Nicole Beharie

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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 29)[1]
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.[1]
Nationality American
Education Juilliard School
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008–present

Nicole Beharie (born January 3, 1985)[1] is an American actress. She is known for her roles in American Violet (2008), Shame (2011), and 42 (2013). Since September 2013, she has starred in the Fox fantasy series Sleepy Hollow.

Early life and education[edit]

Beharie was born in West Palm Beach, Florida.[1] She attended Orangeburg Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg, 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[3] (Drama Division Group 36: 2003–2007).[4] She was awarded a Shakespeare scholarship and trained in England.[5]

Career[edit]

Beharie made her feature film debut in the 2008 film American Violet,[6] 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),[7] 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, Beharie played Piper, a troubled young woman who never leaves her apartment.[8][9] Beharie played Marianne in the Steve McQueen film Shame,[10] about a 30-something sex addict played by Michael Fassbender, his myriad of sexual escapades, and what happens when his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves in with him. Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe praised her performance, calling her "a marvel of natural transparency".[11]

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.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 American Violet Dee Roberts
2008 The Express Sarah Ward
2010 Sins of the Mother Shay Television movie
2011 My Last Day Without You Leticia Johnson
2011 Shame Marianne
2012 Apartment 4E Piper
2012 The Last Fall Faith Davis
2012 The Mirror Between Us Zora Short film
2012 Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day Beth Hutchins
2013 42 Rachel Robinson Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Three Rivers Helen Reed Episode: "Win-loss"
2011 The Good Wife Imani Stonehouse 2 episodes
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Tracy Harrison Episode: "Child's Welfare"
2013–present Sleepy Hollow Abbie Mills 22 episodes
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Star: Female

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2010–11 A Free Man of Color Margery Jolicoeur Broadway

Soundtrack appearance[edit]

Year Album Note
2013 My Last Day Without You Original motion picture soundtrack

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2009 African-American Film Critics Best Actress American Violet Won
Women's Film Critics Circle Best Actress Nominated
2010 Black Reel Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Best Ensemble Nominated
2012 Black Reel Awards Best Song My Last Day Without You Nominated
2014 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Sleepy Hollow Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Nicole Beharie Biography - Nicole Beharie Bio". Celebs101.com. 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. ^ "Nicole Beharie talks about Julliard [sic] and 'American Violet'". TheLoop21.com. April 17, 2009. Retrieved May 4, 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. March 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ Osenlund, Kurt R (April 12, 2013). "On the Rise: Nicole Beharie". Slant Magazine. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Celebrities | News". BET. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  7. ^ "Sins of the Mother". mylifetime.com. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Small Of Her Back". Small Of Her Back. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  9. ^ "Small of Her Back : Post-Production by Russell Sharman — Kickstarter". Kickstarter.com. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  10. ^ "20 Questions: Theater & Film Ingenue Nicole Beharie - Entertainment Newswire | Black Voices". Bvnewswire.com. 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ 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.". craveonline.com. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 

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