Born in Jerusalem to an Israeli father and American mother, Portman grew up in Jericho, New York from the age of three.She studied dancing and acting in New York, and starred in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace while still at high school in Long Island.Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda.
Her performance received widespread critical acclaim and she earned an Academy Award for Best Actress, her second Golden Globe Award, the SAG Award, the BAFTA Award and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in 2011.
Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order.
Stormtrooper defector Finn and the scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance's search for the missing Luke Skywalker.
Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno.
She was later cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.