Dakota Blue Richards born 11 April is an English actress. She has also played a number of notable roles in television, film and stage and has been nominated for several prominent awards for her acting. The family moved to Sussex where she attended Newlands School. At school she took few drama classes but attended weekend acting lessons and took time out of school to attend auditions. After seeing the stage adaptation of His Dark Materials at the National Theatre , she says she "just wanted to be Lyra". Richards' performance in The Golden Compass was variously described as "efficient",  "a decent job",  "nicely played",  and "enchanting.