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Ridley at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley

(1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 31)
London, England
Education Tring Park School for the Performing Arts
Birkbeck, University of London (dropped out)
  • Actress
  • voice artist
Years active 2013–present
Relatives Arnold Ridley (great-uncle)

Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley (born 10 April 1992) is an English actress. She rose to prominence for her role as Rey in the Star Wars sequel trilogy: The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017), and The Rise of Skywalker (2019).

She also appeared in the mystery film Murder on the Orient Express (2017), played the title character of the romantic drama Ophelia (2018), and has done occasional voice acting, such as the live-action/animated film Peter Rabbit (2018) and video games including 12 Minutes.

Early life

Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley was born on 10 April 1992 in the London borough of Westminster, and grew up in Maida Vale. She is the youngest of three daughters born to Christopher Ridley, a photographer, and Louise (née Fawkner-Corbett), who works in internal communications for a bank. She has two older sisters, Kika Rose and Poppy Sophia, as well as two older half-sisters. Her mother's family, the Fawkner-Corbetts, were landed gentry with a military and medical background. Her paternal great-uncle, Arnold Ridley served in the military as well. He separately forged a career as a playwright and actor (and is best remembered for playing Private Godfrey in the sitcom Dad's Army). Arnold Ridley's brother, Daisy's grandfather, John Harry Dunn Ridley, OBE, was head of the Engineering Secretariat at the BBC from 1950 to 1965.

Ridley has stated that while growing up, her favourite film was Matilda (1996), referring to the titular character (played by Mara Wilson) as a role model. While not a particularly strong Star Wars fan as a youth, she dedicatedly followed the Harry Potter series.

Ridley won a scholarship to Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire, which she attended from ages nine to eighteen. She then studied classical civilisation at Birkbeck, University of London, before dropping out to focus on her acting career. Prior to being cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ridley worked for nearly two years as a bartender at two different pubs in London. In 2016, she began studying for a Bachelor of Arts in social science through online courses with the Open University.


2013–2015: Beginnings and Star Wars breakthrough

Ridley began her career with minor roles in the television programmes Youngers, Toast of London, Silent Witness, Mr Selfridge, and Casualty. She 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 also appeared in the music video for Wiley's song "Lights On", playing the character of Kim. Ridley made her film debut in the 2015 British independent horror film Scrawl, after her scenes from the British comedy film The Inbetweeners 2 were removed in the final cut.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume July 2018 27 (Rey's costume from Episode VII)
Ridley's costume from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts

In April 2014, the casting of Ridley as Rey, one of the lead characters in The Force Awakens, was announced. She was cast 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' move of casting relatively unknown actors for the lead roles in the first Star Wars film in 1977.

Ridley began filming her scenes in May 2014 at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, and prior to the film's release in December 2015, she appeared at the launch of a set of Star Wars postage stamps issued by the UK postal service Royal Mail, with her 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. Her performance received critical acclaim, with Richard Roeper describing her portrayal as "a breakout performance" and adding "[Harrison] Ford has a terrific father figure chemistry [shared] with Ridley and [John] Boyega".

2016–present: Continuing career

Ridley became the executive producer of the documentary The Eagle Huntress in January 2016, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on 24 January 2016; she also recorded narration for the film's wide release. Ridley was 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 a forthcoming show.

In 2017, Ridley portrayed Mary Debenham in Murder on the Orient Express, an adaptation of Agatha Christie's detective novel of the same name. Directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, production began in London in November 2016. She also reprised her role as Rey, opposite Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which was released in December 2017.

In January 2018, Ridley starred in the titular role in Ophelia, a reimagining of the Hamlet tale, alongside Naomi Watts and Clive Owen. The project was filmed from April to July 2017 and debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. In February 2018, Ridley voiced the role of Cottontail in Peter Rabbit, an adaptation of the children's stories of the same name by Beatrix Potter.

In December 2019, Ridley appeared as Rey in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the last film in the sequel trilogy. She is not expected to reprise her role again after this film, and is quoted as saying, "I don't think anything could top [The Rise of Skywalker] for this character." However, she does show interest in returning as the character if needed, saying "[...] never say never. I’m always open to a revisit. But also the beautiful thing is it’s this wonderful, huge universe with all of these stories that have yet to be told. I think there’s a lot of cool things to be made before any potential revisit." She also saw some truth in her co-star Boyega's claim that she would feel jealous if subsequent films were made with somebody else playing Rey.

In 2021, Ridley co-starred in the film Chaos Walking, an adaption of the young-adult novel by Patrick Ness. She played Viola Eade, opposite Tom Holland who played Todd Hewitt. The film was released on March 5, 2021. The film had been delayed occasionally due to poor test screenings that followed the film's reshoots, and later due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It received negative reviews and was a box-office flop.

