- Eye ColorBrown Eyes
- Hair ColorBrunettes
- HometownWestminster, United Kingdom
About Daisy Ridley
Becoming a successful actress usually means following a familiar path: Secure a few acting roles—whatever you can get your hands on. Slowly but surely develop a reputation for comedic greatness, dramatic moments—whatever you’re going for. Then, build it from the ground up.
And then there’s the path that’s familiar to just a few: Have producer J.J. Abrams pluck you from relative obscurity to star in his next Star Wars film, and rack up award nomination upon award nomination while watching your social media follower numbers jump by leaps and bounds. Daisy Ridley is one of those few.
After starring as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the highest-grossing film of all-time, Daisy found her face on a U.S. postage stamp, top critics praising her performance and college boys she’d never met asking her to a spring formal. (A few months after the big movie debuted, a guy from Davidson College choreographed and sang in a video invitation he tweeted to her. Daisy declined with a handwritten note she posted a photo of in response.)
She’s signed up to appear as Rey for the entire series. Since the first one debuted, she’s voiced a character in the English release of the anime film Only Yesterday, a massive movie in Japan.
She wasn’t always sure she could handle it. (Maybe she still isn’t.) “Maybe I should pretend like I’m not insecure,“ she said in an interview with Elle. “But I really am. I’ve been asked, ‘So, what is it about you?’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t know!’ I really don’t. It always felt right, but there’s been a battle of, ‘Oh God, can I do this?’”
She didn’t come onto the scene without skills, though. She studied at a performing arts school for almost her entire childhood. Acting runs in her family, too. Her great uncle was English actor Arnold Ridley.
“My favorite film was Matilda,” Daisy told Carrie Fisher in an interview for Page, adding that Carrie is one of the actors Daisy looks up to most. “I aspired to be like her. I wanted to be a girl who could make a jug of water tip into a glass.
“My film knowledge is pretty shocking. I’m trying to correct that.”