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Naomie Harris –

Harris in Skyfall.

About Naomie Harris (1976 – )

Naomie Melanie Harris was born on 6 September 1976 in London, where she was raised, and where she attended St Marylebone School. She graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1998 with a degree in Social and Political Sciences. Her mother, Lisselle Kayla, is originally from Jamaica, and her father from Trinidad. They separated before she was born, and she was raised by her mother. Her mother worked as a screenwriter on EastEnders and is now a healer. Harris gained her training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Harris has appeared in television and film since she was nine, including a starring role on the remake of the science fiction series The Tomorrow People. In November 2002, she starred in Danny Boyle's post-apocalyptic film 28 Days Later. In the same year, she starred in the television adaptation of Zadie Smith's White Teeth. Since then, 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 also did a comic turn in Michael Winterbottom's indie ensemble piece, A Cock and Bull Story. She starred in Channel 4's adaptation of the 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 plays the lead role in The First Grader, directed by Justin Chadwick, which premiered on 18 May 2011 in the Seattle International Film Festival. Harris co-starred in the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, playing Eve Moneypenny. She is the first black actress to play Moneypenny, and is the first Moneypenny to be given a first name. In 2012, Harris was the voice-over for the Boss Nuit Pour Femme ad starring actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Harris portrayed Winnie Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on the book of the same name, opposite actor Idris Elba. The film was released in November 2013. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on viewing the film told Harris that it seemed like she wasn't acting, but channeling her and that it was "the first time she felt truly captured on film". Harris reprised her role as Eve Moneypenny in the 24th Bond film Spectre, which was released in October 2015.

Harris has been in a relationship with Peter Legler since 2012.

Naomie Harris's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2001 Crust Receptionist
2002 Living In Hope Ginny
2002 Anansi Carla
2002 28 Days Later Selena
2004 Trauma Elisa
2004 After the Sunset Sophie
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Tia Dalma
2006 Miami Vice Det. 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
2008 Explicit Ills Jill
2008 August Sarah
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
2012 Skyfall Eve Moneypenny
2013 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Winnie Mandela
2015 Southpaw Angela Rivera
2015 Spectre Eve Moneypenny
2016 Moonlight
2016 Our Kind of Traitor Gail Perkins
2017 Jungle Book: Origins Nisha (voice)

Naomie Harris's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
Simon and the Witch Joyce
1989 Erasmus Microman Millie
Runaway Bay Shuku
The Tomorrow People Ami Jackson
2000 Dream Team Lola Olokwe
2002 Trial & Retribution V Tara Gray
2002 White Teeth Clara
2002 The Project Maggie Dunn
Dinotopia Romana
2008 Poppy Shakespeare Poppy Shakespeare
2009 Small Island Hortense Roberts
2009 Blood and Oil Alice Omuka
2010 Accused Alison Wade

Memorable Quotes by Naomie Harris

“I like to believe that we all pray to the same god.”

“I really enjoyed working with Daniel [Craig], because he's a brilliant actor at the top of his game. That gave me an opportunity to learn from the best, which is what you're always looking for as a performer in order to grow and get better at your craft. It was also great because he was so nice and incredibly supportive, because it really was an intimidating experience for me. He sort of held my hand and said, "We're in this together and we'll get through it together." And he did look after me.”

“Hollywood 'friends' are only after one thing. They're looking out for the next big thing, and they don't want to miss out on you just in case.”

“Actors need steely determination. It's a tough profession with plenty of knocks along the way. You have to be very determined and never take 'no' for an answer.”

“I did not enjoy Cambridge. But I shouldn't blame Cambridge alone. I wasn't ready for university or for the wrench of leaving home. It was a big cultural shock.”

“I try to be upbeat. I read this book which tells you to write down everything that you're grateful for each day. Now I'm constantly noticing all the little things that make me joyful.”

Things You May Not Know About Naomie Harris

She is best known to American audiences for her roles as Tia Dalma in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and as Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond series, beginning with Skyfall.

Trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Has been in a long-term relationship with Peter Legler Since 2012.

Appeared in two films that earned $1 billion at the worldwide box-office, as did Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway.

Replaced Lupita Nyong'o in the role of Angela Rivera in Southpaw (2015) after Nyong'o backed out of the project.

She is the first black actress to play Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond series. Harris's interpretation of Moneypenny is also significantly expanded from the character's secretarial roots; in Skyfall (2012) she is introduced as a full-fledged MI6 field agent and an agile sidekick to Bond.

Naomie Harris as Nelson Mandela's wife, Winnie, in Mandela:
Long Walk to Freedom (2013)... Pictures three and five with Idris Elba.
Naomie Harris in Ninja Assassin (2009).
Harris in Our Kind of Traitor (2016)...
With Ewan McGregor and Damien Lewis.
Harris as Tia Dalma/Calypso in
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
Harris as Eve Moneypenny in Skyfall (2012).
As Moneypenny in Spectre (2015).
In The First Grader (2010).
Naomie Harris in 28 Days Later (2002).