She lent her voice to the point-and-click mystery video game 12 Minutes, alongside James McAvoy and Willem Dafoe. The game received positive reviews, with Ridley's performance being praised by critics. She also made a surprise appearance in Judd Apatow's 2022 movie, The Bubble, as Kate, a horny AI. The film received negative reviews.

Upcoming projects

Ridley started filming the lead role in The Marsh King's Daughter in Ontario, Canada on 7 June 2021. Filming wrapped on 6 August 2021. She has signed on for a sci-fi mystery thriller film called Mind Fall with Mathieu Kassovitz attached to direct, and is currently shooting a biopic for Disney+ titled Young Woman and the Sea in the role of Gertrude Ederle. In 2021-22 she shot an indie film titled Sometimes I Think About Dying in Astoria, Oregon, with Rachel Lambert directing and Ridley additionally serving as a first-time main producer on the project. She will voice a character in the French stop motion animated film The Inventor, set for release in 2023.

In May 2022, it was announced that Ridley would star in Magpie, a contemporary noir thriller written by her partner Tom Bateman, based on Ridley's original story idea, which is set to be directed by Sam Yates. Ridley, Bateman and Kate Solomon of 55 Films act as producers for Magpie and describe the film as a "Hitchcockian thriller that will take audiences on a genuine ride". Filming will begin in London in early 2023.

Personal life

Ridley resides in Primrose Hill, London. Since 2017, she has been in a relationship with actor Tom Bateman, whom she met on the set of Murder on the Orient Express.

In 2016, Ridley revealed she had been diagnosed with endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome at age fifteen, requiring her to undergo multiple laparoscopic surgery procedures. She states that her condition left her feeling low in self-confidence due to acne which followed. Ridley is a vegan.



Denotes productions that have not yet been released Denotes productions that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Lifesaver Jo Short film
Blue Season Sarah Short film
100% BEEF Girl Short film
Crossed Wires Her Short film
2014 Under Waitress Short film
The Quiet Ones Jane Harper / Evey Dwyer Appears in a still mock photograph in the end credits; credited as an artist
2015 Scrawl Hannah
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Rey
2016 Only Yesterday Taeko Okajima Voice role; English dub
The Eagle Huntress Narrator Documentary; also executive producer
2017 Murder on the Orient Express Mary Debenham
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Rey
2018 Ophelia Ophelia
Peter Rabbit Cottontail Rabbit Voice role
2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Rey
2020 Asteroid Hunters Narrator Documentary
2021 Chaos Walking Viola Eade
2022 The Bubble Kate Cameo
2023 The Inventor dagger Marguerite Voice role; Filming
TBA The Marsh King's Daughter dagger Helena Pelletier Post-production
Sometimes I Think About Dying dagger Fran Also producer; post-production
Young Woman and the Sea dagger Gertrude Ederle Post-production


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Casualty Fran Bedingfield Episode: "And the Walls Come Tumbling Down"
Youngers Jessie Episode: "A to B and the Apology"
Toast of London Charlotte Episode: "Vanity Project"
2014 Silent Witness Hannah Kennedy Episode: "Fraternity" (2 parts)
Mr. Selfridge Roxy Starlet Episode 2.8
2017–2018 Star Wars Forces of Destiny Rey Voice; 7 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Boy Friend Nancy Musical
2012 Dominoes Daisy

Music videos

Year Artist(s) Title
2013 Wiley "Lights On"

Video games

Year Title Voice role Ref.
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Rey
2016 Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2017 Star Wars Battlefront II
2020 The Dawn of Art Narrator
Baba Yaga Magda
2021 12 Minutes Wife

Theme park attractions

Year Title Role Venue
2019 Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Rey Disney's Hollywood Studios
Bay Lake, FL
2020 Disneyland
Anaheim, CA

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 Zed Fest Film Festival Outstanding Acting Performance
Florida Film Critics Circle FCC Breakout Award
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2016 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Breakthrough Film Artist Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association Breakthrough Award Nominated
EDA Awards Best Female Action Star Nominated
Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Nominated
Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer Won
MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Nominated
Best Hero Nominated
Best Breakthrough Performance Won
Best Fight (with Adam Driver) Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress – Sci-Fi/Fantasy Nominated
Choice Movie: Chemistry (with John Boyega) Nominated
Choice Movie: Breakout Star Won
2018 Empire Awards Best Actress
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Performance in a Movie Nominated
Best Hero Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Fantasy Movie Actress Nominated
Choice Drama Movie Actress
Murder on the Orient Express
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