Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley was born on April 10, 1992 to her parents Louise Fawkner-Corbett and Chris Ridley in Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom. She’s the youngest of five sisters, two of them from her father’s previous marriage. She graduated from the Tring Park School for Performing Arts in Hertfordshire, England in 2010, where she was trained in musical theater. Daisy also was trained in dance which included jazz, tap, ballet, and Latin American; she’s also a trained vocalist, a mezzo-soprano, in jazz and cabaret. Daisy attended Birkbeck, University of London to study classical civilization before dropping out to focus on acting.
She began acting in a few short films; first as Girl in ASOS Girl in 2012, Jo, the rescuer, in Lifesaver (an interactive film which was nominated for a BAFTA Award) and Sarah in Blue Season (which was entered into the Sci-Fi London 48-Hour Film Challenge), as well as 100% Beef and Crossed Wires, which were all released in 2013. Daisy made her first television appearance as Fran Bedingfield on “Casualty”, a BBC soap opera. Next, she appeared on “Youngsters” as Jessie. That same year, she would appear in Wiley’s music video for “Lights On.” Daisy also played a Stage Hand in an episode of “Toast of London”.
Her last role in a short film would be in 2014 as a waitress in Under before appearing on the television show “Silent Witness as Hannah Kennedy in a two-part episode. She would next play Roxy on “Mr. Selfridge”. In April, Daisy’s name would be announced to play the lead character of Rey in the next three Star Wars films. She played Hannah in Scrawl in 2015, a film about a boy writing a coming book with his best friend and finds what they’re writing is coming to life; her performance would earn her the award for Outstanding Acting Performance at the Zed Fest Film Festival. She would lend her voice to her first video game, “Disney Infinity 3.0”, as her character Rey. Just before the release of Episode VII, Daisy would appear in the segment “Star Wars Auditions” on “Saturday Night Live”, hosted by Matthew McConaughey. On December 18th, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens was released in theaters and ended up grossing over $2 billion worldwide. Her performance received critical acclaim, with Richard Roeper describing her portrayal as “a breakout performance.”
Daisy became the executive producer of The Eagle Huntress documentary in January of 2016, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival the same month. She would then lend her voice to the “Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens” video game. Daisy was a part of Barbara Streisand’s “Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway” album, in which she would perform the song “At the Ballet” from A Chrous Line with Barbara Streisand and Anne Hathaway. The same year, Daisy would start taking online courses with Open University studying social science. 2017 would bring her next film Murder on the Orient Express, where she played Miss Mary Debenhem, the film based on the Agatha Christie book of the same name. She would voice Rey in the video game “Star Wars: Battlefront II” and the television show “Star Wars: Forces of Destiny” before the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.
In 2018, Daisy would take on the role of Ophelia in the film Ophelia, the re-imagining of Hamlet told by Ophelia’s perspective. She voiced Cotton-Tail in Peter Rabbit and the short Flopsy Turvy. The short Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance would bring Daisy back to Rey before Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker was released, which would bring the Skywalker story to a close.
Daisy narrated the video game “The Dawn of Art,” guiding gamers through the Chauvet Cave located in ArdÃ¨che, France, where the earliest cave paintings were drawn. Slated for a 2021 release, she will star alongside Tom Holland in the film Chaos Walking, based on the Young Adult novel by Patrick Ness. Daisy will also be narrating the documentary Asteroid Hunters.
Her upcoming projects will include teaming back up with JJ Abrams for the fantasy thriller Kolma, where she will play Tamara Kolma; and A Woman of No Importance playing Virginia Hall, an American spy working for British Intelligence during World War II.
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