BAFTA names Lauren Ridloff a breakthrough star

The Walking Dead’s Lauren Ridloff is listed as a BAFTA breakthrough star

Lauren Ridloff plays Connie on The Walking Dead, and fans were given a fright when it was thought she might have perished in the cave-in that occurred in season 10. Thankfully we saw a clip of her in the season ten finale walking alone in the woods and was then discovered by Virgil (Kevin Carroll).

Exciting news has been recently released for Ridloff. BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has listed her as a breakthrough star for 2020.

BAFTA Breakthrough identifies and supports upcoming talent in film, games and television. Ridloff is listed in the USA category with 10 other standouts.

Ridloff started her acting career a short three years ago. She was a teacher for ten years before leaving that job to stay home and care for her two children.

Her first project was Children of a Lesser God production directed by Kenny Leon, who discovered Ridloff. She received rave reviews for her performance from the New York Times and received a Tony nomination.

She portrayed Pearl, a hearing woman, in the Amazon Studios film Wonderstruck. This would mark her first onscreen role. The film follows two children living in different eras who wish their lives were different. You can view the trailer here.

In 2021 Ridloff will become Marvel’s first-ever deaf superhero in The Eternals. This is a role she never thought she would play. It is such a wonderful character to bring awareness to the deaf community.

Ridloff will star in The Eternals along with Gemma Chan, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Angelina Jolie and Barry Keoghan and is set to release in November 2021.

A fun piece of trivia about Ridloff is that she was known as a former Miss Deaf America from 2000-2002, by the name Lauren Teruel.

Be sure to catch Ridloff in season eleven of The Walking Dead on AMC, as well as her performance as Makkari in The Eternals in 2021 and The Magnificent Meyersons, the story of one remarkable family on an ordinary day in New York City.