Alice Krige

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Alice Krige
Alice Krige 2006.jpg
Alice Krige in October 2006
BornAlice Maud Krige
(1954-06-28) 28 June 1954 (age 59)
Upington, Cape Province, Union of South Africa
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Paul Schoolman (1988–present)
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Alice Krige
Alice Krige 2006.jpg
Alice Krige in October 2006
BornAlice Maud Krige
(1954-06-28) 28 June 1954 (age 59)
Upington, Cape Province, Union of South Africa
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Paul Schoolman (1988–present)

Alice Maud Krige (/ˈkrɡə/; born 28 June 1954) is a South African actress and producer. Her first feature film role was as the Gilbert and Sullivan singer Sybil Gordon in the 1981 Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire. Since then, she has played a variety of roles in a number of genres. Krige first played the role of the Borg Queen in the motion picture Star Trek: First Contact and reprised the role for the final episode of the television series Star Trek: Voyager. A year after the series ended, she reprised the role in "Borg Invasion 4-D" at Star Trek: The Experience.

Early life[edit]

Krige was born in Upington, Cape Province, Union (now Republic) of South Africa, the daughter of Pat, a psychologist, and Louis Krige, a physician. The Kriges later moved to Port Elizabeth where Alice grew up in what she has described as a "very happy family", with two brothers, both of whom became physicians.[1][2] She left for London, England, in 1976, with plans to become a clinical psychologist, but turned to acting after an experience in an acting class at Rhodes University. She then attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.[3]


Krige made her professional debut on British television in 1979, and appeared in the television movie A Tale of Two Cities. She went on to play Sybil Gordon in Chariots of Fire and Eva Galli/Alma Mobley in Ghost Story, both in 1981.

She earned a Plays and Players Award, as well as a Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer, after appearing in a 1981 West End theatre production of George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man.[2][3] This early theatrical success allowed her to also work with the Royal Shakespeare Company.[citation needed]

Krige played Bathsheba in King David (1985) and Mary Shelley in Haunted Summer (1988). She appeared on stage in plays such as Thomas Otway's Venice Preserv'd. She appeared in what she called "tons of TV" in both the United States and the United Kingdom,[citation needed] including made for television movies from Baja Oklahoma (1988) and Ladykiller (1992), to mini-series such as Ellis Island (1984) and Scarlet and Black (1993). She also performed in several horror films, including Ghost Story, Sleepwalkers, Stay Alive, and Silent Hill.

Krige at event of Star Trek

In Star Trek: First Contact, Krige played the Borg Queen, who attempts to assimilate Earth into the Borg collective. She won Best Supporting Actress at the 1997 Saturn Awards for that role.[2] Krige returned to this character in the Star Trek game Star Trek: Armada II and in the Star Trek: Voyager series finale "Endgame" in 2001. Her science fiction career has also expanded into television, with prominent roles in miniseries adaptations of Dinotopia and Frank Herbert's Children of Dune.

In April 2004, Krige was awarded an honorary Litt.D. degree from Rhodes University.[2]

Krige starred in a number of made-for-television movies and miniseries. She played the role of Natalie Wood's bad mother in The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004), and starred as Joan Collins in Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure.[4][5] She had recurring roles in Deadwood, and guest starred in Six Feet Under, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The 4400, and Dirty Sexy Money

In 2008, she had a leading role as Sannie Laing, Sandra's mother, in Skin, the biopic about Sandra Laing, who was classified "Coloured" by the South African authorities during Apartheid, although her parents were white. In 2011, Krige appeared in the BBCs final season of Spooks, playing Russian double agent Elena Gavrik.[6] Krige also featured in the final season of BBC drama Waking the Dead, in 2011.[7] In recent years, Krige appeared in films Solomon Kane, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and Thor: The Dark World.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Krige has been married to writer and director Paul Schoolman since 1988.[2]



1976Vergeet My NieWelma de Villiers
1981Chariots of FireSybil Gordon
1981Ghost StoryEva Galli / Alma Mobley
1985King DavidBathsheba
1987BarflyTully Sorenson
1988Haunted SummerMary Wollstonecraft Godwin
1989See You in the MorningBeth Goodwin
1992SleepwalkersMary Brady
1992Spies Inc.Isabelle
1994Sea BeggarsWifeShort film
1995Institute BenjamentaLisa Benjamenta
1996Star Trek: First ContactBorg Queen
1996AmandaAudrey Farnsworth
1997HabitatClarissa Symes
1997Twilight of the Ice NymphsZephyr Eccles
1998The CommissionerIsabelle Morton
1999Molokai: The Story of Father DamienMother Marianne Cope
2000The Little VampireFreda Sackville-Bagg
2000The CallingElizabeth Plummer
2001SuperstitionMirella Cenci
2002Reign of FireKaren Abercromby
2004Star Trek: The Experience - Borg Invasion 4DBorg QueenShort film
2004Shadow of FearMargie Henderson
2006Stay AliveThe Author
2006Silent HillChristabella LaRoache
2006Lonely HeartsJanet Long
2006The ContractAgent Gwen Miles
2007Ten Inch HeroZo
2008SkinSannie Laing
2008The BetrayedFalco
2009Solomon KaneKatherine Crowthorn
2010The Sorcerer's ApprenticeMorgan le Fay
2011WillSister Carmel
2012Jail CaesarPirate CaptainAlso producer
2013Thor: The Dark WorldEir


