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Amuka-Bird at the production of The Children's Monologues
10 March 1976 |
|Years active||1998 – present|
Nikki Amuka-Bird (born 27 February 1976) is an English actress of the stage, television and film.
Early life and education
Nikki Amuka-Bird was born in Benin, Nigeria where her father lives. She left there as a young child and was brought up by her mother in the UK and in Antigua. Attending boarding-school in Britain, Amuka-Bird originally hoped to be a dancer until that ambition was thwarted by injury: "I hurt my back and at that point was deciding what to do university-wise and I thought I would try for drama college because I knew you could do some dancing there but it didn’t have to take over everything. It was only really when I went to drama college that that world [acting] opened up to me and I fell in love with it and became obsessed like everybody else.” She went to LAMDA and subsequently performed with the RSC for the first time; while touring with them in Japan she met her husband, actor Geoffrey Streatfeild.
Her theatrical credits include Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre); Twelfth Night (Bristol Old Vic, for which she won an Ian Charleson Award nomination in 2004 for playing Viola); World Music (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, and Donmar Warehouse); Top Girls (Oxford Stage Company); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest and The Servant of Two Masters (Royal Shakespeare Company); Doubt: A Parable (Tricycle Theatre).
Her film credits include The Omen (2006 remake), Cargo, Almost Heaven as well as the screen adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith's novel The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. On television, Amuka-Bird has appeared in Spooks, The Line of Beauty, The Last Enemy, Robin Hood, Torchwood, and a recurring role in the reimagined BBC apocalyptic series Survivors. In 2010 she appeared as Det. Supt Gaynor Jenkins in the BBC's Silent Witness.
- Sinbad (Sky1 TV series) as the professor (episode "For Whom the Egg Shatters")
- Luther (BBC One TV series) as Det Sgt Erin Gray (Series 2), promoted to Detective Chief Inspector in Series 3
- Silent Witness (BBC One TV series) as Det Supt Gaynor Jenkins
- Small Island (BBC1, Autumn 2009)
- Survivors (BBC One TV series, 2008 and 2010) as Samantha Willis MP
- The Disappeared (2008 film) (2008) as Shelley Cartwright
- The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008 screen adaptation) as Alice Busang
- The Last Enemy (2008 TV mini-series) as Susan Ross (unknown episodes)
- Torchwood (TV series, 2008) as Beth Halloran/Sleeper Agent (one episode)
- The Whistleblowers (2007 TV series) as Helen Errol (one episode)
- Five Days (2007 TV mini-series) as PC Simone Farnes
- Born Equal (2006 TV series) as Itshe
- Robin Hood (TV series, 2006) as Abbess (1 episode)
- Spooks (TV series 2006) as Michelle Lopez (1 episode)
- The Omen (2006) as Dr. Becker
- The Line of Beauty (TV series 2006) as Rosemary Charles (2 episodes)
- Shoot the Messenger (2006) as Heather
- The True Voice of Prostitution (2006) (TV)
- Cargo (2006) as Subira
- Casualty @ Holby City as Moji Muzenda (3 episodes, 2005)
- Holby City (3 episodes, 1999–2005) as various
- Casualty as Moji Muzenda (1 episode, 2005)
- Afterlife (TV series, 2005) Sandra Petch (1 episode)
- Almost Heaven (TV, 2005) as Rosie
- Silent Witness (TV series, 2005) Simone Campbell (1 episode)
- Murder Prevention (TV series, 2004) as Gemma (1 episode)
- Bad Girls (TV series) as Paula Miles (8 episodes, 2003–2004)
- Canterbury Tales (TV series, 2003) as Constance Musa (1 episode)
- Doctors (TV series, 2000) as Nurse (1 episode)
- Safe as Houses (2000 TV series) as Carole (unknown episodes)
- Forgive and Forget (2000, TV) as Emma
- The Bill (TV series, 1999) as Doreen West (1 episode)
- Grafters (TV mini-series, 1998) as Martha (unknown episodes)
- Nikki Amuka-Bird at the Internet Movie Database
- Survivors Interview
- Tola Ositelu, Interview with Nikki Amuka-Bird: “Our job as actors is to show the colour of our skin doesn’t matter”, Soul Culture, 17 June 2010.
- Sophia A. Jackson, "Afridiziak Theatre News interview with Nikki Amuka-Bird, Welcome to Thebes", Afridiziak Theatre News, 3 June 2010.