Nicole Beharie

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Nicole Beharie
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Beharie at the 2014 Comic-Con International
Born(1985-01-03) January 3, 1985 (age 30)
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
EducationJuilliard School
Years active2008–present
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Nicole Beharie
Nicole Beharie SDCC 2014 (cropped).jpg
Beharie at the 2014 Comic-Con International
Born(1985-01-03) January 3, 1985 (age 30)
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
EducationJuilliard School
Years active2008–present

Nicole Beharie (born January 3, 1985) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the drama film American Violet (2008), the drama Shame (2011), which is about a man's sexual addiction, and the biographical sports drama 42 (2013). Since September 2013, she has starred in the Fox fantasy series Sleepy Hollow.

Early life and education[edit]

Beharie was born in Columbia South Carolina.[1] She attended Dreher High School in Columbia, South Carolina, and is a 2003 graduate of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities,[2] a public residential high school in Greenville. Beharie was then accepted Juilliard School, a performing arts conservatory (Drama division Group 36: 2003–07).[3] She was awarded a Shakespeare scholarship and trained in England.[4]


Beharie made her feature film debut in the 2008 film American Violet,[5] where she played the leading role. Also in the same year she played Sarah Ward in the American sports film, The Express opposite actor Rob Brown. In the Lifetime movie, Sins of the Mother (2010),[6] Beharie portrayed Shay Hunter, a struggling university student who goes on a journey to mend her fractured relationship with her mother Nona played by Jill Scott.

In 2011, Beharie performed five original songs as a singer-songwriter opposite German actor Ken Duken in the romantic comedy My Last Day Without You. In the Russell Leigh Sharman film adaptation of his play Apartment 4E, she played Piper, a troubled young woman who never leaves her apartment.[7][8] Beharie played Marianne in the Steve McQueen film Shame,[9] about a 30-something sex addict played by Michael Fassbender, his myriad of sexual escapades, and what happens when his wayward younger sister moves in with him. Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe praised her performance, calling her "a marvel of natural transparency".[10]

In 2013, Beharie starred as Rachel Robinson, wife of Jackie Robinson (played by Chadwick Boseman), in the historical baseball feature 42. The same year, she began portraying Abbie Mills on the Fox fantasy series Sleepy Hollow, which is based on the 1820 short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving.[11]



2008American VioletDee Roberts
2008The ExpressSarah Ward
2011My Last Day Without YouLeticia Johnson
2012Apartment 4EPiper
2012The Last FallFaith Davis
2012The Mirror Between UsZoraShort film
2012Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th DayBeth Hutchins
201342Rachel Robinson


2009Three RiversHelen ReedEpisode: "Win-loss"
2010Sins of the MotherShayMovie
2011The Good WifeImani Stonehouse2 episodes
2012Law & Order: Special Victims UnitTracy HarrisonEpisode: "Child's Welfare"
2013–presentSleepy HollowAbbie Mills28 episodes


2010–11A Free Man of ColorMargery JolicoeurBroadway

Soundtrack appearance[edit]

2013My Last Day Without YouOriginal motion picture soundtrack

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2009African-American Film CriticsBest ActressAmerican VioletWon[12]
Women's Film Critics CircleBest ActressNominated
2010Black Reel AwardsBest ActressNominated
Best Breakthrough PerformanceNominated
Best EnsembleNominated
2012Black Reel AwardsBest SongMy Last Day Without YouNominated
2014NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesSleepy HollowNominated


  1. ^ "Nicole Beharie Biography - Nicole Beharie Bio". 1985-01-03. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  2. ^ "Three drama alums on Broadway". South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities. November 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. March 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ Osenlund, Kurt R (April 12, 2013). "On the Rise: Nicole Beharie". Slant Magazine. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Celebrities | News". BET. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  6. ^ "Sins of the Mother". Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Small Of Her Back". Small Of Her Back. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  8. ^ "Small of Her Back : Post-Production by Russell Sharman – Kickstarter". 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  9. ^ "20 Questions: Theater & Film Ingenue Nicole Beharie - Entertainment Newswire | Black Voices". 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  10. ^ Morris, Wesley. "Down and dirty: Fassbender’s performance as a sex addict is spellbinding, though ‘Shame’ is not". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  11. ^ Topel, Fred (September 18, 2013). "Exclusive Interview: Nicole Beharie on ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and 42 We talk to Ichabod Crane’s police partner on Fox’s modern day "Sleepy Hollow" about the new take on the horror story, and her landmark role in the biopic 42.". Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ "On the Rise: Nicole Beharie". slant magazine. April 12, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 

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