1980BBC2 PlayhouseEpisode: "The Happy Autumn Fields"
1980A Tale of Two CitiesLucie ManetteTV Movie
1982The ProfessionalsDiana MolnerEpisode: "Operation Susie"
1983Arms and the ManRainaTV Movie
1984Ellis IslandBridget O'DonnellTV Mini-Series
1985Wallenberg: A Hero's StoryBaroness Lisl KemenyTV Movie
1985Murder, She WroteNita CochranEpisode: "Murder in the Afternoon"
1986Dream WestJessie Benton FremontTV Mini-Series
1986Second ServeGwenTV Movie
1988Baja OklahomaPatsy ClineTV Movie
1990Max and HelenHelen WeissTV Movie
1991Strauss DynastyOlgaTV Mini-Series
1991The Hidden RoomJenniferEpisode: "Dream Child"
1991L'Amérique en otageParveneh LimbertTV Movie
1992LadykillerMay PackardTV Movie
1992Beverly Hills, 90210Anne BerrisfordEpisode: "Wild Horses"
1993Judgment Day: The John List StoryJean SyfertTV Movie
1993Double DeceptionPamela SparrowTV Movie
1993Jack Reed: Badge of HonorJoan AnatoleTV Movie
1993The Scarlet and the BlackMadame de RenalTV Mini-Series
1994Sharpe's HonourLa MarquesaTV Movie
1995JosephRachelTV Movie
1995Donor UnknownAlice StillmanTV Movie
1995Devil's AdvocateAlessandra LocatelliTV Movie
1996Hidden in AmericaDeeTV Movie
1997Indefensible: The Truth About Edward BranniganRebecca DalyTV Movie
1998Close RelationsLouiseTV Mini-Series
1998Welcome to ParadoxAura MendozaEpisode: "Acute Triangle"
1999Deep in My HeartAnnalise JurgensonTV Movie
1999BeckerDr. Sandra RushEpisode: "Activate Your Choices"
1999In the Company of SpiesSarah GoldTV Movie
2001AttilaGalla PlacidiaTV Mini-Series
2001Star Trek: VoyagerBorg QueenEpisode: "Endgame"
2002Six Feet UnderAlmaEpisodes: "Out, Out, Brief Candle" and "The Plan"
2002DinotopiaRosemary WaldoTV Mini-Series
2003Children of DuneLady Jessica AtreidesTV Mini-Series
2003The Death and Life of Nancy EatonSnubby EatonTV Movie
2004The Mystery of Natalie WoodMaria GurdinTV Movie
2003, 2004Threat MatrixSenator Lily RandolphEpisodes: "Flipping" and "19 Seconds"
2005Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty PleasureJoan CollinsTV Movie
2005DeadwoodMaddie5 episodes
2006Law & Order: Criminal IntentGillian BoothEpisode: "Dramma Giocoso"
2006The Line of BeautyRachel FeddenTV Mini-Series
2006The 4400SarahEpisodes: "Gone: Part 1" and "Gone: Part 2"
2007PersuasionLady RussellTV Movie
2007Heroes and VillainsLetiziaEpisode: "Napoleon"
2008Dirty Sexy MoneyJudge Alexis WyethEpisode: "The Family Lawyer"
2009Midsomer MurdersJenny FrazerEpisode: "Secrets and Spies"
2011Waking the DeadKaren HardingEpisodes: "Care: Part 1" and "Care: Part 2"
2011Page EightEmma BaronTV Movie
2011SpooksElena Gavrik6 episodes


  1. ^ Alice Krige biodata at Yahoo! Movies
  2. ^ a b c d e The Alice Krige Home Page biography
  3. ^ a b "Alice Krige biography and filmography". 28 June 1954. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (1 January 2005). "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure: If You've Got It, Flaunt It: ABC Trumpets an 80's Hit". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure: Credits". Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "'Star Trek' star Alice Krige is 'amazing' in 'Spooks', say writers". 8 September 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Alice Krige Credits". 28 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Published Monday, 13 August 2012, 15:33 BST (13 August 2012). "'Thor: The Dark World' casts Alice Krige - Movies News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Actress Alice Krige Joins THOR: THE DARK WORLD". 8 December 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 

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