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Dafne Keen at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Dafne María Keen Fernández
4 January 2005
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.
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."
|The New Mutants||Laura||Archive footage|
|2014–2015||The Refugees||Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver||Recurring role; 7 episodes|
|2019–present||His Dark Materials||Lyra Belacqua / Silvertongue||Main role|
|2021||The Battersea Poltergeist||Shirley Hitchings||BBC Radio 4 podcast|
|2021||"Let it Bloom"||Herself||Teo Planell|
Awards and nominations
|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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