Daisy Ridley appeared in minor television roles and short films before being cast in the lead role of Rey in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, appearing in Star Wars The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars The Last Jedi (2017). She portrayed Mary Debenham in Murder on the Orient Express, a 2017 film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s detective novel.
Years active 2011–present
Age: 26 years and 8 months
Sun Sign Aries
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Light Brown
Height 5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
Measurements 32-23-33 in or 81-58.5-84 cm
Bra Size 32A
In 2010, Daisy graduated from Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire. She was 18 at that time.
Father – Chris Ridley (Photographer)
Mother – Louise Fawkner-Corbett
Siblings – Kika-Rose Ridley (Older Sister) (Model), Poppy Sophia Ridley (Older Sister)
Others – Arnold Ridley (Great-Uncle) (Actor and Playwright)
She has a total of 4 siblings including sisters Kika and Poppy. She is the youngest among all.
She is signed with these agencies –
Creative Artists Agency
She has appeared in Subway commercial as part of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast.
Daisy Ridley was born on 10 April 1992 in Westminster, London and grew up in Maida Vale. She is the youngest of three daughters born to Louise Fawkner-Corbett, a banker, and Christopher Ridley, a photographer. She has two older sisters, Kika Rose and Poppy Sophia. Her mother’s family, the Fawkner-Corbetts, were landed gentry with a military and medical background. Her great-uncle was Dad’s Army actor and playwright Arnold Ridley. While growing up, her favourite film was Matilda (1996), an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s story, with the title character (played by Mara Wilson in the film) a role model to her. Ridley won a scholarship to Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire, which she attended between the ages of 9 and 18. She then began reading classical civilisation at Birkbeck, University of London, before dropping out to concentrate on her acting career. Prior to being cast in The Force Awakens, Ridley worked as a bartender in two different pubs in London for nearly two years. In 2016 Ridley began studying for a Bachelor of Arts in social science through online courses with the Open University.
2013–2015: Early roles 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.
n April 2014, Ridley’s casting as Rey, one of the lead characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was announced. She was chosen 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’s 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. After an early screening of the film, Brian Viner of the Daily Mail called Ridley the “real star of the show”, adding that her performance as Rey should “send her career into orbit.” Her performance received critical acclaim, with Richard Roeper describing her portrayal as “a breakout performance” and adding “Ford has a terrific father figure chemistry shared with Ridley and John Boyega”.
2016–present: After The Force Awakens
Ridley became executive producer of the documentary The Eagle Huntress in January 2016. Director Otto Bell said of her commitment, “Like so many other theatergoers around the world, I was blown away by Daisy’s recent portrayal of an empowered female protagonist. I’m thrilled she’ll be bringing that same energy to supporting a real-world heroine who is also on an epic journey to win victory in a far away land.” The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on 24 January 2016, with Ridley narrating. She 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 an upcoming 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. Ridley reprised her role as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi opposite Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, which was released in December 2017.
In January 2018, Ridley starred in Ophelia, a reimagining of the Hamlet tale, alongside Naomi Watts and Clive Owen, in the titular role. 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 March 2019, Ridley will co-star in the Chaos Walking, an adaptation of the young adult novel by Patrick Ness, as Viola Eade opposite Tom Holland as Todd Hewitt. The project was filmed from August to November 2017. In December 2019, Ridley will reprise her role as Rey in Star Wars: Episode IX, the last film in the sequel trilogy in which she will shoot in the summer of 2018.
In early 2018, Ridley will film Daddio, a film which follows a woman who is picked up by a cab at JFK airport and driven to her apartment in Manhattan. On the way there, the woman and cabdriver begin discussing their past and current relationships and the effects those relationships have had on their lives. Additionally, Ridley will reteam with director J. J. Abrams for Kolma, a film which Abrams will produce, a supernatural drama that finds a young woman who has suffered from a car crash that killed her boyfriend. When she dies decades later, she is given the choice of returning to the day of the accident to live her life again or being reunited with her love. Ridley will star in The Lost Wife as Lanka, a Polish art student who has a love affair with her best friend’s older brother that is torn apart by the German invasion during the onset of World War 2. Ridley has also signed on to star in A Woman of No Importance, another Abrams-produced biographical political-thriller film based on the book of the same name by Sonia Purnell. Ridley will portray American heiress and super-spy Virginia Hall, who attempted to break into the ranks of the American Foreign Service in the years before World War II. Ridley will reteam with actor Josh Gad in the superhero-comedy Super-Normal, to be released by Netflix.
Ridley has a tattoo of three stars on her left foot that she got when she was 15, a tattoo of the alchemical symbol of air on her right hip, and a peace symbol tattoo behind her right ear. As of April 2016, Ridley has a dog named Muffin. Ridley supports Premier League football club Arsenal F.C. Ridley has appeared in People magazine’s World’s Most Beautiful 2016 list. Her rise to stardom saw Ridley appear on Debrett’s 2016 list of the most influential people in the UK.
Ridley suffers from endometriosis, (and also polycystic ovaries), which required her to undergo multiple laparoscopic surgeries. She said on Instagram that she was diagnosed with the condition at the age of 15, and said it caused acne that lowered her self esteem.
In August 2016, after receiving criticism for posting an anti-gun violence message on her Instagram account, Ridley deleted her Instagram account. The actress briefly returned to Instagram and said that the reason behind the deletion was because she had “a busy few months ahead and so wanted less distractions.”
Daisy first appeared in several short films in 2013, viz., Lifesaver, Blue Season, 100% BEEF, and Crossed Wires.
Next, she had a small role in the 2014 comedy film The Inbetweeners 2 for her role as Alicia. Though, her scenes were deleted from the film.
Her next appearance was in horror film Scrawl in 2015.
First TV Show
In 2013, Ridley first appeared in the BBC’s medical drama series Casualty for her role as Fran Bedingfield in just one episode entitled “And the Walls Come Tumbling Down.”
For the 2015 film, Star Wars Episode VII, she had to undergo strict diet and exercise regime to fit for the role.
She ate fish, legumes, and spirulina shakes and did workout which was very grueling for her. Daisy had to workout 5 days a week for 5 hours in a day in the gym and that too for three months regularly.
Daisy Ridley Favorite Things
Star Wars Filming Location – Abu Dhabi
Film – Matilda (1966)
Daisy Ridley Facts
She is trained in musical theatre.
Daisy is the youngest in her family.
Besides being an actress, she is also a singer, model, and dancer.
She has modeled for ASOS.
Ridley is a big fan of Carey Mulligan and Felicity Jones.
She does not have a crush on any of the male celebrities.
She voiced the role of Rey in the 2015 video game, Disney Infinity 3.0.