Noma Dumezweni (born 28 July 1969) is a British actress. In 2006, she won an Olivier Award for her role in A Raisin in the Sun. She starred as Hermione Granger in the original West End and Broadway runs of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which garnered her a second Laurence Olivier Award and a Tony Award nomination.
Noma Dumezweni in Out of Darkness, 2012 short film by Manjinder Virk
Born in Swaziland, of South African parents, Dumezweni lived in Botswana, Kenya and Uganda. She arrived in England as a refugee on 17 May 1977 with her sister and mother. She first lived in Felixstowe, Suffolk, where she was educated, before moving to London. She has a daughter, Qeiva, born in 2007.
Dumezweni's work in theatre includes: President of an Empty Room and The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other at the National Theatre, London; Breakfast with Mugabe, Antony and Cleopatra and Much Ado About Nothing for the RSC; A Raisin in the Sun for the Young Vic at the Lyric Hammersmith, London (for which she won her Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Master and Margarita, Nathan the Wise and The Coffee House at Chichester Festival Theatre, Six Characters in Search of an Author in the Chichester Festival production at the Gielgud Theatre and The Bogus Woman at the Traverse and the Bush. In spring of 2009 she appeared in the RSC's The Winter's Tale. In 2013-2014 she appeared in A Human Being Died That Night at the Fugard Theater in Cape Town, the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, which later transferred to the Hampstead Theatre in London.
She starred in Linda at London's Royal Court Theatre in November 2015, stepping into the role vacated by Kim Cattrall with a few days notice before press night. Awarding the production five stars, the Daily Telegraph's Chief Theatre Critic Dominic Cavendish wrote "If they can bottle and mass-produce whatever it is that Noma Dumezweni has got then, please, I want to order a life-time’s supply."
In December 2015 it was announced that Dumezweni had been cast as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. On the announcement, theatre critic Kate Maltby described her as "an actress who consistently engages and enthrals." The casting of the black Dumezweni as Hermione sparked fervent discussion, to which J.K. Rowling responded that Hermione's skin was never specified as white (although people did point out that she did describe Hermione in the series as white). Because of her role she was listed as one of BBC's 100 women during 2018.  Dumezweni reprised her role on Broadway at the Lyric Theatre in 2018.
|2002||Dirty Pretty Things||Film||Celia|
|2003||Holby City||TV series||Hannah Keelan||Episode: "The One You Love: Part 2"|
|2005||Silent Witness||TV series||DS Erin Jacobs||2 episodes|
|The Bill||TV series||Building Society Manager||Episode: "403"|
|2006||Mysterious Creatures||TV film||Chanelle Pinkerton|
|Holby City||TV series||Hesta Mukaka||Episode: "Fly Me to the Moon"|
|After Thomas||TV film||Paula Murray|
|2007||Shameless||TV series||Mrs. Newman||Episode: "4.5"|
|The Grey Man||TV film||Sergeant|
|Fallen Angel||TV series||Carla||Episode: "The Four Last Things"|
|New Tricks||TV series||Sophie Oyekambi||Episode: "Casualty"|
|EastEnders||TV series||D.C. Wright||Episode: "17 August 2007"|
|2008||The Last Enemy||TV series||Valerie||Episode: "1.1"|
|The Colour of Magic||TV film||Marchessa|
|Fallout||TV film||Joyce Abena|
|The Escort||Short film||Mrs. Williams|
|2008–2009||Doctor Who||TV series||Captain Erisa Magambo||2 episodes|
|2012||Casualty||TV series||Marsha Chilcot||2 episodes|
|Teeth||Short film||Mrs. Taylor|
|Magpie Sings the Blues||Short film||Dr. Marcia Hammond|
|2013||Frankie||TV series||Angie Rascoe||6 episodes|
|2015||Midsomer Murders||TV series||Ailsa Probert||Episode: "Murder by Magic"|
|Capital||TV series||Greaves||2 episodes|
|Casualty||TV series||Susan Blossom||Episode: "Maybe This Year"|
|Noma: Forgiving Apartheid||Documentary||Noma Dumezweni|
|2017||Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams||TV series||Senior Agent Okhile||Episode: "The Hood Maker"|
|2018||Black Earth Rising||TV series||Alice Munezero|
|Mary Poppins Returns||Film||Miss Penny Farthing|
|2019||The Kid Who Would Be King||Film||Mrs. Lee|
|The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind||Film||Edith Sikelo|
In radio, she has appeared in Jambula Tree, Seven Wonders of the Divided World, From Fact to Fiction, From Freedom to the Future, Handprint, Jane's Story, Sagila, Shylock, The Farming of Bones, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, The Seven Ages of Car, The Bogus Woman and Breakfast with Mugabe.
