Actress Jessica Henwick, whose mum is Singaporean, has cameo role in new Star Wars film

Jessica Henwick as X-Wing pilot Jess "Testor" Pava.
Jessica Henwick as X-Wing pilot Jess "Testor" Pava. PHOTO: STARWARS.COM

It is probably not her most recognisable role, but actress Jessica Henwick has managed to add a significant feather in her cap with an appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The 23-year-old, best known for playing the warrior princess Nymeria Sand in the hit television series Game Of Thrones, snagged the role of an X-Wing pilot in the seventh instalment of the iconic film franchise.

Henwick - with half her face hidden under a helmet visor - is pictured entirely in the cramped cockpit of her fighter during the film's climactic battle.

She plays Jess "Testor" Pava, a member of Blue Squadron under the command of leading Resistance pilot Poe Dameron.


Henwick during an interview in Singapore in June 2015. PHOTO: HBO ASIA

According to a brief description on the Star Wars website, Henwick's character flies under the call sign "Blue Three" and grew up idolising the legendary pilots of previous generations, such as Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles.

Rumours of Henwick's involvement with the film first surfaced earlier this year, with the actress herself confirming the role in a coy tweet on Nov 23 along with a 30-second trailer that contained a brief scene of her in action.

She subsequently tweeted her happiness at being part of the film after it opened in cinemas on Dec 17.

 

Mtv.com named her alongside a list of 13 notable cameos in the film, which included fellow Game Of Thrones actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Star Trek star Simon Pegg and James Bond lead Daniel Craig.

The British-born Eurasian, whose father is British and mother a Chinese-Singaporean, last visited Singapore in June, when she feasted on local delights such as dim sum, sambal stingray and ngoh hiang.

Henwick, who is based in London, told The Straits Times in an interview then that she would visit Singapore once a year with her mother during her younger days until she was 14 years old.