Daisy Ridley: From Pork Pies to Skywalker

There can be few actresses who’ve had the spotlight shone on them in quite the way it’s shined on Daisy Ridley, and The List aims the super trouper at the star of the sequel trilogy and her journey to galactic stardom.

Daisy Ridley was thrust into fame the moment her name was announced as one of the stars for her first major film, which happened to be Star Wars. So just how did Ridley go from a regular British girl to a super fierce, space-traveling Jedi warrior? And how else has she changed along the way?

Daisy Ridley was born on April 10, 1992 in London, England. In an interview with Vogue, she described her younger self as “a little tomboy,” who had a lot of energy. She was, according to the actress herself:

“Loud. Often very sassy. Insane amounts of energy. I remember asking, ‘Was I shy?’ And my mum laughing hysterically. She said I used to run into a room and go, ‘Helloooo!'”

It was her energy as a child that moved Ridley towards the performing arts. The star went to a performing arts boarding school from ages 9 to 18. She didn’t start out with acting, but with singing and gymnastics. As the star told Vogue, the reasoning was actually that she was so energetic that her parents chose that school, quote, “literally just to keep me busy, because the days were twelve hours long.”

Ridley didn’t land on acting specifically until age 17. It started with a girl in her drama class who told Ridley that she couldn’t play Lady Macbeth because she didn’t have, quote, “the right accent.”

Ridley’s teacher heard this and gave the future star confidence to push forward. Keep watching to learn why Daisy Ridley’s Transformation Is Seriously Turning Heads!


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  • Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver (Actors)
  • J.J. Abrams (Director) - Derek Connolly (Writer)
  • Spanish, English (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)