Dafne Keen

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Dafne Keen
Keen in 2019
Born
Dafne Keen Fernández

(2005-01-04) 4 January 2005 (age 19)[1]
Citizenship
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
OccupationActress
Years active2014–present
Parents
  • Will Keen (father)
  • María Fernández Ache (mother)
Relatives

Dafne Keen Fernández (born 4 January 2005) is an English-Spanish actress.[2] After making her debut as Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver on the television series The Refugees from 2014 to 2015, she garnered recognition and praise for her role as Laura in the 2017 superhero film Logan,[3] and reprised this role in Deadpool & Wolverine (2024). She received several awards, including an Empire Award for Best Newcomer, and nominations for a Critics' Choice Award and a Saturn Award. From 2019 to 2022, she starred as Lyra Belacqua in the television series His Dark Materials. In 2024, she starred in five episodes of the Star Wars series The Acolyte.

Early life

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Dafne Keen was born in Madrid.[4] She is the daughter of English actor Will Keen and Spanish actress,[5] theatre director and writer María Fernández Ache, who was born in Verín, Galicia.[6] Her paternal great-grandfather was Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe;[7][8] her aunts are poet Alice Oswald and writer Laura Beatty.[9][10]

Career

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Keen began acting in 2014, starring alongside her father in the BBC television series The Refugees, where she played Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver.[11] The show ended in 2015 after one season.

Two years after her screen debut, and after several auditions, Keen was cast by 20th Century Fox in a big-budget Hollywood production; she appeared with Hugh Jackman in the 2017 superhero film Logan as the mutant Laura, the child clone of Wolverine.[12] The film opened to critical and financial success, and is considered to be one of the best superhero movies of all time.[13] Keen's performance earned her an Empire Award for Best Newcomer and several nominations, which include the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Saturn Awards, and more.[14][15][16]

In 2019, Keen was cast in the lead role of Lyra Belacqua in the BBC/HBO television adaptation of the His Dark Materials trilogy, where she co-stars along with actress Ruth Wilson; her father is also a cast member of the series, playing Lyra's nemesis, Father MacPhail. The series has a positive reception,[17] and Keen received praise for her performance, with The Hollywood Reporter writing "...this effort nails much of what makes the books pop, and both the special effects and a star-studded cast led by Dafne Keen and Ruth Wilson are in fine form."[18] For the role, she was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actress in 2020.[19]

In 2020, Keen starred alongside Andy García in the comedy-drama film Ana;[20] the film was originally announced in 2017,[21] but was delayed until 2020.[22] The film opened to mixed reviews,[23] although Keen's performance received praise. Film critic Amari commented on her "charisma and presence" and wrote how Keen and Garcia "enhance each other's presence to the point you can forgive the film’s shortcomings."[24]

In November 2022, Keen joined the cast of the Star Wars series The Acolyte, which premiered in June 2024.[25] In July 2024, Keen was announced to reprise her role as Laura in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Deadpool & Wolverine, reuniting her with Jackman.[26]

Filmography

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Films

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Year Title Role Notes
2017 Logan Laura
2020 Ana Ana
2024 Deadpool & Wolverine Laura / X-23
TBA Whistle Post-production
TBA Night Comes In production

Television series

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Year(s) Title Role Notes
2014–2015 The Refugees Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver Regular role; 7 episodes
2019–2022 His Dark Materials Lyra Belacqua Lead role; 23 episodes
2024 The Acolyte Jecki Lon 5 episodes

Podcast

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Year Title Voice role Notes
2021 The Battersea Poltergeist Host / Shirlley Hitchings Lead role; 13 episodes

Awards and nominations

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Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2017
Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Logan Nominated [27]
Dublin Film Critics' Circle Breakthrough Artist of the Year Nominated [28]
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Youth in Film Runner-up [29]
Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Best Actor or Actress 23 and Under Nominated [30]
Online Film Critics Society Best Breakout Star Nominated [31]
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Performance by a Youth Nominated [32]
Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Youth Performance Nominated [33]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Youth Performance Nominated [34]
2018
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Young Actor/Actress Nominated [35]
Houston Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated [36]
London Film Critics Circle Young British/Irish Performer of the Year Nominated [37]
Online Association of Female Film Critics Best Breakthrough Performance Won [38]
Online Film and Television Association Best Youth Performance Runner-up [39]
Best Breakthrough Performance: Female Nominated

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