Last week we put it to our readers and Twitter followers to vote for their favourite Adam Driver performance as we eagerly anticipate the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in just a few days time!

We put it to our team to choose their favourite performances of Driver’s and write a little something – and you can find their favourites below!


Paterson (2016)

Paterson saw Driver break away from his spate of tormented and morally questionable characters, as seen in the likes of Girls and Star Wars, to play a gentle, unassuming bus driver and poet. Although Paterson is quiet and reserved, the words of his poems speak volumes. He finds beauty in ordinary things that most people take for granted, be it a box of matches or the weather.  He keeps his poems mostly to himself and his wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), but we get to hear a few in a voiceover. Driver reads them softly and thoughtfully, treating each word with care and respect. The tenderness of his voice is equally reflected throughout the film in his unhurried movements and relaxed expressions. He fully embodies a man who would never hurt a soul, who appreciates the little things and the routines of daily life, which makes watching Paterson feel like a really warm hug.  – Holly Weaver


Girls (2012-2017)

Both the show’s creator, Lena Dunham and the show itself have had considerable and largely justifiable criticism over the years. However, Girls is still one of the best TV shows of the decade. The writing and acting are exceptional and it was ground-breaking in several key ways. While the titular ‘girls’ were largely unlikeable, Dunham was kinder to the boys of the show. Andrew Rannells, Christopher Abbott, Alex Karpovsky and Ebon Moss-Bachrach were nearly all given character arcs which showed they were capable of change and growth. And this was definitely the case for Adam Driver’s character, Adam. From starting out as a sex-addicted fuckboi, he developed real feelings for both Hannah (Dunham) and Jessa (Jemima Kirke). Driver’s performance is extraordinary – his physicality and line delivery are constantly surprising and he expertly portrays outward bravado with inner vulnerability simultaneously. It is unfair to compare TV performances to film because of the time that can be taken to develop a character, plus the journey the audience goes on and the investment in that character. Saying that, this is Driver’s performance of the decade and while I’m glad he is getting awards recognition now, he really should have had won those Emmys he was nominated for, for this extraordinary performance. – Fiona Underhill

BlackKklansman (2018)

For BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee’s incendiary glance at a victory in vain, Driver earned his first Academy Award nomination. John David Washington’s Ron Stallworth is the hero of the tale, the galas afro with the brass balls to take on ‘the organisation’. Yet, for the audience, Driver’s Flip Zimmerman is handed the disquieting task of joining them. ‘For you it’s a crusade. For me it’s a job,’ he initially tells Ron. However, as his cover deepens, countless racist and anti-Semitic adages splurt out his mouth like a gregarious pre-requisite. It raises a curious conflict about one’s relationship with bigotry, and in the actor’s unfading conviction, he’s our perfect imposter into a world of hate. – Cameron Frew


Star Wars: Episodes VII, VIII and IX

In order to sustain the power behind First Order leader Kylo Ren’s flux in purpose and resistance to the dark side, you need an actor like Driver, who relentlessly owns every duplicitous turn his character takes. The force behind his performance, whether through Ren’s mindful manipulation, the inner anguish burning through his eyes or his “blow that piece of junk OUT OF THE SKY!” moment during The Last Jedi – is demanding of the audience’s complete attention and a role that highlights his ability to turn rage into reverence. Consistency and Driver’s devout concentration on unravelling Ren’s psyche are the crucial keys that unlock one of cinema’s greatest villains. – Jo Craig

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Despite only having a small role – his total screen time is a whopping 142 seconds – Adam Driver’s appearance in the Coen Brothers’ terrific Inside Llewyn Davis is unforgettable. Playing Al Cody, Driver imbues this weird, country music backing vocalist with such a kooky energy he steals every scene he’s in. His highlight is, of course, the Please Mr. Kennedy recording where he bellows mostly nonsensical noises overtop of Oscar Isaac and Justin Timberlake’s quirky acoustic duet. Who knew this guy would become the best character in Star Wars history only a few years later? Outer! Space! – Rhys Bowen Jones

What If (2013)

What If is an excellent rom-com starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as friends who try to remain friends … but the inevitable happens. It’s set in Toronto and has an unusually artistic feel because Kazan plays an artist and animator and her drawings come to life in the film. Teeny Tiny Radcliffe’s best friend is played by insanely lorge tall boy Adam Driver which makes for many pleasing scenes where you can see their size disparity. It’s also nice to get Harry Potter and Kylo-Ren together for a playdate. Driver hooks up with Mackenzie Davis and they’re one of the hottest, chemistry-filled onscreen couples ever. Whether they’re fighting, screwing or obnoxiously playing pranks on Radcliffe and Kazan at the beach, you will find yourself rooting for those two crazy kids. What If features one of the best Driver line-deliveries in a career full of them. As we all know, Driver saying “ghouls” in The Dead Don’t Die or “cauliflower” in Logan Lucky is already the stuff of legend. One morning, as Radcliffe is attempting to bemoan his unrequited love situation to Driver, Driver replies with “I’ve just had sex! And now I’m going to eat nachos! It’s the greatest moment of my life!….unless you screw it up with whatever you’re about to say.” It’s a fudging great film you should watch it. – Fiona Underhill