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Lydia Peckham, the Face Behind the Female Chimpanzee, Soona, in “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes”

Lydia Peckham won the Gold Award for Best Actress at the Independent Shorts Awards in 2019.

Lydia Peckham is a talented actress from New Zealand, known for her roles in various films and TV shows. She recently gained fame for her leading role in the movie Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.

In the movie, Peckham played the role of Soona – a female chimpanzee. The movie was released on May 10, 2024.

The film is set many years after the reign of Caesar. It introduces new characters and plot lines that continue the legacy of the Planet of the Apes franchise.

Lydia’s involvement in such a high-profile project is a testament to her rising status in the acting world.

Lydia Peckham’s Family Owned an Apple Cider Business in Newzealand

Lydia Peckham is a native of New Zealand, belonging to a European ethnic background, and was born around 1995.

She grew up in her home country and is the eldest daughter of her parents, Caroline and the late Alex Peckham.

Her father, a cherished family figure, Alex, passed away at the age of 59 in April 2022 after a battle with a brain tumor.

The Peckham family is well-known in the community for their apple cider business, called Peckham’s Cidery and Orchard.

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However, following Alex’s passing, they decided to pass on their legacy of Peckham’s cider to new owners in 2023.

Lydia grew up alongside her siblings, younger brother Oliver and sister Scarlett, in a household that valued entrepreneurship and resilience.

Furthermore, Lydia has been in a loving relationship with William Barber for over a decade, with mutual respect and shared values.

William’s unwavering support has been a cornerstone of their journey together as their love blossomed alongside Lydia’s acting career.

Lydia is a Multi-Talented Individual Working as an Actress Since 2017

After completing her high school graduation from Nelson College for Girls, Lydia attended New Zealand Drama School.

She gained her bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts from 2014 to 2016, pivotal in developing her successful acting career.

Further, Peckham also received training from the Globe Theatre in London before starting her career.

Her career has been a journey of diverse roles and projects since her debut in 2017 with the TV movie Why Does Love? in which she played Jackie.

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Similarly, in 2018, she appeared in Hibiscus & Ruthless as a restaurant wait staff, showcasing her versatility.

The following year, in 2019, Lydia played Melinda in Only Cloud Knows, a film that gained her recognition.

Further, her career flourished in 2020 with a short film titled Lottie, where she played the titular role.

In 2021, Lydia’s presence on the screen became more prominent with her appearances in the TV series “Mr. Corman” as a beauty influencer.

Moreover, Lydia’s career took an exciting turn with her involvement in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, released in May 2024.

Additional Information

  • Lydia Peckham was recognized as the Best Student Director in 2012.
  • In 2019, Lydia was seen in Take Home Pay and the short film Raspberry and Coke, where she played Nina Collins.
  • Besides acting, Lydia is also a creator, and posts her work on her personal website.
Prakriti Paudel
Prakriti Paudel
Prakriti Paudel is a storyteller in the world of movies, known for painting vivid tales about the big screen. With a passion for cinema, she brings stories to life that captivate audiences. She invites viewers on an unforgettable journey with her articles, blending fantasy and reality to craft literary wonders.


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