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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 Delta, 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.
|Scrotal Recall||Anna||Channel 4 series|
|Sinbad||the professor||Sky1 TV series, episode "For Whom the Egg Shatters"|
|Luther||Det. Sgt Erin Gray (Series 2), promoted to Det. Chief Inspector in Series 3||BBC One TV series|
|Silent Witness||Det Supt Gaynor Jenkins||BBC One TV series|
|Small Island||Autumn 2009||BBC1|
|Survivors||2008-2010||Samantha Willis MP||notes BBC One TV series|
|The Disappeared (2008 film)||2008||Shelley Cartwright||notes|
|The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency||2008||Alice Busang||notes|
|The Last Enemy'||2008||Susan Ross||TV mini-series|
|Torchwood||2008||Beth Halloran/Sleeper Agent||one episode|
|The Whistleblowers||2007||Helen Errol||one episode|
|Five Days||2007||PC Simone Farnes||TV mini-series|
|Robin Hood||2006||Abbess||one episode|
|Spooks||2006||Michelle Lopez||one episode|
|The Omen||2006||Dr. Becker|
|The Line of Beauty||2006||Rosemary Charles||two episodes|
|Shoot the Messenger||2006||Heather||notes|
|The True Voice of Prostitution||2006|
|Casualty @ Holby City||2005||Moji Muzenda||3 episodes|
|Holby City||1999–2005||various||3 episodes|
|Casualty||2005||Moji Muzenda||1 episode|
|Afterlife||2005||Sandra Petch||1 episode|
|Silent Witness||2005||Simone Campbell||1 episode|
|Murder Prevention||2004||Gemma||1 episode|
|Bad Girls||2003–2004||Paula Miles||8 episodes|
|Canterbury Tales||2003||Constance Musa||1 episode|
|Safe as Houses||2000||Carole|
|Forgive and Forget||2000||Emma|
|The Bill||1999||Doreen West||1 episode|
- Caroline Bishop, "Nikki Amuka-Bird", Official London Theatre, 30 June 2010.
- "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - Nikki Amuka Bird plays Alice Busang", BBC Press Office.
- Alex Flatcher, "BBC One to adapt Levy's 'Small Island'", Digital Spy, 23 October 2008.
- Nikki Amuka-Bird at the Internet Movie Database
- Nikki Amuka-Bird at Hamilton Hodell Talent Management.
- 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.