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"What we've seen of Rey, she looks like she can handle her stuff. So most of the comments I get are from parents who say how wonderful it is that their little girls can see this character."
―Daisy Ridley[src]

Daisy Ridley (born April 10, 1992) is a British actress who stars in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens[3] and Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi[4] as the character Rey.[9] Her involvement was first announced on April 29, 2014.[3] Ridley also voiced her character in the video games Disney Infinity 3.0[6] and LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.[7]

Prior to her casting in Episode VII, Ridley was relatively unknown, only making small appearances in British television shows, such as Casualty, Youngers, Silent Witness, Toast of London, and Mr Selfridge, as well as in two short films, Lifesaver and Blue Season. Her credits also include an appearance in the music video for the rapper Wiley's song "Lights On." Besides Episode VII, Ridley's first film debut is Scrawl.

On August 7, 2014, it was reported that Ridley would reprise her role as Rey in both Episodes VIII and IX.[10]

Ridley won Best Breakthrough Performance for her portrayal of Rey at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards.[11]

Star Wars composer John Williams cited Ridley's "enchanting performance" as Rey as a factor in his decision to return for Episode VIII, stating that he would not want another composer scoring her scenes.[12]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Goodwin, Jess (2015-01-07). Daisy Ridley: 7 Things You Might Not Know About The 'Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens' Actress. Fashion & Style. Retrieved on January 27, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 IMDb favicon Daisy Ridley at the Internet Movie Database
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Announced on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  4. 4.0 4.1 SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Episode VIII Now Filming on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  5. UTA Signs 'Star Wars' Lead Daisy Ridley. cinemablend.com (August 7 2014). Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Truitt, Brian (2015-08-28). 'Star Wars,' 'Inside Out' add to expanding 'Disney Infinity' universe. USA Today. Retrieved on December 25, 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 McMillan, Graeme (2016-05-04). 'Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Writer Talks New Mythology and Celebrity Voices. Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on August 25, 2016.
  8. Breznican, Anthony (2017-04-13). Star Wars highlights female heroes in Forces of Destiny — first look. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on April 13, 2017.
  9. Breznican, Anthony (2014-12-11). 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' character names revealed (in coolest way possible) -- exclusive. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on December 25, 2015.
  10. Fleming Jr, Mike (2014-08-07). UTA Signs 'Star Wars' Lead Daisy Ridley. Deadline. Retrieved on August 7, 2014.
  11. Park, Andrea (2016-04-10). "The Force Awakens" wins big at MTV Movie Awards 2016. CBS News. Retrieved on April 11, 2016.
  12. Kelly, Ray (2016-08-14). Review: John Williams, Boston Pops bring 'Star Wars' universe to stormy Tanglewood. MassLive. Retrieved on October 4, 2016.

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