Who Is Daisy Ridley? Meet The Newest Star In J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Universe

By Sean O'Connell 2014-07-06 13:18:38discussion comments
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So many of the names were familiar. Forget Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. We knew those original stars would surface in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. We’re more fascinated by the names that caught us off guard, despite having months to plan. John Boyega turned heads in the suburban sci-fi thriller Attack the Block. Girls co-star Adam Driver will reunite with his Inside Llewyn Davis cohort Oscar Isaac for a mission in a galaxy far, far away. And Max von Sydow’s presence in the celebrated cast photo was the most welcome bombshell we could hope to receive.

One name tripped us up, though. Who is Daisy Ridley? She is occupying the couch with Harrison Ford at the Star Wars: Episode VII table read. But her name never surfaced as numerous actresses showed up for auditions at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production facilities. What has she appeared in before landing this coveted gig? And who might she be playing in Star Wars: Episode VII? We could only address the latter with wild speculation, but we dug up all the information we could find on Star Wars’ mysterious new addition, starting with:

Her Previous Credits
They are basically non-existent. In fact, as soon as the casting announcement was made, her IMDB page changed to reflect the fact that she is best known for being in Star Wars. That was fast! She previously worked on writer-director Peter Hearn’s horror film Scrawl, which reportedly is in post-production. (How happy do you think THAT dude is that he cast Daisy Ridley right before she blew up?) She appeared in a few British television programs like Mr. Selfridge (opposite Jeremy Piven), Toast of London and Youngers. And she held down a short film, Blue Season, which you can watch above. What else?

This article was first published on April 29, 2014 and was last updated on July 6, 2014.
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