Dakota Blue Richards

Active - 2007 - 2016  |   Born - Apr 11, 1994 in South Kensington, London, England  |   Genres - Fantasy

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Biography by Nathan Southern

Sprightly British actress Dakota Blue Richards achieved her first major cinematic coup as eloquently named Lyra Belacqua, heroine of the effects-heavy fantasy extravaganza The Golden Compass (2007). The story -- adapted from the best-selling novel by Philip Pullman -- finds 12-year-old Lyra journeying into a stunning fantasy world to rescue her best friend, a world that encompasses "dæmons," witches, massive polar bears, and all sorts of other stunning beings. She would next star in another fantasy-novel adaptation, The Moon Princess, as Maria Merryweather.

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  • Was named Dakota Blue because her mother wanted a combination of a place and a colour.
  • Studied acting at the K-Bis Theatre School in Brighton.
  • Made her film debut in 2007 with The Golden Compass.
  • Has supported Action for Children since 2010 and fronted a advertising campaign for them in 2011.
  • in 2011, posed naked for Ocean 2012, a campaign to prevent overfishing.
  • Modelled for Sorapol in 2013.