" as displayed in Star Wars; she writes/eats with her left hand, but shoots and uses her staff with her right hand.
Won "Best Breakthrough Performance" at the MTV Movie Awards on her 24th birthday.
Since August 2016, she has her own wax figure featured in Madame Tussaud's wax museum. The sculpture is based on her character Rey and has been revealed during the Star Wars Celebration Europe in July 2016.
In 2016, she recorded the song "At the Ballet", along with Barbra Streisand and Anne Hathaway. The song is featured on the album "Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway", which was released in August 26, 2016.
In 2012, about a year before her acting career took off, she appeared in a TV commercial for the British supermarket chain Morrisons.
She is a fan of The Great British Baking Show (2010).
When Prince William and Prince Harry visited the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) at Pinewood Studios, Daisy was assigned to escort them on a VIP tour of the Star Wars sound stage facilities.
Prior to acting, she worked as a bartender in London.
Is allergic to cats.

Personal Quotes (16)

[About where she grew up] London. And somebody did ask me if me and John [Boyega] got on because we're from the same place. We're not from the same place. He's from South London, I'm from West.
[About the Star Wars Celebration event] I didn't think of it like that until dinner last night when somebody mentioned how many people might be watching. It was so cool to be part of a film that is loved so much, and then to be able to launch in that sphere with just fans and people who love what we're doing and are so excited about what's going to come in December, that was the best way to come out, as it were.
[About her family] I've got sisters. I'm the youngest of actually five. We have been watching the movies again, and my middle sister is super excited. Last year when we were filming, everyone came round and we had dinner and watched Episode IV, A New Hope, which was super cool.
[on her favourite location while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens] Weirdly enough, probably Abu Dhabi, even though it was so hot, it was like you literally can't imagine that heat. The feeling of stepping onto a real set for the first time, it genuinely was a baptism of fire. To see creatures walking around and speeders chilling in the sand, that was amazing, and because I was shooting there, it was like everything had built up to that moment. So a few days in, I was like, OK. I'm getting my groove now.
My great uncle was in Dad's Army. And I don't know if Americans will know that. It was a hugely popular show in England. They're redoing it as a film. Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore [in the Harry Potter movies], is playing who my great uncle played. Both my parents are creative. My dad did act when he was younger, but they're both very creative." [...] "My mum works in internal communications at a bank, and my dad's a photographer.
[About her video reel being deleted] That was actually me! I wanted it to be so people could just concentrate on this. I'm so proud of what I've done before, but I wanted it to feel fresh. Which is what I think everyone else wanted, because everyone wanted just to see me as Rey and not as the people I've played before, even though the jobs I've done before are amazing and obviously led me to this incredible point. So here I am.
I went to a school called Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. I went because initially I was very naughty, and my mom thought if I was busy, I'd be better. And I didn't really do acting until later on in the school, with an amazing teacher. I left, went traveling, came back. And then it all kind of went from there.
[on auditioning for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)) I had heard about the role quite a while before I auditioned, and I emailed my agent that I have this really weird feeling; I really feel like I need to audition. Then months went by and the same people were reading for it. But I still really had this feeling of needing to read for it. So I emailed my agent again for an audition. I had four or five auditions over seven months, and it was a very emotional time. My first few auditions really didn't feel good, but my last audition suddenly felt like something clicked. You're so desperate to get a role, but I felt like even if I didn't get it, I did a good job, I'd done myself proud.
What we've seen of Rey, she looks like she can handle her stuff. So most of the comments I get are from parents who say how wonderful it is that their little girls can see this character.
The thing about Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) is that every single person is important. Even though Rey is a big role, everyone influences everyone. If that wasn't so, why would so many people remember Admiral Ackbar?
Sadly, people think a guy and a girl can't be friends without something romantic going on.
Rey is so strong. She's cool and smart and she can look after herself. Young girls can look at her and know that they can wear trousers if they want to. That they don't have to show off their bodies.
I love Felicity Jones. It was funny because I went to go see the 'Rogue One' set, and I was like, 'Oh my God, I love you.' And she's so tiny, and elegant, and she's just so small. Everyone's so much smaller than they seem.
Your life goes on, and then your life goes on plus 'Star Wars'. It's just been an incredible time.
When I feel comfortable, I just like to sing and hum, and I don't even know I'm doing it. But sometimes someone will come over to me like, 'I love that song you were singing, but it's distracting.'
I can knit quite well. I make really long scarves.

Salary (1)

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) $450,000 + percentage of box office

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