Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley (born 10 April 1992) is an English actress. She is to appear in the lead role of Rey in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Ridley was born in Westminster, London. Her great-uncle was actor and playwright Arnold Ridley, of Dad's Army fame. She attended Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire, graduating in 2010.
Ridley has appeared in the television programmes Youngers, Silent Witness, Mr Selfridge and Casualty. She also appeared in the short film "Blue Season," which was entered into the Sci-Fi-London 48-Hour Film Challenge. She played the lead in film three of "Lifesaver,” an interactive film which was nominated for a BAFTA British Academy Award. She has also appeared in the music video for Wiley's song "Lights On".
In April 2014, it was announced that she will play Rey, one of the lead characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She was chosen for the film in February 2014. The casting of Ridley has generally been seen as a move by director J. J. Abrams to repeat the casting of relatively unknown actors for the lead roles as George Lucas did with the first Star Wars film in 1977. In October 2015, Ridley appeared at the launch of a set of Star Wars postage stamps issued by the UK postal service Royal Mail, with Ridley's character Rey featuring in a stamp along with her droid companion BB-8.
In August 2015, it was announced that Ridley would voice the lead role of Taeko in the English dub of the 1991 animated film Only Yesterday, scheduled to be released in 2016.