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Dafne Keen
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Dafne Keen at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Dafne María Keen Fernández

4 January 2005 (2005-01-04) (age 16)
Madrid, Spain
Occupation Actress
Years active 2014–present
Parent(s) Will Keen
María Fernández Ache

Dafne María Keen Fernández (born 4 January 2005) is a British-Spanish actress. She made her debut starring as Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver on the television series The Refugees from 2014 to 2015, before her breakthrough starring as Laura in the 2017 superhero film Logan. She received several awards, including an Empire Award for Best Newcomer, and nominations for a Critics' Choice Award and a Saturn Award. In 2019, she began starring as Lyra Belacqua in the television series His Dark Materials, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru.

Life and career

Keen was born in Madrid. She is the daughter of British actor Will Keen, and Spanish actress, theatre director and writer María Fernández Ache. Her paternal great-grandfather was Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe; her aunts are poet Alice Oswald and writer Laura Beatty.

Keen began acting in 2014, starring alongside her father in the BBC television series The Refugees, where she played Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver. The show ended in 2015 after one season.

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Keen at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival

Keen did not take on any new projects until 2 years later, when she co-starred with Hugh Jackman in the 2017 superhero film Logan as the mutant Laura, the child clone of Wolverine. The film opened to critical and financial success, and is considered to be one of the best superhero movies of all time. Keen's performance received critical acclaim, and she received several awards and nominations for her performance, which include winning an Empire Award for Best Newcomer, and receiving nominations from the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Saturn Awards, and more.

In 2019, Keen was cast in the lead role of Lyra Belacqua in the BBC/HBO television adaptation of the His Dark Materials trilogy, where she co-stars along with actress Ruth Wilson; her father is also a cast member of the series. The series has a positive reception, and Keen received praise for her performance, with The Hollywood Reporter writing "...this effort nails much of what makes the books pop, and both the special effects and a star-studded cast led by Dafne Keen and Ruth Wilson are in fine form." For the role, she was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actress in 2020.

In 2020, Keen starred alongside Andy García in the comedy-drama film Ana; the film was originally announced in 2017, but was delayed until 2020. The film opened to mixed reviews, although Keen's performance received praise. Film critic Amari commenting on her "charisma and presence" and wrote how Keen and Garcia "enhance each other's presence to the point you can forgive the film’s shortcomings."

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Logan Laura Debut role
2020 Ana Ana
The New Mutants Laura Archive footage

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2014–2015 The Refugees Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver Recurring role; 7 episodes
2019–present His Dark Materials Lyra Belacqua / Silvertongue Main role

Audio

Year Title Role Notes
2021 The Battersea Poltergeist Shirley Hitchings BBC Radio 4 podcast

Music videos

Year Title Role Artist(s)
2021 "Let it Bloom" Herself Teo Planell

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Duo (with Hugh Jackman) Logan Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Nominated
Dublin Film Critics' Circle Breakthrough Artist of the Year Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Youth Performance Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Youth Performance Nominated
2018 IGN Awards Best Supporting Performer in a Movie Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Young Performer Nominated
London Film Critics Circle Young British/Irish Performer of the Year Nominated
Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer Won
Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated
2020 BAFTA Cymru Awards Best Actress His Dark Materials Nominated
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