So, how come there are so many British actors cast in Star Wars movies? The recent use of English actress Daisy Ridley as Rey in the Star Wars franchise raised some eyebrows when her natural English accent was used.
Actors like Christian Bale hide their natural accents when filming so they sound American in American movies. Bale even does interviews in an American accent so people don't get confused!
That's not the case for actors in the Star Wars universe. As Rey’s opposite, Englishman John Boyega played Finn with his full English tone.
Many British actors feature in the original trilogy as well and now Richard Curtis is playing a role in the new J.J. Abrams film. Why is this?
For a few cases in point, the late Kenny Baker, late Peter Mayhew, and Anthony Daniels are all British actors.
They were likely more actors sought out by Lucas for being noteworthy actors in their own right – Alec Guinness, for example, was already an Academy Award Winner for the war film Bridge on the River Kwai!
In a similar manner, when the Star Wars prequels were made, Australian and New Zealand actors featured heavily. And where were those films made? Australia.
To catch some tax breaks, Star Wars prequels Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were largely filmed Down Under.
This led to Australasian actors and actresses having some key roles. Here are some of them:
- Keisha Castle-Hughes played Queen Apailana of Naboo.
- Temura Morrision played Jango Fett and Commander Cody (incidentally, check out our history of Boba Fett).
- Daniel Logan played the young Boba Fett.
- Jay Laga'aia played Captain Typho.
- Rose Byrne played Dorme.
- Joel Egerton played Owen Lars.
- Jack Thompson played Cliegg Lars.
- Rena Owen played Taun We.
Of course, we shouldn't forget that The Phantom Menace was filmed in England, which meant British actors again featured heavily. They included the likes of Terrance Stamp as Chancellor Valorum, and Keira Knightly as a handmaiden to Padme!
A notable British appearance in The Last Jedi was the wonderful Adrian Edmondson as Captain Peavey who delivered the classic line “I believe he's tooling with you, Sir.”
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