- Hoggard, Liz (20 December 2015). "Noma Dumezweni: 'I'm starting to believe in the universe right now'". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
- "7 Things You Need to Know About London's Newly Announced Hermione Granger". Playbill.
- Olivier Awards ceremony 2017
- National Theatre : Productions : The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other Archived 17 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Peter Hepple (1 July 2005). "Reviews: President of an Empty Room". The Stage. Retrieved 3 January 2012.(Subscription required.)
- Billington, Michael (15 April 2006). "Breakfast With Mugabe". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- Ben Whitehouse. "Coventry and Warwickshire Stage – Tragedy and humour meet head on at RST". BBC. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- Royal Shakespeare Company : Archived releases Archived 2 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Lyric Hammersmith | A Raisin in the Sun Archived 13 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- "Olivier Awards 2006". Laurence Olivier Awards. 2006. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- Michael Sell (1 June 2004). "Reviews: A Midsummer Night's Dream". The Stage. Retrieved 3 January 2012.(Subscription required.)
- Michael Sell (2 August 2004). "Reviews: The Master and Margarita". The Stage. Retrieved 3 January 2012.(Subscription required.)
- Gilchrist, Stephen (2 May 2003). "Nathan the Wise (Chichester)". What's On Stage. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
- Fisher, Philip (2008). "Review of Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Chichester Festival production". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
- Taylor, Paul (19 September 2008). "Review of Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Gielgud Theatre, London". The Independent. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
- Spencer, Charles (13 February 2001). "Out of Africa, into a refugee's nightmare". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- Billington, Michael (9 April 2009). "Winter's Tale Courtyard Stratford Review". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- "The Winter's Tale, 2009 David Farr Production". Royal Shakespeare Company. April 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- Peta David, Reviews: "A Winter’s Tale", The Stage, 14 April 2009.(Subscription required.)
- Sulcas, Roslyn (6 June 2014). "A Bit of South Africa's Ugly Past Comes to the Stage". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- "Linda, Royal Court, review: 'funny, touching, deeply uncomfortable-making'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
- Tan, Monica (21 December 2015). "Noma Dumezweni cast as Hermione in new Harry Potter stage play". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
- "There's nothing confusing about a black actress playing Hermione Granger - Spectator Blogs". Spectator Blogs. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
- Maltby, Kate. "There's nothing confusing about a black actress playing Hermione Granger – Spectator Blogs". Spectator Blogs. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
JK Rowling tweeted this morning that she'd never specified Hermione's skin colour in the books
- J.K. Rowling [@jk_rowling] (21 December 2015). "Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 20 January 2016 – via Twitter.
- "BBC 100 Women 2018: Who is on the list?". BBC News. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- McPhee, Ryan (2 August 2017). "Original Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Trio to Reunite on Broadway; Additional Casting Announced | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
- "From Fact to Fiction, Series 2, Episode 1". BBC. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Drama on 3: Handprint". BBC Radio 3. 26 March 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Jane's Story". RadioListings. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Drama on 3: Shylock". BBC Radio 3. 5 March 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "The Farming of Bones". BBC Radio 4. 7 November 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Afternoon Drama: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Series 4, A Very Rude Woman". BBC Radio 4. 3 January 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Afternoon Drama: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Series 4, Talking Shoes". BBC Radio 4. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "The Bogus Woman". RadioListings. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Drama on 3: Breakfast With Mugabe". BBC Radio 3. 4 June 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012.