"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."
―Daisy Ridley[src]

Daisy Ridley (born April 10, 1992) is a British actress who stars in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.[2] Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi[3] and Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker as the character Rey.[4]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Ridley was born Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley in Westminster, London on April 10, 1992, the daughter of the banker Louise Fawkner-Corbett and the photographer Christopher Ridley. She has two older sisters, Kika Rose and Poppy Sophia. Her great-uncle was the actor Arnold Ridley.[source?]

Star Wars[edit | edit source]

Her involvement with the Star Wars saga was first announced on April 29, 2014.[2] Ridley also voiced her character in the video games Disney Infinity 3.0,[5] LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens,[6] and Star Wars: Battlefront II as well as doing the voice in the television series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny.[7]

On August 7, 2014, it was reported that Ridley would reprise her role as Rey in both Episodes VIII and IX.[8]

Ridley won Best Breakthrough Performance for her portrayal of Rey at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards.[9]

Star Wars composer John Williams cited Ridley's "enchanting performance" as Rey as a factor in his decision to return for Episode VIII, stating that he would not want another composer scoring her scenes.[10]

Work in Star Wars[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. Goodwin, Jess (2015-01-07). Daisy Ridley: 7 Things You Might Not Know About The 'Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens' Actress. Fashion & Style. Archived from the original on December 22, 2016. Retrieved on January 27, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 StarWars.com Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Announced on StarWars.com (backup link)
  3. StarWars.com Star Wars Episode VIII Now Filming on StarWars.com (backup link)
  4. Breznican, Anthony (2014-12-11). 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' character names revealed (in coolest way possible) -- exclusive. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. Retrieved on December 25, 2015.
  5. Truitt, Brian (2015-08-28). 'Star Wars,' 'Inside Out' add to expanding 'Disney Infinity' universe. USA Today. Archived from the original on May 8, 2020. Retrieved on December 25, 2015.
  6. McMillan, Graeme (2016-05-04). 'Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Writer Talks New Mythology and Celebrity Voices. Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 29, 2019. Retrieved on August 25, 2016.
  7. Breznican, Anthony (2017-04-13). Star Wars highlights female heroes in Forces of Destiny — first look. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on April 2, 2020. Retrieved on April 13, 2017.
  8. Fleming Jr, Mike (2014-08-07). UTA Signs 'Star Wars' Lead Daisy Ridley. Deadline. Archived from the original on January 9, 2020. Retrieved on August 7, 2014.
  9. Park, Andrea (2016-04-10). "The Force Awakens" wins big at MTV Movie Awards 2016. CBS News. Archived from the original on July 3, 2016. Retrieved on April 11, 2016.
  10. Kelly, Ray (2016-08-14). Review: John Williams, Boston Pops bring 'Star Wars' universe to stormy Tanglewood. MassLive. Archived from the original on September 4, 2019. Retrieved on October 4, 2016.

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