Naomie Harris

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Naomie Harris
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Harris at the Skyfall premiere in Sydney, Australia, November 16, 2012
BornNaomie Melanie Harris
(1976-09-06) 6 September 1976 (age 38)
London, England
Alma materCambridge University
Years active1987–present
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Naomie Harris
Naomie Harris 2, 2012.jpg
Harris at the Skyfall premiere in Sydney, Australia, November 16, 2012
BornNaomie Melanie Harris
(1976-09-06) 6 September 1976 (age 38)
London, England
Alma materCambridge University
Years active1987–present

Naomie Melanie Harris[1] (born 6 September 1976)[1] is a British actress. She played Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond films Skyfall and will reprise the role in the upcoming Spectre, The Voodoo Witch Tia Dalma/Calypso in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films, Selena in 28 Days Later, and Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Early life[edit]

Naomie Harris was born 6 September 1976. She was brought up in London, where she attended St Marylebone School and 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.[2] 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.[3] Harris gained her training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.[4]


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.[5] In November 2002, she starred in Danny Boyle's post-apocalyptic film 28 Days Later.[1] In the same year, she starred in the television adaptation of Zadie Smith's White Teeth.[1]

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.[1] She also did a comic turn in Michael Winterbottom's indie ensemble piece, A Cock and Bull Story.[6]

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.[7][8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

Harris co-starred in the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, playing Eve Moneypenny.[3] She is the first black actress to play Moneypenny.[11] In 2012, Harris was the voice-over for the Boss Nuit Pour Femme advert 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.[12] The film was released on 29 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".[13][14]

Harris is set to reprise her role as Eve Moneypenny in the 24th Bond film Spectre, which will be released on 23 October 2015.[15]



2002Living In HopeGinny
200228 Days LaterSelena
2004After the SunsetSophie
2006Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestTia Dalma
2006Miami ViceDet. Trudy Joplin
2006A Cock and Bull StoryJennie
2007Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndTia Dalma/Calypso
2008Street KingsLinda Washington
2008Explicit IllsJill
2009Morris: A Life with Bells OnSonja
2009Ninja AssassinMika Coretti
2009Sex & Drugs & Rock & RollDenise
2009My Last Five GirlfriendsGemma
2010The First GraderJane Obinchu
2012SkyfallEve Moneypenny
2013Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomWinnie Mandela
2015SpectreEve Moneypenny


1987–1988Simon and the WitchJoyce1 episode
1989Erasmus MicromanMillie1 episode
1992–1993Runaway BayShuku17 episodes
1992–1995The Tomorrow PeopleAmi Jackson16 episodes
2000Dream TeamLola Olokwe1 episode
2002Trial & Retribution VTara Gray1 episode
2002White TeethClara4 episodes
2002The ProjectMaggie Dunn
2002–2003DinotopiaRomana2 episodes
2008Poppy ShakespearePoppy Shakespeare
2009Small IslandHortense Roberts
2009Blood and OilAlice Omuka
2010AccusedAlison Wade1 episode

Video games[edit]

2010Fable IIIPage
2012007 LegendsEve Moneypenny


2011FrankensteinElizabeth Lavenza

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
2003Golden NymphBest Performance by an Actress[16]White TeethNominated
2004Black Reel AwardsBest Breakthrough Performance[16]28 Days LaterWon
2007BAFTA AwardsRising Star[16]Nominated
2010Satellite AwardsBest Actress in a Miniseries[16]Small IslandNominated
2010RTS Television AwardBest Actress[16]Small IslandWon
2011Glamour AwardsTheatre Actress of the Year[16]FrankensteinWon
2012Black Reel AwardsBest Actress[16]The First GraderNominated
2013Essence AwardsShining Star Award[16]SkyfallWon
2013The Hollywood Reporter AwardsBreakthrough in Film Award[16]Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomWon
2013Harpers Bazaar Woman of the Year AwardsBritish Actress[16]Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomWon
2013Elle Woman in Hollywood AwardWoman of the Year[16]Won
2013Capri, Hollywood International Film FestivalBest Supporting Actress[16]Won
2014London Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting Actress[16]Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomNominated
2014London Film Critics Circle AwardsBritish Actress of the Year[16]Nominated
2014NAACP AwardsBest Supporting Actress[16]Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomNominated


  1. ^ a b c d e "Naomie Harris- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Charlotte Philby (24 April 2010). "My Secret Life: Naomie Harris, actress, 33". The Independent. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Lilia Diu, Nisha (25 October 2012). "Naomie Harris interview for Skyfall: RIP the Bond girl". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Naomie Harris Biography". Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Naomie Harris Biography". Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story". 6 October 2005. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Small Island: Naomie Harris plays Hortense". BBC. 14 October 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (17 April 2010). "‘Small Island’ weaves tale of hope and despair". Boston Globe. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Rozen, Leah (17 May 2011). "Actress Naomie Harris: From First Grade to ‘Frankenstein’". BBC. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Naomie Harris On The First Grader". Empire. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  11. ^ Roy, Amit (6 November 2011). "Tittle tittle". The Daily Telegraph (Calcutta, India). Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  12. ^ Browne, Niall. "Idris Elba & Naomie Harris Take A ‘Long Walk To Freedom’". Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Smith, Julia Liewellyn (January 2, 2014). "Naomie Harris interview: 'Winnie Mandela terrified me'". London: The Telegraph. 
  14. ^ "Naomie Harris Nervous to meet Winnie Mandela". RTÉ Ireland. January 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Spectre: James Bond 24 title is revealed". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Awards for Naomie Harris". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 

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Preceded by
Samantha Bond
Miss Moneypenny
(in Eon James Bond films)
Succeeded by