Naomie Melanie Harris Simon and the Witch in 1987. She portrayed Selena in the zombie film 28 Days Later (2002), the witch Tia Dalma in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films, and Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013). She portrayed Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond films Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015) and No Time to Die (2020).(born 6 September 1976) is an English actress. She started her career as a child, appearing in the television series
Harris in 2014
Naomie Melanie Harris
6 September 1976
|Alma mater||Pembroke College, Cambridge (BA)|
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
In 2016, she starred in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight, a performance that earned her several accolades, including nominations for the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Harris was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to drama.
Early life and educationEdit
Naomie Harris was born on 6 September 1976 in Islington, London, where she was raised. Her mother, Carmen Harris, sometimes credited as Lisselle Kayla, emigrated from Jamaica to London as a child with her parents. Harris's father, Brian Clarke, a fashion designer, emigrated from Trinidad to the UK, and has British, Grenadian, and Guyanese ancestors. They separated before Harris was born, and she was raised by her mother and has no relationship with her father. Harris grew up in a council flat in Finsbury Park. Her mother later remarried and Harris has two younger half-siblings. Her mother worked as a screenwriter on EastEnders and works as a healer.
She attended St Marylebone School in London. Harris attended the Anna Scher Theatre where she studied acting as a child before attending Woodhouse College as a sixth-form student. She graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 1998 with a degree in social and political sciences. Harris trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Harris has appeared in television and film since she was nine, including a starring role in the remake of the science fiction series The Tomorrow People. In 2000, she played Susan in The Witch of Edmonton at the Southwark Playhouse. In November 2002, she starred in Danny Boyle's postapocalyptic film 28 Days Later. In the same year, she starred in the television adaptation of Zadie Smith's White Teeth. Harris has appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and Michael Mann's Miami Vice. She did a comic turn in Michael Winterbottom's indie ensemble piece, A Cock and Bull Story (2005). She starred in Channel 4's adaptation of the 2006 novel Poppy Shakespeare, which was first shown on 31 March 2008. She also appeared in BBC's historical drama Small Island in December 2009.
She played Elizabeth Lavenza in Danny Boyle's stage production of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for the National Theatre from 22 February to 2 May 2011. She played the lead role in The First Grader, directed by Justin Chadwick, which was premiered on 18 May 2011 in the Seattle International Film Festival.
Harris portrayed Winnie Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on the book of the same name, opposite the actor Idris Elba. The film was released on 29 November 2013. On viewing the film, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told Harris that it seemed as if she were not acting, but channeling her, and that it was "the first time she felt truly captured on film". Harris reprised her role as Moneypenny in the 24th Bond film, Spectre, which was released on 26 October 2015.
In 2016, Harris starred as Paula in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight. She played the abusive, drug-addicted mother of the film's main character, Chiron. The film follows her son and her through a 20-year period. Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Harris was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, among other awards.
At about 11 years old, Harris was diagnosed with scoliosis. The condition progressed severely into her teen years, and it eventually necessitated a spinal fusion. It took her a month to recover fully, and she had to learn how to walk again.
Also as a teenager, Harris developed adenomyosis, a condition that causes a thickening of the uterus, thereby causing great period pain. At school, she would collapse and be in pain from getting her period. In order to help with the condition, she was a vegetarian for a while, which eliminated most of the symptoms, but the diet caused her to have anaemia and low energy. Now, rather than being completely vegetarian, the majority of her diet is plant-based.
|Denotes work that has not yet been released.|
|2002||Living In Hope||Ginny|
|2002||28 Days Later||Selena|
|2004||After the Sunset||Sophie|
|2006||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest||Tia Dalma|
|2006||Miami Vice||Trudy Joplin|
|2006||A Cock and Bull Story||Jennie|
|2007||Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End||Tia Dalma / Calypso|
|2008||Street Kings||Linda Washington|
|2009||Morris: A Life with Bells On||Sonja|
|2009||Ninja Assassin||Mika Coretti|
|2009||Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll||Denise|
|2009||My Last Five Girlfriends||Gemma|
|2010||The First Grader||Jane Obinchu|
|2013||Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom||Winnie Mandela|
|2016||Our Kind of Traitor||Gail Perkins|
|2016||Collateral Beauty||Madeleine Inlet|
|2018||Rampage||Dr. Kate Caldwell|
|2018||Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle||Nisha||Motion-capture and voice|
|2019||Black and Blue||Alicia West|
|2020||No Time to Die||Eve Moneypenny||Post-production|
|2021||Venom: Let There Be Carnage||Shriek||Post-production|
|1987–1988||Simon and the Witch||Joyce||12 episodes|
|1989||Erasmus Microman||Millie||1 episode|
|1992–1993||Runaway Bay||Shuku||17 episodes|
|1992–1995||The Tomorrow People||Ami Jackson||16 episodes|
|2000||Dream Team||Lola Olokwe||1 episode|
|2002||Trial & Retribution V||Tara Gray||1 episode|
|2002||White Teeth||Clara||4 episodes|
|2002||The Project||Maggie Dunn||Television film|
|2008||Poppy Shakespeare||Poppy Shakespeare||Television film|
|2009||Small Island||Hortense Roberts||Television film|
|2009||Blood and Oil||Alice Omuka||Television film|
|2010||Accused||Alison Wade||1 episode|
|2020||The Third Day||Helen||Main role|
|2012||007 Legends||Eve Moneypenny||Voice|
|2000||The Witch of Edmonton||Susan Carter|
Awards and nominationsEdit
In addition to numerous acting awards, Harris was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours, for services to drama. She received the honour from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on 23 February 2017. She has also been recognised for her influence with her addition in the 2019 edition of the Powerlist, ranking the 100 most influential Black Britons.
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