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In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker I was wondering who this person is? She appears near the end of the film

I looked through quite a few of the 'cameos' websites/zines, but couldn't find anything.

Old lady wearing a headscarf, holding the reins of an animal's bridle. Desert-like landscape

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    I assume you mean the person on the left.
    – Valorum
    Apr 19, 2020 at 23:14
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    I think I just decided in my head canon that she is one of the group of kids that watched Anikan build his pod racer in TPM. Jun 10, 2020 at 3:13

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The lady in question is simply a resident of Tatooine. She doesn't get a character name in the credits (or any of the related media) and is just described in the official novelisation as

"An old human woman"

and in the end credits as

Tatooine Elder


There's no good indication that she's a cameo. She was played by Ann Firbank who hasn't appeared in any previous Star Wars properties.

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  • Given Firbank is an established actress, how are you/do they distinguish between, say, 'appearing' and 'cameo'..?
    – wcullen
    Apr 19, 2020 at 23:07
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    @wcullen - That's a fair question but I wouldn't say that she's famous enough to merit a "cameo" mention unless she has some other connection to the director/film series. Note that she's not uncredited, she has a credit but her role was so minor that it doesn't warrant a name.
    – Valorum
    Apr 19, 2020 at 23:10
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I actually think that this is a cameo appearance (well-known, established actor) rather than a bit part (aspiring actor, no supporting or lead roles).

Ann Firbank is a Royal Shakespeare Co veteran. She does have a (tenuous) connexion with Star Wars through her RSC colleagues Sebastian Shaw who played Anakin Skywalker and Ian McDiarmid who played Sheev Palpatine in Star Wars Episode VI.

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    Alec Guinness was also a RSC player. Since it was filmed in England, you can probably chuck a stone and hit an actor/actress that age that had played in the RSC ;) - tenuous connection at best, and unlikely to be a deliberate choice
    – NKCampbell
    Apr 20, 2020 at 22:01
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    I would ask those who disagree that Ann Firbank is not an example of a cameo to direct me to how they are determining that. The definitions of a 'cameo appearance' seem to fall between "a brief appearance or voice part of a well known person in a work of the performing arts" (Wikipedia) or "a short appearance in a film or play by a well-known actor (Longman Dictionary). Some expanded discussions (e.g. Wiki) do talk about some specifics; but, none would seem to leave Firbank out. I certainly appreciate the discussion, but I think those disagreeing are using a narrow use of the term.
    – wcullen
    Apr 21, 2020 at 5:56
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    I really don't think she's a cameo. I just think she was hired as an actress to play a small role.
    – Valorum
    Apr 21, 2020 at 7:43
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    @elemtilas - If you can find a better connection that just that she played with the RSC, I'd be happy to reconsider, but as has been pointed out, so have dozens of other bit parts in the Star Wars universe, largely as a consequence of the films being made (partly) in the UK.
    – Valorum
    Apr 21, 2020 at 18:04
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    @Valorum - Like I said earlier, the real nature of the choice is a matter of speculation on our part. I obviously don't have any better evidence for my conclusion apart from common or accepted definitions; and I don't see any solid evidence for this being a mere bit part. So I think we're just going to remain stuck with what little we do have, and that's basically no real evidence either way.
    – elemtilas
    Apr 21, 2020 at 18:08

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