Ten thousand girls turned up for open auditions in Cambridge, Oxford, Exeter and Kendal for the role of Lyra Belacqua in the adaptation of 'His Dark Materials: Northern Lights'. In June 2006, twelve-year-old Dakota, a Londoner schoolgirl, was awarded the part after the casting directors' took a shine to her in the Cambridge auditions.
Her mother is an American anthropologist.
Traveled from her home in Brighton to Cambridge for the Lyra auditions under one condition: that she wouldn't be too upset if she was passed over.
She had just come home grumpy from a bad day at school when The Golden Compass (2007) director Chris Weitz called her. Dakota's mother tried to put him on speaker phone, but accidentally hung up on him. Weitz called back and informed them of the good news.
Her name, Dakota, is the name of a North American tribe, who are native to the northern plains states of the USA.
Before being awarded the role of 'Lyra' in The Golden Compass (2007), she was a fan of the His Dark Materials series, having read the books and gone to see the stage play in London.
At the age of 13, she was cast in The Secret of Moonacre (2008) through an audition that lasted for merely one day. By the premiere of the Golden Compass, the Secret of Moonacre had already been filmed.
Her dream role is as Alice, in "Alice in Wonderland", and was originally going to audition for Alice in Wonderland (2010) but found out later, that director Tim Burton wanted a adult actress.
Hadn't read "The Little White Horse" before she was cast in the movie adaptation (The Secret of Moonacre (2008)) but read it on a flight to Hungary, where she would film the movie.
Has a half sister called Maya.
Has a dog named Pete.
Became a fan of The Golden Compass at the age of nine.
Her mother is a social worker.
Dakota's father's nickname was Blue.
Is of German descent (through her grandmother).
Dakota Blue now resides in Brighton, UK.
Since 2010 she has supported Action For Children, the first charity in the UK to help vulnerable youth break through injustice and deprivation.
In 2011 Dakota Blue Richards posted naked for Oceans 2012, a campaign for overfishing.
In 2013, Dakota Blue Richards was modeling for "Immortal Sorapol" AW13, it was a commercial based shoot for a new London-based fashion brand.
Personal Quotes (6)
"I feel like I can relate to her. I like to think I'm quite brave. I stand up for myself. And I don't let other people tell me what to do. Well, unless it's my mum." - Talking about Lyra, her character from The Golden Compass.
Daniel is very funny and really nice but he does swear a lot. So we had a swear box and he had to put in £1 every time he said a naughty word. By the end he owed me £55.
One of the things Nicole taught me was, no matter what happens in a scene, you carry on even if you fall in a dustbin. If you get out of the bin and just carry on they might end up cutting it and using part of that scene anyway. But thankfully that's never happened to me.
I walked past the cinema on the way here, and there's a 'coming soon' poster for the film. It's not a particularly big picture of me, which is good because if it was massive I'd be scared and feel like I could never go to my local cinema again.
I figured if I did something wrong, they'd be, like, 'Oh my God, why are we working with her?' But they were really nice. (on co-stars Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig)
They had stuffed cats you had to pick up and hold,i t was like, 'Ewww.' And me being a vegetarian, and I don't wear fur - I'd come home smelling of dead cats!