Daisy Ridley is from London, England. She attended Tring Park School for the Performing Arts from ages 9-18. Ridley started college but dropped out to pursue acting. She has since completed a degree in social science online. Ridley found small roles in TV shows before scoring her breakthrough in 2014 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the highest grossing film of 2015. She also appeared in the 2 subsequent Star Wars films, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Ridley has also played the lead in Ophelia. She has been nominated for a BAFTA and won several accolades including a Teen Choice and MTV Movie Award. She supports various charities including UNICEF and the GEANCO Foundation which promotes health and education in Nigeria. Ridley generally avoids social media. She is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs about 120 lbs.
Daisy Ridley’s Diet
Ridley eats a primarily vegan or plant-based diet. While she avoids beef, pork poultry, eggs and dairy, she will sometimes have fish. She is partial to Asian cuisine, and Japanese in particular. Ridley packs her plate with legumes, veggies, and fresh fruit. Ridley carries a refillable water bottle with her wherever she goes. Other celebrity vegans include Ellen Page, Ellen Degeneres and Liam Hemsworth.
- Medium Carb 35% 35%
- Medium Protein 40% 40%
- Medium Fat 35% 35%
Ridley calls herself a ‘cheagan’ or a vegan who cheats because she will eat fish. But most other animal products, including meat, eggs and dairy, are out.
Skip the Sugar
Ridley also avoids sugar along with dairy because of its negative effect on her skin.
Eat Clean for a Clean Bill of Health
Ridley suffers from endometriosis, a painful condition of the pelvic area. Eating a diet that is high in trans fats, red meat, gluten and FODMAP foods can exacerbate the condition. Foods that can have a positive impact include fruits, veggies, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and salmon.
Ridley says her favorite thing to eat is sushi. She also loves marmite.
As a proper Brit, Ridley enjoys a nice cuppa. Unlike the typical black tea, she prefers hers green with honey. She also likes coffee, but says it makes her jittery.
Have Water, Will Travel
Ridley never goes anywhere without her eco-friendly refillable water bottle.
What to Eat
What to Avoid
Ridley on her Cheating Veganism
‘I sort of just became a cheagan, which is a cheating vegan, in that I cut out a lot of things.’
Ridley on Eating Fish
‘I’ve cut out meat and dairy and eggs, but I sometimes eat fish, because my moral compass is off.’
Ridley on Why She Doesn’t Drink Coffee
‘I’m already a quite jittery person.’
Ridley on her The Force Awakens Diet
‘Lots of fish, legumes, and spirulina shakes.’
Daisy Ridley’s Fitness Routine
Mix It Up
Ridley does a wide range of workouts, including weightlifting, kickboxing, and rock climbing.
Ridley incorporated 2 recovery days into her week while training for Star Wars, but recovery doesn’t mean lying around on the couch. It involved massage, chiropractic care and nutrition consultations.
There isn’t a real Lightsaber Academy, but Ridley thinks martial arts training could be marketed that way.
Whopping Daily Dose
To prepare for her role in The Force Awakens, Ridley worked out 5 days a week for 5 hours a day in addition to daily stunt practice.
Every Second Counts
Ridley used every spare moment of her day to train, including getting up super early before filming began, or after it ended, which was sometimes 4 am.
Train Like A Boss
Ridley’s character Rey is tough, and so it’s no surprise the actress herself is too. She can deadlift 176 lbs.
Ridley likes doing sprints. One exercise she’s not crazy about? Push ups. (She’s got a gimpy wrist.)
Pump It Up
Part of Ridley’s recovery plan involved leg sleeves that alternate pumping hot and cold water to help flush out lactic acid.
A Daisy Ridley Inspired Routine
Air squats: 10
Foam roller: 10-15 min
Dynamic stretches: Pick 2-3 x 15-30 reps each.
Downward dog to inchworm
Leg cradle to lateral lunge
Knee hug to Inverted hamstring stretch
Deadlift: 10, 8, 5, 5, 3
Weighted lunges: 10 reps x 3 sets
Chest press (dumbbells or barbells): 10 reps x 3 sets
Triceps pushdowns (cable): 10 reps x 3 sets
Plank: 30 sec
Sit ups: 25
Mountain climbers: 20
Jump squats: 15
Mountain climbers: 20
Sit ups: 25
Plank: 30 sec
Ridley on Exercise
‘Training is a sort of therapy session.’
Ridley on Sprinting
‘I only ever do 5 minutes…but you get off the treadmill, or you stop running, and you feel powerful.’
Ridley on Training
‘Physically, I never really had to push myself that hard…It’s like a psychological thing of knowing you can do it more and more.’
Ridley on the ‘Lightsaber Academy’
‘You do, like, 8 thwacks one way, 8 the other, 8 up, 8 down.’
Ridley on Body Shamers
‘Real women are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities…I will not apologize for how I look…’cause what’s happening inside is much more important anyway.’
Daisy Ridley’s Supplements
Ridley drank a lot of spirulina smoothies while preparing for her role as Rey. Spirulina is a type of healthy bacteria that is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Vitamin D is another essential nutrient that is difficult to get exclusively from plant-based foods. Vitamin D is involved in many processes, including immunity, mood, memory and muscle recovery, and a combined supplement of vitamin D + B12 is not uncommon.
Calcium can be found in some vegan foods including broccoli and kale, but vegans tend to test low for calcium. Calcium is not only important for strong bones but also for smooth muscle contraction.
While certain plants like leafy greens contain iron, it is not as readily absorbed by the body, making an iron supplement important, especially for women.
Zinc is also hard to obtain through a vegan diet. Zinc is crucial for a strong immune system. Ridley does eat fish, but she also works out hard, making an anti-inflammatory long-chain omega-3s a smart choice. Plant-based omega-3s can be found made from algae.
Daisy Ridley’s Lifestyle
Ridley used a cold compression sleeve to help speed recovery and allow her to train harder and for longer periods of time. Other celebrity powerhouses who use them include Mark Hamill, Serena Williams and Lady Gaga.
Ridley appeared in Lifesaver, a live-action movie that is played like a game in which viewers learn how to save a life. She says she was drawn to the role because her grandfather’s life was saved by someone’s knowledge of CPR.
Big In Japan
Ridley’s favorite place to visit is Japan. She loves the culture and the food, and she actually speaks a little Japanese.
Powerful Role Model
Ridley likes it that girls are seeing a strong role model who doesn’t have to be scantily-clad to be cool.
Dying for the Part
Part of The Force Awakens was filmed in Abu Dhabi where there is a scorpion with venom that kills in 30 minutes, and medical treatment is over an hour away. Ridley says she tried not to think about it too much.
Ridley on CPR
‘I watch Lifesaver every few months to remind myself what to do if such a situation arose.’
Ridley on Risking a Scorpion Sting
‘I could be dead in half an hour.’
Ridley on Rey as a Role Model
‘[Rey is] so strong. She’s cool and smart and she can look after herself. Young girls can look at her and know that they can wear trousers if they want to, that they don’t have to show off their bodies.’
Ridley on the Movie Industry
‘There’s so much waiting around.’
Ridley on a Hidden Talent
‘I can knit quite well. I make really long scarves.’