Dafne Keen

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Dafne Keen, a rising teenage sensation in the TV and movie industry, was born on 4th January 2005. The British and Spanish actress made her name after appearing in the TV series The Refugees playing the role of Ana “Ani” Cruz Oliver. However, her big breakthrough arrived through her marvelous performance as mutant Laura Kinney/X-23 in the movie Logan (2017).

Dafne Keen is playing the role of ‘Lyra Belacqua’ in ‘His Dark Materials’

Logan star Dafne Keen as Lyra Belacqua in HBO and BBC series ‘His Dark Materials’.

Dafne Keen as Lyra Belacqua in ‘His Dark Materials’.
Source: Comic Book Movie

The actress who was out of the spotlight for 2 years landed the role of Lyra Belacqua in the British fantasy adventure series, His Dark Materials. Dafne plays the lead in the show, and after her stunning performance in Logan – this looks certain to be a great casting choice.

Lyra sports dirty blonde hair and blue eyes which may not fit Keen in like a glove, but the trailer does her justice and displays why she might just be perfect for the role. In the story, Belacqua finds herself accidentally stuck in the cosmic war between Lord Asriel and The Authority.

Watch: His Dark Materials Trailer | ‘One Girl Will Change Worlds’ – BBC

Shedding more light on the character, Lyra is an orphan who notices her friends beginning to go missing. Therefore, she goes on a quest to find her friends, only to bump into further kidnappings. To her amazement, she then discovers the hidden secrets of the world.

His Dark Materials releases on 3rd November 2019.

Keen’s performance in Logan was applauded by fans and critics alike

His Dark Materials star Dafne Keen as Laura in the movie Logan alongside Hugh Jackman's Wolverine

Dafne Keen on a killing spree in the movie Logan.
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Starring alongside Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, Dafne made her mark with a quite stunning performance in the film for then 12-year-old. The signs were there from the first audition tape itself where she portrays Laura Kinney and quite frankly nails it.

Watch: Logan | Dafne Keen’s Audition Tape with Hugh Jackman | 20th Century FOX

The movie begins with a battered Wolverine surprisingly getting caught up with age while his healing ability has gradually begun to fade and his adamantium now poisoning him. We then witness the nurse from Mexico who asks for Logan’s help, but he does not appear interested, having already got too much on his plate.

This is when we meet Laura for the very first time. The shy and unsocial little girl is unaware of the happenings in the world. When the bad guys make their entry to take Laura away, the nurse gets killed and she ends up displaying her power. Charles then tells Logan, Laura is his biological daughter which is proven to be the case after a series of video clips show the staff in the Mexico hospital using Logan’s DNA to create the girl.

Check Out: Laura Talks For The First Time – Logan Movie Clip (2017)

Throughout the movie, Laura barely speaks a single word and yet, her performance is mind-blowing. Without uttering anything, she still manages to steal the show. Her chemistry with Wolverine is fascinating, to say the least, and when Charles bites the dust, she is the only thing that keeps Logan going. One could argue, one of the biggest reasons the film Logan became so popular can be credited to Dafne Keen’s stunning performance.

Dafne Keen’s parents are both actors; she previously starred alongside her father

Dafne Keen with her parents, father Will Keen, and mother María Fernández Ache.

Dafne Keen with her parents Will Keen and María Fernández Ache.
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Dafne Keen is born and raised in an acting family. Her father Will Keen, in particular, is a well-renowned name credited with roles such as Victor Frankenstein (2015), and Love and The Impressionists (2006). Likewise, her mother María Fernández Ache is an actress known for The Mallorca Files, and Anti-Social (2015).

During the early days in his career, the actor met Maria and soon enough tied the knot. The two then welcomed their daughter Dafne in 2005.

Following in the footsteps of her parents, Dafne starred alongside her father Will in the show The Refugees. She was only nine when she shared the screen with her dad.

Watch: The Refugees (Trailer)

Now the father-daughter duo is set to share the screen once again in the adaptation of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman. Will is scheduled to appear as Father MacPhail in one of the episodes of His Dark Materials. Meanwhile, Will’s wife Maria is serving as an acting coach for 8 episodes in the series.

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