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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 a Nigerian-born English actress of the stage, television and film.
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.
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.
Amuka-Bird married actor Geoffrey Streatfeild whom she met while touring with the RSC in Japan.
- 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.